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Music to Die For Paperback – 5 Mar. 2009
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The book has a comprehensive listing of bands from all over the world. You may notice omissions, but there always are in any piece of work of this magnitude. The book is a little over 600 pages, not the 700 listed in the product spec.
The format of band listings is as follows:
Some entries also have brief biographies or interesting comment.
I think the cover/sales description should make more of the inclusion of a basic discography for each band, its a valuable resource.
If the music rather than the "scene" is your passion then this is a great book to have in your possession. If you are looking for comment on the culture, the "scene" then this isn't what you are looking for. I love it. Its a valuable reference work and will provides hours of interest for a music collector such as myself.
Has no utility for me.
I was expecting to see great portfolios with exclusive photos and band history, but this is not the case.
In this book Mercer continues the format of his previous release '21st Century Goth' rather than 'Hex Files: The Goth Bible' or 'Gothic Rock: Everything You wanted to know but were to gormless to ask', keeping to the A-Z index format rather than delving into serious biographical detail.
In a sense of using it to look up rare interviews it will dissapoint, but for those with an obsessive lust for biographical and discography information on a range of bands that cover major gothic / industrial / metal acts to those who only have a myspace page and demo it is an invaluable resource. On top of that there are also resources for musicians listed as well.
On the whole it is a very usefull book for journalists, obsessive fans, and record collectors and one that I hope will be revised and expanded as the years go on to reflect the changing face of the international gothic music scene.
(Also see Mercer's previous books and the Rockdetector 'A-Z of' series)
~Sean M. Palfrey