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All Music Guide: The Definitive Guide To Popular Music, 4th Edition Paperback – November 1, 2001
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Given the comprehensiveness, popularity, and timeliness of the free All Music Guide web site (www.allmusic.com), one wonders whether an abridged print version is needed. Still, it's hard to ignore the pleasures of browsing this highly entertaining tome, now in its fourth edition, which provides guidance on the best music from virtually all popular (i.e., nonclassical) genres. Over 20,000 albums and 4000 artists are represented from the worlds of rock, blues, country, jazz, rap, folk, gospel, reggae, avant-garde, and more. The book is arranged into 16 genre chapters, each beginning with an overview of the genre and its various subgenres or "styles." (Tabs on the page edges would have facilitated thumbing to a particular genre.) Artists are listed alphabetically within each chapter, making the comprehensive index crucial for determining the genre under which an artist is listed. Unfortunately, the index is off by a few pages for artists in the fourth chapter (Gospel) through the end. Each artist entry includes vital statistics, styles played, a biographical sketch, and a selective list of albums. All albums are rated from one to five stars, with additional symbols denoting recommended first purchases and albums that are essential representations of a genre. Signed reviews from scores of contributors accompany the most significant titles. (Beware: an album's rating and review do not always jibe. Also, ratings and reviews in the book may differ from those found on the web site for the same album.) Other features include music maps (a sort of family tree outlining the history and key artists of a genre or style) and sidebar articles on topics such as Caribbean music styles and English and Celtic folk instruments. While still selective, the All Music guides (there are also separate volumes on rock, jazz, blues, country, and electronica) tend to provide more detail and analysis of an artist's oeuvre than the MusicHound, Rough Guide, and Rolling Stone tomes. All in all, patrons are better off using the truly comprehensive web site, but this is the best of the print sources. Recommended. Lloyd Jansen, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., CA
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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Founded in 1947, Hal Leonard Corporation has become the worlds largest print music publisher, representing some of the greatest songwriters and artists of all time. We are proud to publish titles of interest to all musicians as well as music lovers, from songbooks and instructional titles to artist biographies and instrument price guides to books about the music industry and all the performing arts.
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Opinions about this book will vary greatly, depending upon expectations and personal preferences; HOWEVER, do not buy it without having reviewed its Table of Contents. It may show what you expected to find, but it also may surprise you. That, I think, is the most important thing that can be said about this book. Hopefully, you will heed this warning, but for those who can't be bothered, here are the sections and the pages in each section: Rock-466, Rap-33, Blues-88, Gospel-38, Country-100, Bluegrass-25, Folk Music-73, Celtic and British Isles-31, Cajun-18, World Music-78, Reggae-44, Soundtracks-10, Vocal Music-53, Easy Listening-14, Avant Garde-81, Jazz-85. [Note: Small type: about twenty-nine letters per inch]. As for me, I regret spending over $30 for this book and will now be heading to the library to find a book that covers "Popular Music" music as I understand the term. Finally, you might check out the publisher's website ([...]). I haven't thoroughly checked it, but it does give a fair treatment (for a non-specialist) of an artist I am particularly interested in who doesn't even appear in this book. You might also consider buying a used copy for $0.01 plus shipping. I know it sounds like a scam, but I have now bought several books through Amazon for a penny each, and there was absolutely no deception of any kind. How and why they do it, I don't know or understand, but they do. What can you lose?
I had to rewrite my review after rereading the description and the comments. They do make clear that this book is about much more than the types of songs that appeared on "Your Hit Parade" (Radio/TV 1935-1959). Nevertheless, I still think that a perusal of the contents before buying would be in order.
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