Rock critic, biographer, and guru Marsh holds court for over 650 pages, pontificating in overwrought prose on the virtues of each single, numbered sequentially from 1 to 1001, he deems worthy of inclusion in the pantheon of rock. The impetus for this self-indulgent work, as explained in the introduction, is to redress historical slights and provide a revisionist approach to Marsh's previous criticism. Almost half the selections come from the Sixties, with a strong emphasis on rock and soul as the creative product of, predominantly, black Americans. This book is pure argument fodder and will precipitate far more knock-down-drag-outs than it will settle (how, for example, can you justify several listings for Donna Summer and yet not include Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers?). Not recommended.-- Barry Miller, Austin P.L., Tex.