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5.0 out of 5 stars a fascinating factual undertaking or simply a beautiful book & read, 20 Dec 2011
This review is from: Rock Atlas: 700 great music locations and the fascinating stories behind them (Paperback)
Over 650 musical locations & the stories behind them with so many fascinating entries that it is hard know where to begin. One of the first images you are hit with in the intro is the gravestone of Eleanor Rigby which inspired Lennon (also Location #467). Didn't realise but there is also an Eleanor Rigby statue in Liverpool (Location #442). Obviously there are many sixties places that are not in here but then the problem is how can you possible fit them all in. Do you put the address of every London studio & record company back then in? Notwithstanding those minor points then this is a beautiful book with many fine quality photos & easily to read text that you can at any given moment pick up skim through & find interesting info. Naturally it concentrates more on the famous acts but does also (which I appreciated) some of the more unknown or unexpected. For example particularly liked the mention of Spillers Records - it is located in Cardiff & reputedly the world's oldest record shop still going (#412). Amazing that secret out of the way pub gig in Somerset by Kylie Minogue & that pub location (the locals thought it was a hoax) (#26), & happy to see the not so well known but special West Runton Pavillion mentioned (#349). Salisbury even in itself has had 2 excellent books written on its scene and here it can only be due to space limitations virtually a page with half of that nicely devoted to DDDBM&T & their Salisbury City Hall blue plaque (#49). Interesting to see where the Stone Roses 'Love Spreads' sleeve comes from Newport Bridge's coat of arms (#423), plus Dusty Springfield's cliff top memorial location at Moher (#679). As Roberts humbly says in his fine intro "there's so many more tales to be told and we'd like to hear yours". The research that Roberts undertook here is really staggering and taking up to date clear photos of how the locations are looking today then this is simply a beautiful book & read.
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