All Music Guide to Rock: The Definitive Guide to Rock, Pop, and Soul / Edition 3

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(Book). Easy to use and fun to explore, this 1,400-page tome is the most complete guide ever published on the artists and recordings that really rock. Compiled by dozens of music critics, it reviews and rates more than 14,000 great albums by over 2,200 artists and groups in more than 400 styles both mainstream and alternative including bootlegs, import-only releases, important out-of-print recordings, and lesser-known cult artists. A brief profile details each performer's career, while insightful reviews of top recordings help define the musician's artistic development and impact on rock. Expanded biographies spotlight major figures, along with complete album discographies. Also features educational essays and "music maps" that chart the evolution of rock's diverse subgenres at a glance.
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As accurate and obsessively detailed as www.allmusic.com is, its print cousins can seem somewhat redundant. This well-established entry, now in its third edition, offers biographical and listener's advisory information on artists and recordings that All Music Guide (AMG) editors Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, and Stephen Thomas Erlewine have deemed rock an all-encompassing term that includes pop, soul, R&B, rap, and easy listening. Since the last edition (1997), about 3000 album reviews and 400 artist profiles have been added. That makes for a total of 2200 alphabetically arranged artist entries and 14,000 reviews (rated on a scale of one to five stars), most of which are signed. While the contributors cover a remarkable range of new artists from Aaliyah to Weezer, they often give short shrift to those who recorded prior to the 1980s; sometimes, whole bodies of work are ignored in favor of "best of" compilations. Refreshingly, most reviews are free of rock elitism, so useful guidance is given for styles often reviled by critics (e.g., heavy metal). The closing section offers a series of introductory essays on various rock styles, some obvious ("British Invasion") and others obscure ("Jangle Pop"). Also included are dozens of "music maps," flow charts that illustrate the development of each style. The AMG provides more detail and analysis of an artist's career than the MusicHound, Rough Guide, and Rolling Stone books, so having circulating copies on hand may be most appropriate. Recommended, but keep the web site bookmarked. Lloyd Jansen, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879306533
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/11/2002
  • Series: Amg All Media Guide Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1400
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 2.13 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2006

    Just What You Need

    I love this book! I've read about new (to me) stuff and bought it! On a trip from UK it suggested to me good titles to look for. My only comment would be how about a Decades based version - I collect mainly from the 1960s but Hey it's interesting to browse the other decades as well

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2003

    A good book but.........

    I just have bought this third edition of this good guide, there are plenty of explanations about musicians and their records, but sometimes is not clear where to find the artist, sometimes is in alphabetical order, and in other times one has to look for the first name, or for an article before the main name (the, a, etc.). I have been checking the book and I have found that some important groups are not present, for example Porcupine Tree, Spock's Beard, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Hocus Pocus, etc., and in other cases we find for example that Hall & Oates appears as a group and Daryl Hall appears alone, that's good, but in other case King Crimson appears but if look for Robert Fripp, you don't find nothing at all, and like these there are much more examples. I bought this book thinking about the allmusic website, I thought that the book was going to be as good , as excellent as the website, but that's not true. In the website I find much more information as in the book, more about biographies, discography, etc.. The book is good but the order is not so good. This book we can use it as a first reference, but as I said before there are many artists in this style that don't appear. It would have been good too if you had included some photographs, I would preferred buy this book as two volumes with photographs as just one without them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2003

    If they ever made a record, they're here

    This is the most complete history of rock I've ever seen--and I saw quite a few when I was researching for my book "Forever Retro Blues." This book has become indespensible as a tool for promoting my book also. I can get a call to be a guest on radio as few as three hours before. It's great to be able to look up an artist or record that a host mentions before or during commercial breaks. This book is organized in a way that allows me to do that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2002

    The Best Of Ritchie Valens

    HELLO, I RECENTLY SEEN THE MOVIE LA BAMBA THE STORY OF YOUNG BOY FROM THE SAN FENANDO VALLY. THE STORY OF RITCHIE RELLY TOUCH ME IN SO MANY DIFFERENT WAY. AT TIMES I CATCH MY SELF THINKING HOW YOUNG HE WAS HOW GREAT HIS MUSIC IS. I JUST WISH I LIVED IN THAT ERA JUST TO SEE HIM IN CONCERT. RITCHIE VALENS WILL ALWAYS BE "THE KING OF ROCK-N-ROLL"!!.

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