The Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music

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Paul Du Noyer
Billboard Books, 2003 - Music - 448 pages
Rock, country, classical, hip hop, folk, world, dance—virtually every combination thereof and every major player therein—will be found within the pages of the most authoritative, informative, and entertaining guide to music ever published.



Genres Covered:




• Rock

• Pop

• Classical

• Jazz

• Blues

• Gospel

• Soul

• R&B

• Reggae

• Hip Hop

• World

• Dance

• Movie Soundtracks

• Musical Theater

• Electronic

• New Age

• Folk



More than 12,000 musicians, performers, composers, and songwriters—along with 800 colorful illustrations of artists, instruments, and album covers—fill the pages of a guide that is without equal in its substance and scope. Organized by genre,The Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Musicoffers concise introductions to each music form, presents a four-bar sample of its style, and provides biographies and discographies of key performers.


This invaluable reference also contains three appendices: an instrument glossary, an extensive bibliography, and a primer on the basics of reading music. No other book on the market covers more genres, includes more artists, and packs more information between its covers. It’s the ultimate guide for every music fan!






• Unparalleled in scope and substance

• Written and edited by
a distinguished team
of musicologists, musicians, and music aficionados, including
Stanley Sadie

• Organized by genre,
with comprehensive appendices and cross-references

• Ultimate music guide
for every family

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Edited by du Noyer (We All Shine On), this attractive coffee-table book contains a wealth of information on the popular music genres of the last 100 years, with an emphasis on the late 20th century ... Read full review

About the author (2003)

Paul du Noyeris the founder ofMojomagazine and former editor ofQmagazine. He is also the author of numerous books on popular music. He lives in London.

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