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5.0 out of 5 stars And the beat goes on......., 4 April 2013
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This review is from: Rock Chronicles: A Visual History of the World's Greatest 250 Rock Acts (Hardcover)
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ROCK CHRONICLES Ed David Roberts
This is the kind of book that Rock Nerds ( yes I also have been called this) will love to hate - it isn't 100% comprehensive of the bands , not enough details and , if we must limit to 250 bands for want of space ( 576 pages) - they are not the right ( my favourite) bands
OK - so if there isn't the breadth and depth coverage of "The Rough Guide to Rock" ( 1123 pages ,cover up to 2003 , out of print) , the "AMG Guide to Rock 3rd ed , 1400 pages) or various other rock atlas /rock family trees / compendia - either published in print or on the internet what does it offer?
Whatever the "faults" of the selection, this is touted as a selective, visual guide.
You get thumbnail pictures of all (?) sometime members of the band at the top of the page and a general colour coded indication of the type of rock music of the band.( Couldn't find any definitions as to the types however!)
At the bottom of the page there is a coloured band timeline showing who played what and when , the key records , the associated record labels and the odd double page splash of the key band members in action ( in their heyday) .There is a general description of the development of the band. At least it is (nominally) up to date to 2012 so more recent bands (since 2001) have been included, as have key bands from other countries around the world from China to Brazil.
Although popularity and sales have to some extent influenced the choice, seminal (failed but influential) groups do figure. Some influential singers who influenced vocal rock didn't make the cut however.
At the back are some more info nuggets like Album of the year and yearly best rock albums and best rock song.
There is also a reasonable Bibliography (for more extensive / detailed books compendia) and some websites to check out, and some details of the contributors
So, a coffee table book - yes, a reasonable intro to some historical rock bands for the uninitiated - yes: BUT not necessarily for committed nerds looking for encyclopaedic coverage - although I learnt some more about the phenomenon which is Rock music and enjoyed it
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