1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die Paperback – 15 Oct 2008
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Written by top UK and US music journalists, 1001 Albums is the ultimate insiders guide to albums you must hear before you die. Over 650 images of key album covers, and live concert and studio shots. For the MP3 crowd every entry has an i-Pod style list with recommended downloads from each album
About the Author
Robert Dimery is a freelance writer and editor who has worked on Tony Wilson's 24 Hour Party People, Pump Up the Volume: A History of House, and 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, plus countless other popular music publications. He has also contributed to books on classic albums and classic singles, and has worked for a variety of magazines, including Time Out London and Vogue. He lives in London.
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Editing on 16 November 2014:
I'm afraid of some people could think I'm just a hater, a troll ... or, who knows, a resentful musician ignored by the Rolling Stone Magazine. So, I just want to complement my review with some specific information.
I'm talking as someone who's been an engaged music listener since his early teens, back in the 1970's. I've got a pretty respectable collection of about 4000 records: roughly speaking I have 3200 albums between rock & pop, 400 blues' albums, and another 400 of jazz.Read more ›
This book is satisfying on so many levels. As a general reference book of classic rock and pop, as a primer for more in-depth musical exploration, as a 'bluffer's guide' to rock: this book is all of these things and more. And, as the review title suggests, it is perfect for dipping in and out of as each inclusion can be read in a couple of minutes. And, yes, I really do keep it next to the toilet! (Is that too much information?)
The Mojo Collection does it so much better.
As he includes the most commercially successful albums since 1960, the chances are you'll find a fondly remembered disc. One of 90 journalists gives a positive review of your chosen album, with some trivia and/or a quote. This is all quite pleasing for a short browse.. BUT I've seen lots of these albums languishing in charity shops for 50p, so the "Must Hear Before You Die ..." tag just doesn't seem right. Briefly loved, these are now Disposable Discs rather than Desert Island Discs..
It's a thick, heavy, well presented book, so I'm giving it 3 stars - as my used copy was good value. [ I read the reviews here and so bought a used edition for £2.81. If you buy it I'd advise you to do the same.]
All the other books of the 1001 series have much wider scope. This isn't that bad, but it's disappointing compared to the others.
Team this up with a streaming/download app and you basically have access to the best of music forever. The reviews of the albums are honest and accurate. If you love music and you haven't got this book then, like me until now, you have been missing out.
I think Its pretty darn good Lots of variety and styles Though I think they could have added a few metal bands from the 2000's like Opeth and Dream theater these two bands really have something special about them.
the books is really good and features allsorts of music in it to try, althoguh the 2000's section seems to trail off and only focus on radio type stuff which is fine cos its good stuff but the variety dies down at that point when there is plenty of awesome stuff in the 2000's. Obviously these books are subjective because music is subjective and are designed to get the reader thinking what they would put in a list like this.
my liste would include Opeth, drea mtheater, flower kings. BB king , Canned heat , Free, Scroobius pip and danle sac. barenaked ladies, and a few other but NOT inplace of anything they put in the book I would just increase the number hahaha
I think its very good though it won't appeal to any particular genre purists like Metal heads who only listen to metal for example they would say it sucks. This is for MUSIC lovers not a genre lover.
Plenty of stuff too find and try though so that is why I gave it a 5 stars because it is about as well written and thought out as it possibly could be really
with the 2000's taking a slight dip
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a useful reference book in some respects. But I do agree with most of the criticisms put forward here in other reviews. Read morePublished 6 months ago by SC
I saw this book elsewhere at the weekend. It certainly is an exceptional publication! It had me diving into my wish list and subsequently a few CDs - and I haven't finisehed yet.Published 7 months ago by Clive Brown
Great reading and tremendous value. Bought for me as a Christmas present. Perfect dip and dip out book. If you see it for £10 snap it up - a bargain at that price. Read morePublished 7 months ago by oldgrey
This mammoth paperback is one in a series of useful books chronicling the '1001' things that the compilers believe you must either hear, see or read before you leave this planet. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Brit Boy
My son loved this, had been reading a friend's and mentioned it so ordered it for him last Christmas while he was talking to me, so easy.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer