All Music Guide: The Definitive Guide to Popular Music

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Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Hal Leonard Corporation, 2001 - Music - 1491 pages
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(Book). From folk to avant-garde to world music, this fun-to-browse book easily guides readers to more than 20,000 great recordings by over 4,000 artists through thorough reviews and ratings. Arranged by genre (the book covers 16 styles in all), each section provides informed essays on how the music evolved and its various styles, intriguing artist biographies, and insightful reviews and ratings of the top recordings. The lives and work of major artists are described in depth. Easy-to-read "music maps" chart the development of each genre, its key players, and their influences. Now in its fourth edition, this authoritative reference highlights "essential collection" albums as well as "first purchase" recordings to help listeners buy CDs. Nearly 1,500 info-packed pages! "Makes you delirious with knowledge." Entertainment Weekly "The most useful single volume your money can buy." Mojo

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The first and best of these guides. Though the number of albums listed can be annoyingly few for some artists, the reviews tend to be a lot better than in later editions--partially because this was ... Read full review

All music guide: the definitive guide to popular music

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Given the comprehensiveness, popularity, and timeliness of the free All Music Guide web site (, one wonders whether an abridged print version is needed. Still, it's hard to ignore ... Read full review


Blues History
Roots of Gospel
Section Intro
Musical Instruments of England
World Music
Section Intro
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vocal Music


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About the author (2001)

Bogdanov helped design the AMG databases.

Woodstra is staff editor for AMG.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine is an AMG senior editor. They all live in Ann Arbor, MI.

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