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The Encyclopedia of Popular Music
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The Encyclopedia of Popular Music [Format Kindle]

Colin Larkin

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Revue de presse

Larkin works virtually single-handed, and is to be congratulated on his achievement. (Liz Thomson, The Independent)

Without question the most useful reference work on popular music (Jools Holland of the previous edition))

Besides being a fascinating, arm-stretching achievement, this extraordinary work is testament to editor Colin Larkin's indefatigable belief in the power of music. This is simply a must-have for anyone interested in the broad church of popular music. (Patrick Humphries, Record Collector)

The ultimate pantheon of pop. (Record Collector)

Remarkably up-to-date...this is an acquisition without equal for all academic and public libraries and will easily replace either edition. (Library Journal. Starred Review (of the previous edition))

It is fun and informative, and essential for any library that serves readers interested in popular music. (Choice (of the previous edition))

The Longest love letter to music- (Tony Parsons Daily Telegraph (of the previous edition))

A work of almost frightening completeness (The Times of the previous edition))

Very possibly the best rock reference book ever (Q Magazine (of the previous edition))

Above criticism the meticulous accuracy is infuriating (The Guardian (of the previous edition))

[The Encyclopedia of Popular Music is] the popular music equivalent to the New Grove Dictionary of Music, and as such has no equal in or put of print... (Library Journal (of the previous edition))

Larkin's precise and finely-tuned critical apparatus allows him (and us) to form a judgement that transcends the fleeting character of many acts. (Norman Lebrecht)

Those even remotely interested in any sort of popular music or popular culture in general will find this a treasure trove of information. Nothing remotely as comprehensive on the topic exists. A most enjoyable read and an essential purchase for all libraries. (Library Journal)

Présentation de l'éditeur

The Encyclopedia Of Popular Music is universally recognized as the most comprehensive and authoritative reference work on popular music.

This expanded 5th edition is an essential reference book for anyone who has a query about any aspect of 20th Century popular music, including rock, dance, rap and R&B, as well as blues, soul, country and folk.

This is the most accurate and up-to-date popular music reference available in one volume.
Over 3,000 entries, many of them completely revised, expanded and updated.
Hundreds of new entries, exclusive to this edition
Comprehensive coverage of the most critically significant performers and albums.
Invaluable information on record labels, industry figures and historical aspects of rock and pop.
Fully Indexed

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 9326 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 1600 pages
  • Editeur : Omnibus Press; Édition : 5th Concise Ed (27 mai 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0052Z80QO
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent reference, very reasonable price 24 octobre 2007
Par Arthur Maisel - Publié sur
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This is the best type of reference book: fun to browse in and reliable. (Warning: You'll want to buy a lot of CDs after looking at this book.)

The coverage of this selection from the complete 10-volume set is impeccable; I found very few omissions that I could quibble with. There are some typos and mistakes (how could there not be?), but almost none in the information relevant to the purpose of the book. All of the articles I have read succeed in Larkin's aim of steering a course between an "encyclopediese" recitation of dry facts and the overopinionated critical writing that pop music often suffers from.

The selection does favor English and American artists, but most users of the book will probably not find this a major limitation. The authors are at least aware of this byproduct of U.S. pop cultural hegemony.

The five-star rating system for albums is relatively new and still has some rough edges: when the author of an article doesn't avail him- or herself of it, the result is that all the albums are rated equally. Since the system is most useful in relative terms (Blonde on Blonde versus, say, Nashville Skyline) and unavoidably subjective, it would be better to omit the stars altogether if the author of an article doesn't want to make distinctions. But it's a small point.

It is hard to imagine how this could be better in any substantial way.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Splendid 30 juillet 2008
Par Lovblad - Publié sur
While of course not as exhaustive as the Encyclopedia of Modern Music from which it comes (but who can afford that?) this is one of the best books of its kind around. For those who knows the writing in Colin Larkin;s books they will know that it belongs to the trusty excellence of British rock-writing. It is extensively annotated and now even provides with stars rating the records (however this may be a mistake since there are other guides that have done a better job in that). This book is splendid and affordable and much preferable to the Rolling Stone encyclopedia for instance which is shockingly incomplete and not as well written. A must for any serious music fan...who might want to consider forking out the 1000 plus dollars for the encyclopedia....I am saving up for one.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Utterly Amazing and, Unfortunately, Utterly Out of Reach 8 février 1999
Par lbangs - Publié sur
My local library has a copy of this, and if you're lucky, your library does as well. If not, you are missing out, assuming you don't have the 700-plus bucks to slap down for this baby. The editors thoroughly trace the careers of most of the artists you could probably name off the top off your head and rates them from one to five stars. The star ratings in particular are much improved over the previous releases that included the ratings. Fairly comprehensive; I'll only complain that he includes several cheesy Christian heavy metal groups of the eighties and fails to mention any vital Christian artists who actually made great music (There actually are some, like Adam Again, Daniel Amos, or Mark Heard). A special delight is the excellent balance between British and American tastes, not leaning one way more than the other between the (at times) very different critical camps on either side of the Atlantic. Check out your public library for this one, and bring plenty of change to make copies of your favorite entries. Colin would probably kill you, but I won't tell...
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 No table of contents and no index. 17 décembre 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
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The bands mentioned are presented in alphabetical order with no index or TOC. It might be okay to read but, since they are not even presented in order of the era they were known for I find it of little use. You might as well just use wikipedia.

This could have been a valuable resource for me but since it is not presented logically I find it useless. Despite the fact that they said it is fully indexed, it isn't. Or, at least my digital copy isn't.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very good reference book. 20 décembre 2013
Par joe walsh - Publié sur
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Like: well written, both style and content; very detailed. Dislike: disagree with some ratings (minor); layout too cluttered (may just be electronic format). Not quite up there with the Rolling Stone Album Guide and the Rough Guide to Rock, but close.
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