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The Rough Guide Rock: The Definitive Guide to More than 1200 Artists and Bands (3rd Edition: Expanded and Completely Revised) Paperback – November 20, 2003
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In my early days of reading it, I felt that it did not possess the ability to justify its choices as well as Rolling Stone's guides did (though I now know I was fitting my own experiences to criticism too much) but quite quickly I found that I could learn a good deal about bands who were largely unknown to writers in Rolling Stone and even Q (which I first read in 1997). As a result, I began to take far more interest in "The Rough Guide", and over time I can say there is quite a bit to recommend it. Most especially is the amount of detail given to the critically-neglected genres of progressive rock and heavy metal, which fans of those genres will most definitely welcome and which should prove very valuable to those curious. I can in fact say this even with the omission of Slayer, one of the most important heavy metal groups, because the information on such bands as Pantera and Van der Graaf Generator is refreshing for fans or non-fans. Even for better-known bands like Genesis there is information that those without expertise on rock history are not likely to know.Read more ›
Indispensable for any serious rock music fan's library.
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The author's disdain for progressive rock negates the book's credibility as a resource for all music fans. One star.Published on December 27, 2001 by Detlef Gruber
I don't know enough about the other bands presented to adequately judge the accuracy of the entire book, but if the entry on U2 is any indication, this book is entirely... Read morePublished on May 31, 2001 by Ellen B. Fauver
I love this book and I have spent a great amount of time dipping into it since it arrived in the mail. Read morePublished on May 19, 2001 by Vince Cabrera