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However, the main reasons the book works for me lies in its' presentation - 1 or 2 songs to a page, a short piece of text for every song that provides some background and history, a picture of the record sleeve for many of the songs, and larger full page photos of selected featured artists. Also because the songs are listed chronologically, the earliest included song is Enrico Caruso's 'O sole mio' from 1916 and the latest being three selected tunes from 2010, the book provides a kind of history of popular music through much of the 20th Century and beyond albeit a naturally incomplete and rather selective one (by selective I mean the focus on hand-picked individual songs, not particularly selective in terms of the consideration of different genres of 'popular music', which I thought was quite reasonable).
At this point I have to be honest and say that I have never heard some of the songs featured although I was aware of their existence; whilst I was completely unaware of quite a few others prior to reading this book. But for me these were not negative points, and I fully intend to seek out quite a few of the 'unknown' songs.
The book concludes with a more comprehensive '10,001 songs you must hear' presented in list form only (alphabetically by artist).Read more ›
This book, YouTube and I will be spending many evenings together.
Good criticism, nice layout, and remarkable affectedness in the tons of hits proposed in all this book (even the ones listed in the final 10'001 songs).
That being said, I do have some criticism of the list, or at the very least inconsistencies.
Taking into account the very fact they are sourcing from all types of especially Western popular musical tradition (featuring quite a bit of punk, reggae, hip-hop, hard rock, disco, etc.) there is a glaring hole in the middle of progressive rock's representation in the list. The tracks from the major "prog" bands listed are relatively commercial and not necessarily the best examples of their style of music nor their most influential and rated work. Either Yes's "Close To The Edge" or Genesis' "Supper's Ready", between them the zenith of progressive rock, should have been in the list. Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond (part 1)" arguably as well.
In other artists they sometimes seem to shy away from the obvious tracks and select some more obscure album tracks, like in the case of Randy Newman's "Louisiana 1927", a song I would hesitate to select on a Randy Newman compilation, which is selected above his essential "Rednecks".
Frank Zappa's selected entry is also a strange choice, as much of his other music has been infinitely more influential and ground-breaking.
Most glaringly perhaps, Simon & Garfunkel's "The Only Living Boy In New York" selected in favour of one of the absolute must-includes in even a much-reduced list ("Bridge Over Troubled Water" itself), does appear to make a little bit of a mockery of the selection criteria.Read more ›
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Great book for browsing and as a guide wehn trying to find soemthing to hear on SpotifyPublished 1 month ago by Cathy's Choice
Bought as a Christmas present for my 22 year old brother. He enjoys lots of different genre of music, so this broadens it further. Read morePublished 5 months ago by LeB
Well received Christmas present for my husband who enjoys these types of books, my daughter loves this as well.Published 7 months ago by Louise
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