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.