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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1136 pages
  • Publisher: Fireside; Revised edition (November 9, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684810441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684810447
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,335,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Contributing editor Jon Pareles notes in the preface that rock is about tension "between formula and innovation...between independence and the chance to reach the mass public." This work, while definitive, leans toward formula and mass appeal, taking few chances. Ultimately, it is a reference work on rock'n'roll, not of rock'n'roll. That being said, it's hard to argue with 2200 meticulously researched entries describing rock figures from the famous to the all but forgotten. A typical entry for a band gives the year and date the group formed, the members and their birth dates and places, their instruments, and a discography followed by an essay. The essays range from 100 words (Mungo Jerry) to four-plus pages (Elvis) and deal noncritically with the artists' work, history, and influence. The discographies are often incomplete, which the editors chalk up to the overlaps created by compilation and greatest-hits albums. There are also essays that attempt to define genres (rap, industrial, techno, etc.), which unfortunately give scant detail and fail to distinguish between those artists who have entries in the book and those who do not. Also, there are no bibliographies for either the genre or artist essays. Despite these flaws, however, if you are looking for a basic reference on rock'n'roll, this is the one to buy. Recommended for all libraries.
Adam Mazmanian, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Publisher

The New Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of
Rock & Roll
[ Completely Revised and Updated ]

With more than 500 new entries and extensive revisions of the previous 1,300, this authoritative volume is the definitive sourcebook on the world's music makers--from the one-hit wonders to the megastars. Selected by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as its official source of information, The New Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll -- like the first edition, which was published in 1983 -- tops the charts with its full coverage of every aspect of the rock scene. It's all here -- from the tremendous impact of Madonna, MTV, rap, and alternative rock to complete profiles of the Grateful Dead, the Rolling Stones, Lou Reed, and hundreds of other musicians, both famous and infamous.

The New Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll includes all the facts, phenomena, and flukes, including:
Gold and platinum record awards
Grammy awards in rock and related fields, including country, rap, blues, and jazz One-hit wonders -- performers whose moments in the spotlight were as brief as they were dazzling
The best videos ever produced
Producers, disc jockeys, and others who have directly influenced the music
Definitions of musical terms from a cappella and doo-wop to heavy metal and industrial, from house music to New Age
Hundreds ofhistoric photographs Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Accompanying the biographical and discographical information on the more than 1,800 artists included in this edition are essays that reveal the performers' musical influences, first breaks, and critical and commercial hits and misses, as well as evaluations of their place in rock history. Meticulously researched and concisely written with insight and flair, this is the best book on rock roll available today.

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Customer Reviews

I would give it a zero if I could.
It does say Rock n Roll but clearly has country acts, a few metal bands, and alot of bands who shouldnt even be in the book.
A. Pierre
This is a book that belongs on every music lover's book shelf.
David E. Levine

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Gianmarco Manzione on July 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
There are two reasons why I had to get this book. Firstly, my 1995 copy crumbled into an oblivion of dry glue, a spine torn in half and a cover too flabby to endure. I did turn to the book often for information, but from the looks of it, you'd think I shot it out of a canon once a week as well. The book is just as cheaply constructed as other reviewers contend, while the Q Rock Stars Encyclopedia is much friendlier to the reader both aesthetically and physically. Secondly, Rolling Stone's web site used to contain all the information found in this book. Recently, though, the disappointing decision was made to scrap those lengthier and more informative biographies for the infuriatingly cursory headnotes they recently replaced them with.
Some of the omissions noted by other reviewers here are remarkable not necessarily because of the bands omitted, but because of the "artists" Rolling Stone replaced them with. I mean, come on, the guys in Great White aren't exactly pioneers, and why anyone thinks the exclusion of Wierd Al Yankovic is at all noteworthy mystifies me. But to leave them out for Britney Spears? Ricky Martin? What a blow! Couldn't we just scrap Milli Vanilli, for the love of God? It isn't as though Tiffany, who is included in this book, will be remembered any more than Britney 30 years from now; nonetheless I don't consider either pop star worthy of inclusion at the expense of decently talented blues bands such as Great White who at least know what a "chord" is. The real crime with regard to the debate over who's in and who's out is the exclusion of various Native American songwriters such as Jim Boyd or Bill Miller. The former in particular continues to make unbelievable folk rock (some of which was featured on the "Smoke Signals" Soundtrack).
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By E. Davis on October 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
Why include a nothing group like the Classics IV and not include the group they imitated who had more hits (the Hilltoppers)? Why exclude one-hit wonders, but include Bobby "Boris" Pickett (Monster Mash)? Why include Sam Phillips, but exclude Leonard Chess who may be even more important? How can they include the Flamingoes, the Penguins, the Moonglows and leave out the Harptones? And two of the worst ommissions: the Duprees and the Skyliners! Amazing!
I don't like the fact that they included Phil Spector as a performer and then wrote a lengthy article about him as a producer. If his reason for being in the book is that he sang with the Teddy Bears (another one-hit wonder), then he shouldn't be in for that. If he is in because he was a seminal producer, then Lou Adler and John Hammond should be in. How can you leave out Alan Freed and Murray the K? What happened to Lieber & Stoller? Eddie Holland?
Of course, there are wonderful articles that are gems such as the one on the Airplane, Mamas & Papas and others. There is a wealth of information that one would be hard pressed to find elsewhere, but the inconsistencies are astonishing. The real problem lies, I think, in that this should be a larger book, or a CD-ROM. Further, the discography listings that precede each article should have the correct number of stars assigned. Obviously, this may not be possible (or even desirable)for every album, but this information already exists in the RS database. A couple of more editions and they may just get it right.
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50 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Ham On Wry on September 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
I won't be as kind as some of the other reviewers who were disappointed in this edition. It's a load of crap! Back in the 80's it was the only thing going, but each successive edition has gotten less and less helpful, until it's finally degenerated to a great big commercial for What's Playing On The Radio. Hey, if I needed to know what was playing on the radio, I'd turn on the radio!

I just saved you thirty bucks. You can thank me later.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lovblad on October 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is clearly not the success they would like it to be. it is very incomplete and patchy. Some artists are covered too succintly and some should not be included in a rock encyclopedia. If you need one reference work, this is clearly not it. This is probably due to the direction that RS magazine has taken over the last decade or so. While it was indispensable reading it has become hopeless and out of touch. I really used to read it but the quality of the writing has gone down the drain and this is reflected here. It is surprising since the early editions of their album guide were quite fantastic.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By James N Simpson on May 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a huge book with lots of bands and solo artists inside but many are not here. Where is Weird Al Yankovic, Ben Folds and others? This book does have some basic information on the bands contained such as when and where they formed, were signed etc, but nothing you probably don't know if you're already a fan. It is also missing albums such as for example Bon Jovi's One Wild Night Live album. This book is good maybe for school assignments if you are researching bands that you have no knowledge of but this book's competitors have much better information. There's also no index or contents page which makes finding who you're after take a bit longer. The paper the pages are written on is also fairly cheap ... feeling yellow looking white paper. If you want a book on this sort of thing try Q Rock Stars Encyclopedia and others. They're much better.
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