The Encyclopedia of Popular Music

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music

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First published in 1990, the critically acclaimed Encyclopedia of Popular Music is the largest project ever undertaken on 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. Entries cover popular music genres, trends, styles, record labels, venues, and music 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 Whitesnake to White Stripes, R.E.M. to Blink-182, and from The Jazz Singer to Jerry Springer - The Opera, Now in its fourth edition, The Encyclopedia of Popular Music has something informative and clever to say about everyones favourite group or more

Product details

  • Multiple copy pack | 8904 pages
  • 308 x 390 x 270mm | 16,842.08g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 4th Revised edition
  • 0195313739
  • 9780195313734
  • 2,003,934

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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 * 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 * [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) * Above criticism the meticulous accuracy is infuriating * The Guardian (of the previous edition) * Very possibly the best rock reference book ever * Q Magazine (of the previous edition) * A work of almost frightening completeness * The Times of the previous edition) * The Longest love letter to music- * Tony Parsons Daily Telegraph (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) * 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) * The ultimate pantheon of pop. * Record Collector * 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 * Without question the most useful reference work on popular music * Jools Holland of the previous edition) * Larkin works virtually single-handed, and is to be congratulated on his achievement. * Liz Thomson, The Independent *show more

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