Top positive review
29 January 2014
"A visual history of the world's greatest 250 rock acts" is the book's tag line. Does it achieve this almost impossible (?) claim, well as you'd expect not according to everyone but it's a fine attempt and as a coffee table/toilet break read it's pretty impressive.
It's a massive book (576 pages) and has a very colourful layout but with all these types of books it's the inclusion or exclusion of certain acts that tends to annoy the reader. I don't really see the point of complaining about these 'anomalies' as it's ultimately the opinion of the writer/editor but some of the comments that it includes relatively unknown 'foreign' (whatever that means?) bands seems very blinkered as all of these bands are massive in their own countries (it is a 'world's greatest' after all) and for me it's the inclusion of these bands that makes the book more interesting than it might otherwise have been.
I've never heard of 'los hermanos' (Brazilian), 'heroes del silencio' (Spanish), 'x japan' (Japanese...obviously!!) and many more similar such groups but it's the information on these bands and the possibility that they may be future listening pleasures for me makes the purchase worthwhile.
From a practical point of view some bands have one page and some have a double spread, there are photos of all band members at the top of the page and a colourful graphic at the bottom detailing who played what and when.
It could of course always be more detailed but at what cost both size wise and for the RSP?
I luckily obtained it quite cheaply so for me it was a great purchase, perhaps if i'd paid the full price i may have been less enthusiastic?
Overall i think it achieves what it set out to do and for newcomers to music i think it would be a useful aide and worthy of 5 stars, for veterans maybe only 3 stars, mostly for the 'new' bands. I'd award 3.5 stars if i could or 7 out of 10.