Compact discs make great gifts--they're easy to wrap, they won't break the bank (depending on how many you buy), and everyone loves music. Rough Guide
's rock encyclopedia contains a thousand plus entries covering every phase of rock, from R&B through punk and soul to hip-hop. It's also great to browse, with more interesting details about Little Richard and the Everly Brothers than you ever would have thought to ask. Included are career biographies of more than 1,000 bands and artists, with more than 5,000 CD recommendations.
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