101 Albums that Changed Popular Music: A Reference Guide

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Chris Smith's 101 Albums That Changed Popular Music tells the fascinating stories behind the most groundbreaking, influential, and often controversial albums ever recorded, ranging from The Anthology of American Folk Music (1952) to Elephant (2003) by The White Stripes.
Organized chronologically to capture the flow of culture from one album to the next, this volume illuminates how these classic recordings reflected—and sometimes changed—the political, social, and economic ...

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Overview

Chris Smith's 101 Albums That Changed Popular Music tells the fascinating stories behind the most groundbreaking, influential, and often controversial albums ever recorded, ranging from The Anthology of American Folk Music (1952) to Elephant (2003) by The White Stripes.
Organized chronologically to capture the flow of culture from one album to the next, this volume illuminates how these classic recordings reflected—and sometimes changed—the political, social, and economic culture of their eras. Among the featured albums are releases from the hard-blues explosion of the '60s, including Robert Johnson's King of the Delta Blues Singers, a landmark collection whose songs were later covered by the likes of Cream, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones. Punk made its mark in the '70s with Patti Smith's Horses and the Clash's London Calling. In the '80s Michael Jackson's blockbuster LP, Thriller, not only topped the charts, it became the best-selling record of all time. Diversity defined the '90s, with the most influential albums ranging from Garth Brooks' No Fences, which made country one of the hottest musical genres of the decade, to Dr. Dre's debut, The Chronic, a multi-platinum smash hit that brought West Coast hip hop into the mainstream. For each album, the book lists the basic publication information, including release date, label, and producer. More important, Chris Smith sheds light on the history of these albums, revealing the inspiration behind their creation, and why they continue to stand the test of time. Selected on the basis of their popular appeal and influence on later genres, the albums included represent a wide variety of genres, such as blues, jazz, rock, reggae, rockabilly, folk, soul, hip-hop, and country.
A timeline of important events, a selected bibliography for further reading, and an appendix of albums that almost made the cut round out this volume, making it a gold mine of information for everyone who loves popular music.

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"Well argued, Smith compiles a history of rock that is generally correct and identifies such important trends as the fertile interplay between the Beatles and Dylan, the transmogrification of communal '60s folk-rock into me-only '70s signer-songwriter and the punk's reaction against hippy hypocrisy and pompous arena rock."—Express Milwaukee

"Smith's diverting book is an upmarket version of the best-of lists that rock fans love to argue over."—Financial Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195373714
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/14/2009
  • Series: Reference Ser.
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,423,363
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Smith is a music journalist and professor of cultural critcism, U. British Columbia. His books include Inside New York, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Rock History: The Rise of Album Rock, an The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Rock History: From Arenas to the Underground.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction xiii

A Timeline of Recorded Sound xvii

1 The Birth of the Long Player, 1952-1962 1

2 Stop, Hey, What's That Sound? 1963-1967 23

3 A Bridge Over Troubled Water, 1968-1971 55

4 Take It to the Limit, 1972-1976 95

5 The Modern Dance, 1977-1985 135

6 Welcome to the Jungle, 1986-1990 183

7 Smells Like Teen Spirit, 1991-2008 211

Appendix 1 Ten Albums That Almost Made It 243

Appendix 2 Ten Important Producers 247

Appendix 3 Albums Listed Chronologically 251

Appendix 4 Albums Listed Alphabetically 257

Bibliography 263

Index 267

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