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The Encyclopedia of Popular Music par [Larkin, Colin]
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Longueur : 1600 pages Langue : Anglais

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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.
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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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HASH(0x8ba9ce34) étoiles sur 5 Excellent reference, very reasonable price 24 octobre 2007
Par Arthur Maisel - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
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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HASH(0x8ba9d09c) étoiles sur 5 Splendid 30 juillet 2008
Par Lovblad - Publié sur
Format: Relié
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.
HASH(0x8ba9d2dc) étoiles sur 5 Browsing with a good single malt next to you... 16 janvier 2016
Par FastFolkert - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I ordered my copy at Amazon some years ago but still use it every now and then.
Todays up-to-date information on most bands can be found on the internet, but this book (paper) serves a different goal for me.
I use it while relaxing on the couch, some espresso or a single malt Scotch at hand'and good musc on the stero.
And then I radomly browse through this book for an hour or so and in most cases I come across some names of bands that I did not know and want to explore...
HASH(0x8ba9d480) étoiles sur 5 Best Music Guide Ever 14 novembre 2013
Par David Lindsay - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This review refers to The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th Concise Edition). It has over 3000 entries, 1600 pages, and was published in 2007.

This is the best guide to popular music that I have ever owned. Although it claims to cover all forms of popular music including jazz, folk, and latin, it is really a rock and pop guide. Only the most famous jazz artists are included. Most entries tend to find something positive to say about each artist, which is a nice touch since a lot of music criticism tends towards bitchiness. There is biographical information on each of the artists and bands. Their albums are rated with a star system that reflects the editors' view of the place of each album within the artist's body of work. However, 5 star albums are described as magnificent and timeless. The authors claim they belong in every comprehensive record collection. Ignoring compilations: the Beatles have 7 have 5 star albums, Bob Dylan 8, Neil Young 4,and Sting 0.

I seem to share similar tastes to the authors, because I agree with their ratings about 90% of the time. I can't say that about the ratings issued by the All Music Guide. There are inevitably some omissions, but it is impossible to include everybody. The major artists like Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and The Beatles are well represented. A lot of underrated British artists like John Martyn and Michael Chapman are included even though they have never enjoyed much popular success.

It is a well-written tome so it is easy to spend hours just wading through the entries. I would recommend this book to any pop/rock fan.
HASH(0x8ba9d354) étoiles sur 5 Very good reference book. 20 décembre 2013
Par joe walsh - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
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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