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Posted May 3, 2000
Having listened to rock music for 40 years, but confused about the '90's and the proliferation of rock styles, I found this book to be a godsend. The reviews are intelligent, the album ratings are very reliable, and the section of the book explaining rock styles is truly helpful. The All Music Guide to Rock contains an alphabetical listing of artists followed by a section of essays. Special ratings are given to albums that a first-time buyer of the artist's albums should consider, and the very best albums by the artist are distinctly marked. Histories of performers vary from a paragraph to lengthy developmental accounts. I find the album reviews to be quite good at focusing objectively on the quality of the album within the context of the artist's career. Some other works I have read, in contrast, have tended toward opinionated diatribe. If you want to find interesting new music, but have no clear understanding how to do so, this book is for you. It is true that you will not find every band listed, and the book is slightly dated. However, these are minor quibbles for me. I have purchased numerous albums now based upon the All Music Guide and have been quite pleased.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.