All Music Guide to Country: The Definitive Guide to Country

All Music Guide to Country: The Definitive Guide to Country

by Vladimir Bogdanov
     
 

This comprehensive guide is a must-have for fans of the enduringly popular music known as country. Completely updated, the All Music Guide to Country offers entertaining and informative reviews that lead readers to the best recordings by their favorite artists and help them find new music to explore. Informative biographies, essays, and "music maps" trace country's…  See more details below

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This comprehensive guide is a must-have for fans of the enduringly popular music known as country. Completely updated, the All Music Guide to Country offers entertaining and informative reviews that lead readers to the best recordings by their favorite artists and help them find new music to explore. Informative biographies, essays, and "music maps" trace country's growth from its roots in American southern folk music to its many branches today.

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In 1997, Backbeat (then Miller Freeman Books) released the first edition of this sterling reference on country music and its cousins; it boasted more than 5500 album reviews and 1000 artist profiles. This second edition more than doubles the critical content. Weighing in with 10,281 record ratings and 1,219 artist biographies, it is easily the most thorough work of its kind. Under the direction of editors Bogdanov, Chris Woodstraw, and Stephen Thomas Erlewine-the trio who brought readers All Music Guide to Rock and All Music Guide to the Blues, among others-staff reviewers provide thoughtful, well-reasoned, and informed assessments of artists spanning the entire gamut of country music, from alt-country and bluegrass to honky tonk and rockabilly. Accurate and concise, the alphabetical entries run from one paragraph to several pages and include artist name, vital statistics, musical style(s), and capsule reviews of key recordings, rated on a scale of one to five diamonds (stars and circles indicate essential and first-purchase albums, respectively). Following the entries are a section of special essays on such topics as "Alternative Country in the '90s," "Outlaw Country," and "Country Albums by Rock Artists," which provide additional detail and discussion of the stylistic relationships among the various artists. Interspersed throughout are "Music Maps" charting the birth and development of music genres, record labels, and venues. Finally, there's the index, which is thorough, accurate, and easy to use. In short, this outstanding work is essential for both public and academic libraries.-James E. Perone, Mount Union Coll., Alliance, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879307608
Publisher:
Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Series:
All Music Guides
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
964
Product dimensions:
7.38(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.95(d)

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