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Rock Atlas: 700 great music locations and the fascinating stories behind them Paperback – Illustrated, 21 Oct 2011
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About the Author
Author and compiler David Roberts was formerly managing editor of the Guinness range of music books including British Hit Singles, Rockopedia and The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. His pop knowledge expanded hugely during his lengthy spell at Guinness where he had the good fortune to work alongside Tim Rice, Jo Rice and Paul Gambaccini. He is an author and contributor to music books and recently acted as writer for the British Music Experience visitor attraction at London s O2.
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The answer is, unequivocally, yes!
David Roberts, formerly the editor of the much-missed Guinness Book of Hit Singles & Albums, has put together a marvellous book that, as it says on the cover, details major rock locations and landmarks in the UK and Ireland. Each piece features a unique summary, quotes from rock luminaries and photos from the archives, some rarely seen before. Contemporary photos are also included which serve to show how rapidly situations can change. Readers are invited to actually visit the locations as specific directions are included, and perhaps you should visit while you still can, as some venues may not be around forever? Take for example Olympic Studios - when photographed recently, an active studio...now closed, having been sold by EMI, it's future uncertain.
It's not just the major stars who are included, although The Beatles, The Stones & the like feature prominently throughout. Smaller bands and artists also feature along with the some of the sadder entries, such as the Marc Bolan shrine in Barnes.
The fans will know about every aspect of their hero's life & career - however the casual reader may not be aware of the some of the major events that may have happened right in their neighbourhood and this, I think, is the real appeal of the book.
It's rich in detail, content and has clearly been a labour of love. I'm already looking forward to Volume II!!
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