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101 Essential Rock Records: The Golden Age of Vinyl from the Beatles to the Sex Pistols

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101 Essential Rock Records is an overview of rock's most seminal albums. This celebration of the vinyl record, by music industry veteran Jeff Gold, features contributions from musicians Devendra Banhart, David Bowie, Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Nels Cline (Wilco), Robyn Hitchcock, Johnny Marr (The Smiths), Graham Nash, and Suzanne Vega. The book shines a light on 101 rock albums, well known and obscure, that changed music forever; from The Beatles 1963 UK debut Please Please Me through the Sex Pistols 1977 classic Never...
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Overview

101 Essential Rock Records is an overview of rock's most seminal albums. This celebration of the vinyl record, by music industry veteran Jeff Gold, features contributions from musicians Devendra Banhart, David Bowie, Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Nels Cline (Wilco), Robyn Hitchcock, Johnny Marr (The Smiths), Graham Nash, and Suzanne Vega. The book shines a light on 101 rock albums, well known and obscure, that changed music forever; from The Beatles 1963 UK debut Please Please Me through the Sex Pistols 1977 classic Never Mind The Bollocks. The focus is on vinyl's "Golden Age"; beginning with the explosion of album sales brought on by Beatlemania, and ending in the late 70's. Alongside the big names—The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac—are lesser-known but highly influential artists including Laura Nyro, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Captain Beefheart and The Stooges. A two-page spread on each album features large images of each record's front and back cover and record label, alongside an essay discussing that album's influence and impact. Each album depicted is the first pressing from the artist's country of origin—akin to a first edition book. These include the first-ever version of the Beatles debut, valued at $5,000, and an alternate issue of Bob Dylan's Freewheelin', worth $10,000.
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Before the advent of the Internet, Gold’s (former executive vice president & general manager, Warner Bros. Records) monumental survey of 101 “essential” LPs would have validated the opinions and tastes of so many classic rock snobs, vinyl fetishists, and musical outliers. It also could have been a treasure map for young cultural explorers. In an era of extensive online music criticism and instantaneous access to information (not to mention the music itself), this collection of casual and mildly charismatic ruminations about essential records feels slight and cursory. As a result, this insider gives readers paltry insight into a bygone era. The selections are made up of the usual suspects of rock hierarchy: Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, etc. Even the lesser-known favorites run the same old gamut: Moby Grape, Love, et al. Granted, reading anecdotes from various rockers from David Bowie to Suzanne Vega is fun, but most of these entries are neither too deep nor invested.

Verdict Essentially, this is a coffee-table book for rock fans young or old; a striking title designed to launch conversations of a specific, pointed variety. It’s cool but not as cool as it would have been 20 years ago.—Rob Morast, Norfolk, VA

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584234883
  • Publisher: Gingko Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/9/2012
  • Pages: 259
  • Sales rank: 294,236
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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