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Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music: From Rock, Pop, Jazz, Blues, and Hip Hop to Classical, Country, Folk, World, and More
     

Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music: From Rock, Pop, Jazz, Blues, and Hip Hop to Classical, Country, Folk, World, and More

by Paul Du Noyer, B, Keith Briggs, Lloyd Bradley, Julian Beecroft
 
Rock, country, classical, hip hop, folk, world, dance—virtually every combination thereof and every major player therein—will be found within the pages of the most authoritative, informative, and entertaining guide to music ever published.

Genres Covered:

• Rock

• Pop

• Classical

• Jazz

• Blues

• Gospel

Overview

Rock, country, classical, hip hop, folk, world, dance—virtually every combination thereof and every major player therein—will be found within the pages of the most authoritative, informative, and entertaining guide to music ever published.

Genres Covered:

• Rock

• Pop

• Classical

• Jazz

• Blues

• Gospel

• Soul

• R&B

• Reggae

• Hip Hop

• World

• Dance

• Movie Soundtracks

• Musical Theater

• Electronic

• New Age

• Folk

More than 12,000 musicians, performers, composers, and songwriters—along with 800 colorful illustrations of artists, instruments, and album covers—fill the pages of a guide that is without equal in its substance and scope. Organized by genre, The Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music offers concise introductions to each music form, presents a four-bar sample of its style, and provides biographies and discographies of key performers.

This invaluable reference also contains three appendices: an instrument glossary, an extensive bibliography, and a primer on the basics of reading music. No other book on the market covers more genres, includes more artists, and packs more information between its covers. It’s the ultimate guide for every music fan!

• Unparalleled in scope and substance

• Written and edited by a distinguished team of musicologists, musicians, and music aficionados, including Stanley Sadie

• Organized by genre,
with comprehensive appendices and cross-references

• Ultimate music guide for every family

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Edited by du Noyer (We All Shine On), this attractive coffee-table book contains a wealth of information on the popular music genres of the last 100 years, with an emphasis on the late 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. In fact, the text is quite skewed toward recent music. Hip-hop, for example, receives about the same amount of coverage as the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras combined-an approximately 300-year time span. The organization and use of sidebars suggest the influence of web page design, and, indeed, this work is much more visually stimulating and much friendlier to the casual browser than any other encyclopedic work in the music field. The appendixes on musical instruments and how to read musical notation will be helpful to readers who have not had formal musical training, and they are the target audience. Because of balance issues, this is not the ideal standalone encyclopedia of music. Given the emphasis on contemporary pop genres, however, it would make a great companion to large, multivolume sets such as The New Grove Dictionary of Music and to the many worthwhile genre-specific works available on rock, country, jazz, and soul. Academic libraries are not as likely to find this work essential, but it is highly recommended for all public libraries.-James E. Perone, Mount Union Coll., Alliance, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823078691
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
10.60(w) x 11.44(h) x 1.36(d)

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Meet the Author

Paul du Noyer is the founder of Mojo magazine and former editor of Q magazine. He is also the author of numerous books on popular music. He lives in London.

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