The Encyclopedia of Popular Music

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music

by Colin Larkin
     
 

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First published in 1992, The Encyclopedia of Popular Music is the largest project ever undertaken for the subject. This authoritative biographical encyclopedia of rock, pop, and jazz artists covers popular music from 1900 to the present, including folk, blues, world music, rock, heavy metal, techno, reggae, and hip hop. Edited and largely written by Colin Larkin,

Overview

First published in 1992, The Encyclopedia of Popular Music is the largest project ever undertaken for the subject. This authoritative biographical encyclopedia of rock, pop, and jazz artists covers popular music from 1900 to the present, including folk, blues, world music, rock, heavy metal, techno, reggae, and hip hop. Edited and largely written by Colin Larkin, it is exhaustive, meticulous, authoritative - and incredibly fun to read.

Critically lauded in its previous three editions, the Fourth Edition will not disappoint fans seeking authoritative and reliable information about popular music from around the world. Expanded to ten volumes, the new edition contains 6,000 new entries, and extensive revisions and updates throughout, yielding 50% more material than the 1998 Third Edition.

In addition to thousands of biographical entries, this A-Z reference also includes entries covering popular music genres, trends, styles, record lables, venues, and festivals. Key dates, biographies, and further reading are provided for artists covered, along with complete discographies that include record labels, release dates, and a 5-star album rating system. From Grateful Dead to The Killers, from Whitesnake to White Stripes, from R.E.M. to Blink-182, from The Jazz Singer to Jerry Springer - The Opera, and from Bye Bye Birdie to Rent, The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Fourth Edition has something informative and clever to say about everyone's favorite band.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Originally published in 1992 as a modest four-volume set, this remarkable compendium of facts about all manner of popular music and culture, edited and largely written by Larkin (All-Time Top 1000 Albums), has in this fourth edition been fully revised and expanded to a ten-volume set with 6000 new entries. The first eight volumes feature alphabetical entries, the ninth volume presents an exhaustive bibliography and a discography, and the tenth is made up of indexes (by song and album title as well as a general index). There are entries on jazz, country, folk, reggae, rap, rock, film scores, musicals, world music, and other genres. Classical crossover composers, e.g., Leonard Bernstein and Philip Glass, are generously covered. A welcome addition is the inclusion of a five-star album-rating system. Larkin explains this rating system, as well as other editorial decisions, in an informal and witty but persuasive introduction to Volume 1, which also includes an excellent introductory essay. Larkin and his "small band of contributors" are based in the United Kingdom, thus, many of the obscure British pop musicians may be unknown to American readers. But to Larkin's credit, he is remarkably inclusive of little-known pop figures from the United States, Europe, and the rest of the world.
—Larry Lipkis

School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up
The creation of this edition was clearly a monumental task and a labor of love for the editor, whose passion for and knowledge of popular music are first made evident in the introductory material. Within its alphabetical, cross-referenced arrangement, this ambitious work provides over 27,000 entries, including 6,000 that are new to this edition. Every aspect of popular music is covered, from Broadway show tunes and rap to heavy metal and big band, from the 1900s to today. The set provides information on artists and other important figures such as producers and songwriters. Entries encapsulate their subjects well even given length limitations. The six-page entry on the Beatles, for example, is concise yet comprehensive, as is the entry on Bob Dylan, which gives readers a clear sense of the man. Larkin and his contributors provide evaluations, using phrases such as "superbly crafted," to describe an album. The writing is always entertaining even when covering less-exciting career details. Each entry concludes with a comprehensive, rated discography covering all mediums and formats produced by the artist, and some also have further-reading lists. The main entries take up eight of this encyclopedia's volumes. The ninth volume provides a healthy quantity of selected album reviews, again presented alphabetically by artist, along with a bibliography, and the final volume is a set index. This title will be invaluable for research.
—Tim WadhamCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

From the Publisher
"The depth of most of the entries is highly impressive, especially given this project's ambitious scope....Nothing remotely as comprehensive on the topic exists. A most enjoyable read and an essential purchase for all libraries!"—Library Journal (Starred Review)

"The most comprehensive guide to popular music. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries."—Booklist (Starred Review)

"Artists need to be deeply obscure to escape Larkin's attentions."—The Evening Standard, London

"[A] major cultural reference work....Larkin's precise and finely tuned critical apparatus allows him (and us) to form a judgment that transcends the fleeting character of many acts....a critical measure for the future of musical appreciation."—The Evening Standard (London)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846098567
Publisher:
Omnibus Press
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Edition description:
Concise
Pages:
1600
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 10.50(h) x (d)

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