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Pete Frame's Complete Rock Family Trees Paperback – March, 1993


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Pr (March 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711904650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711904651
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.8 x 13.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A must read for any true classic rock fan.
Nicholas R. Bencivenga
A+++ Great bargain for a fairly hard to find book.
John A. Lee
You can spend hours pouring over this book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By TLeo@aol.com on September 21, 1998
Format: Paperback
An exhaustive look at the twists and turns of band members in some of the most important (and some of the most marginal) bands in rock history, thus providing the history of the genre through its participants -- which makes you think how chancy the whole enterprise has been. (If so-and-so hadn't bumped into so-and-so . . .) Frame obviously has a love for his subject and a love for detail, as indicated in the meticulous charts, with very small type (or draghtsman's handwriting, actually) abounding. If there's a problem with the book, it's that it effectively ends in 1980. I'm sure Frame is working on more, if he's still out there. Whattya say, Pete? More!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark Williamson on September 6, 1998
Format: Paperback
If you are a little (or a lot) compulsive about rock music, especially English rock of the sixties and seventies, this book will appeal to you. It explores, via graphic and textual connections, the geneaolgy and development of thousands of bands, from the Yardbirds to the Ramones, from their garage days to fame and fortune. Lovingly and lavishly researched, written and drawn, this tome contains interviews and facts that only Mr. Frame could have produced. A labor of love, and essential for any scholar of rock history, and a thumping good read, too. Hours of fascinating enjoyment.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Daniel L. Soper on February 17, 1999
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This is the most frequently referred-to book I own. Its wealth of detail can keep you entertained - and informed - for many hours. While it is rather dated, most pages being drawn in 1978 and 1982, it still provides a phenomenal amount of information on the bands of the time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THX1138 on July 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
Hi, I`ve been listening to Music for a long time now and went through a lot of different styles and moods.

Two months ago my girlfriend bought me this book and I am most pleased to research again and again through all the small and big events that marked the best era of Rockmusic.

Through Pete I`ve learned that the picture on the front cover of Airplanes Surrealistic Pillow was taken at the Matrix. Way to go!!

I just don`t know if, by mentioning that Zeppelin never released a single, Pete was refering only to the UK ..? Because in the States the monsterpiece Whole Lotta Love came out as a single in Nov. 69. But I`m just a reader!

Thank you Pete!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 2001
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And I thought I knew everything about the Stones: who was in the original band and what happened to them, where Mick Taylor went A.S. (after Stones). But I didn't. And the Stones have one of the shortest entries in this book - relatively speaking, there haven't been that many changes in the Stones. Now look at the permutations Fleetwood Mac or Fairport Convention went through over the years!
Great book for rock trivia. Who, why, and especially when. Just what any music trivia expert loves. And its great to use in conunction with Napster or Morpheus!!
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Back in the pre-Internet days many of us gleaned info from record albums, and searched out new music by musicians and producers on liner notes because we had little else to guide us.

In the early 80's Pete Frame was a beacon of light, fleshing out band histories, changes and spinoffs and adding context to the evolution of many great music scenes. At that time few decent books covered anything but specific band histories, and Frame's rtees made for hours of fun reading and paths to explore to expand musical boundaries. His work is as relevant and vital now as it ever was

The only thing that came close to being as valuable a resource was Terry Hounsome's Rock Record which indexed bands and musicians but offered little more that than and basic discography info.

Pete Frame invented a new art form and it shows when you look at how many others copy his style on the web today or just outright steal his work for band reference web sites. It's a shame his various books have been hard to find over the years and that there hasn't a fully comprehensive collection of Frame's work. This suggests it is but I think still misses some stuff that can be complemented by other books - and as far as I know Frame is still churning out new ones, though probably at a much slower pace. So this is as good as it gets as far as an overview of Frame's work, and it's very good.

This book is well worth the price and will offer hours of info and and fun trivia to any music fan interested in just about any realm of rock music in the last few decades.
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Pete Frame's obsessive large-format (they HAVE to be or you'd go blind reading them) rock family trees are a feast of rock minutia and an elegant formal statement. If you're of a certain age (harrumph), and remember pouring through the record bins in the 60s and 70s, you'll know lots of these names and albums, and your elderly brain will bask for awhile in the nostalgic glow of... rock and roll reminiscence.

As a reference work, as an aesthetic achievement, as a hell of a good way to waste some time, this can't be beat.
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Not only do you get insights and tidbits that you never could have imagined, but they also get linked together in an informative and fun way. Pete Frame does an excellent job of giving informative and anecdotal stories in a graphical manner that makes understanding the era of music much easier. A must read for any true classic rock fan. A personal favorite.
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