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Fascinating, but let down by details.
on 24 September 2014
There's a huge amount of solid information here, and it's a terrible temptation to simply spend hours browsing, hopping from topic to topic - and it is much more civilised than the Internet. BUT it is patchy - very poor on jazz, folk music, and pop, for example. If you are going to cover topics, do them thoroughly. Deliberately leaving them out would be fine if the editors had announced specifically that these subjects would be excluded.
The production, too, gave me some concerns. I noticed a number of printing mistakes (sorry, can't be specific) that simply would not have slipped-through the OUP's copy editors in the past, and the paper is not very pleasant to feel. These things matter, Oxford, if one is buying a physical book rather than images on a screen.