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All Music Guide to Electronica: The Definitive Guide to Electronic Music (All Music Guides) Paperback – May 18, 2001


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Product Details

  • Series: All Music Guides
  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books; 4th edition (May 18, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879306289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879306281
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,105,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

Not that the book is all bad.
James M. Bailey
Yet, they gave "The Prodigy" just over 1 page, yes the most famous Techno act of all time got one page, and Amon Duul got 2 1/2.
Shotptrdj
Not to mention that most of the bands/artists discography is incomplete.
"thegrey1947"

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By James M. Bailey on August 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
Actually, 1.5 stars: this has to be, without doubt, the most unfocused and incomplete AMG ever produced. I agree with the reviewer who asserted that AMG simply cut and pasted content off their web site and quickly threw together this diffuse hodge-podge of questionable and incomplete listings. Caveat Emptor: this book is not the 2nd edition like Amazon lists it as. 2nd editions generally take what was wrong with firsts, correct, and expand. This is what the AMG brain-trust needs to do with this book: the foundation is there, just seriously review content, edit out what isn't true electronica (by their admitted definitions), and expand to include other artists, including the complete discography (you don't have to review each album, just list) of established artists and the genre's prolific indies like Thumbtack Smoothie and Voice of Eye. So what if it approaches 1,200 pages? Same with Pop: unless they're cutting-edge contributers like Blancmange or Gary Numan, leave all the 80's synth-pop and hair-band fluff out; C'mon AMG,Flock of Seagulls and Talk Talk? Plus, devoting nearly three pages to verbose, hyper-detailed reviews of every Prince album, yet hardly any attention to the shifting careers and prolific output of ground-breakers like Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze? Some listings are just plain insulting: the superficial Sun Ra discography is a huge disservice; although Sun Ra did introduce electronics into the jazz idiom, the music was still jazz--artists like this should be given full attention in the AMG Jazz Guide. Likewise, rock-oriented artists should remain in the AMG Rock Guide; I like Radiohead and Pink Floyd, but they seem woefully out of place here (in the case of PF, they stop the discography listings at "The Wall." Who was in charge of this project?Read more ›
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
Just a reply to Matthew here in terms of the prolificness of Amon Duul compared to the Prodigy. Theres absolutely nothing prolific about the Prodigy, not compared to the real innovators from Amon Duul to Kraftwerk to Aphex Twin ( who is the king of all electronic music the last decade). Amon Duul is extremely important in a lot of the electronic music groundwork, so thats why there are 2 and a half pages compared to the Prodigy , who are just a pop/dance band and merely entertaining to watch.
It's not about who ones likes , its about who truly is and was important in electronic music. It's good to be diverse in liking different styles and all that, even though I dont understand liking a true innovator such as an Aphex Twin in the same vein as Armin van Buuren, DJ Tiesto, Ferry Corsten or Anti-loop who are the most one dimensional, generic/teeny bopper-techno acts/Dj's around.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "thegrey1947" on October 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
I picked up that book a while ago, thinking I had found some sort of Holy Grail. Reality check! This so-called definitive guide is so full of errors, omissions and such that even the most braindead raver could have made a better job! Not to mention that most of the bands/artists discography is incomplete.
Being a life-long fan of electronic music (especially of Industrial & EBM) I couldn't help but noticed some insanities. Here a few.
1) Straight in the beginning of the book ("Brief Style Description" > Industrial Dance"). The authors are mentioning Front 242 (cool!)... but guess what? There is no entry for Front 242 in the "Definitive Guide"!!! Yeah, who cares about those belgians innovators who coined the style known as EBM (Electronic Body Music)? Laughable.
2) Now go to the Skinny Puppy entry. What's wrong with it? Read the first paragraph carefully. cEvin Key is listed as "the former singer of Images In Vogue". What??? That's new to me... I thought I heard Mr. Crompton himself said he only been the drummer (to pay the rent). Thanks guys to enlighten me. cEvin, you lied to us all Puppy fans!
3) Anyone remember the late Frank Tovey? You know, that guy from UK who made quite a sensation in the 80s on the electro scene? No? Fad Gadget was the name of his band... on Mute Records. Yep, sharing the slot with Depeche Mode... Remember now? Ok, another hint, his live performances were totally wild and his music minimalist? Well... don't worry if you don't remember, the authors didn't do any good either.
4) A tricky one now. Who inspired Wumpscut, Allied Vision, Leather Strip, Hocico and another handful of dark electro-industrial bands? They were german. No, not Kraftwerk. Another try? yelworC!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert S Michaels on February 22, 2002
Format: Paperback
But that, of course, isn't really this particular book's fault, but rather the reality for any printed survey of a topic that's constantly evolving. Like previous reviewers have said, you might want to just checkout the allmusic web site, unless you're a freakishly obsessed collector or are using a gift certificate and feeling a little more free than usual with what you buy (like me).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By graysonG on April 5, 2013
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Perused this volume years ago at a library and searched the internet to find a copy for myself. Very pleased.
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