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Rock Chronicles: A Visual History of the World's Greatest 250 Rock Acts Hardcover – 1 Oct 2012
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Comprehensive, information-packed and compelling reference guide for everyone who loves rock.
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This is a unique visual encyclopedia of rock and a must-have reference guide for any serious music fan. Documenting the development and impact of 250 of the world's most influential rock acts over the past fifty years and detailing the development of their sounds and line-ups, innovative colour-coded infographics outline each band's chart success and provide full details of every band member together with photographs and a biography. Beautiful and iconic images of the world's 50 biggest acts illustrate their defining looks and the huge impact that rock has had outside the music world. Written by renowned rock music authority David Roberts, Rock Chronicles is truly comprehensive, informative and compelling reference guide for everyone who enjoys and loves great rock music.See all Product description
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Given the tens of thousands of acts out there who have genuinely added to and enriched the music, 250 is a drop in the ocean; even twice that number would have left important contributions out. These may well be the cream of the crop, but I guarantee almost everyone picking up this book will spot something missing or question the inclusion of some other act - the limitations of the exercise dictate it.
What information there is on the acts who made the list is useful, interesting and concise; I do feel, however, that the format of the book is both wrong and misleading.
Unlike other music genres - excepting opera and musicals - rock has a heavy visual dimension, hence the inclusion of photographs; the spectacle is important. This would have been better conceived as a larger, art-format volume allowing more space for proper layout - the pictures here are clustered, often small-scale and with the limited number of acts included in the volume, this isn't properly an encyclopaedia - the format adopted. In that respect it`s a bit of a sheep in wolves` clothing - as many have figured out, it`s a coffee-table book.
The infografic time-line is a neat idea, but it takes up fully a third of the page, I think its value is a bit superfluous.
What is it about rock music? - classical, jazz, folk etc., - all attract scholarly, weighty, inclusive reference works that put fact and information first, yet books on rock are often lacking in depth; this isn't a bad book - it`s quite a valiant attempt to provide an interesting reference work - but it just seemed a little disappointing, something less than it promises. None of the bands I currently listen to are in this, and several of my personal heroes are missing.
This is quite an impressive block of paper to have on your bookshelf, but - for the first time in any review I`ve ever written - It`d suggest you try and look through this volume before you buy it; it may delight you, but there's every possibility it will not.
For me there are some glaring omissions from this book and some curious inclusions. My wife is furious that the Osmond Brothers (Pre Donny) aren't included and immediately relegated the book to the 'Not even worth mentioning, if I ignore it it's never been written' twilight world where she won't talk about it at all to anyone, ever, and I've been sent to the doghouse for a week for ordering it. Apart from that one, the are a number of really glaring/curious omissions: Rush, Colosseum, and Camel to name three off the top of my head, and when did the 'Beach Boys' warrant a description of 'rock band'? And yes, I know they're in the R & R Hall of Fame, and I'm not saying that they didn't have an enormous influence on music, but R & R HOF, really!
One for the coffee table, in my case when my wife's out.
A big, solid book detailing 250 of the world's greatest rock acts - a definition which is bound to be open to argument as there are some surprising ommisions and additions - with hundreds of evocative photographs, and "infographics" - timelines showing which band members were playing on which albums at what period. There are facts and figures, snippets of trivia and a performer directory at the back.
I enjoyed lots of the book from a nostalgia viewpoint - as many of the photos look incredibly dated now - but anyone who is interested in rock music would find something to grab their attention. A great gift for rock fans too, it's ideal to have all that musical history inside one volume.
It could just be me, but some of the print is very tiny.
To be honest I did feel a little foolish for not realising that those bands would come under the banner of rock. I had thought that they were 'alternative'.
This book lists the various line ups and the period of popularity (most before I was born - woo hoo I feel young!). It's laid out like my favourite reference books (DK) so it's an easy read and a great coffee table book (If my tiny flat allowed me to have a coffee table that is...)
All in all a recommended purchase
I can't help feeling more effort was put into the layout than the fact checking, sadly. Even so, theres plenty to enjoy here and to be fair, the few blips I came across have been repeated elsewhere too!
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