The New Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll

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Patricia Romanowski Bashe, Patricia Romanowski, Holly George-Warren, Jon Pareles
Fireside, 1995 - Music - 1120 pages
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With more than 500 new entries and extensive revisions of the previous 1,300, this authoritative volume is the definitive sourcebook on the world's music makers-- from the one-hit wonders to the megastars. Selected by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as its official source of information, "The New Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll"-- like the first edition, which was published in 1983-- tops the charts with its full coverage of every aspect of the rock scene. It's all here-- from the tremendous impact of Madonna, MTV, rap, and alternative rock to complete profiles of the Grateful Dead, the Rolling Stones, Lou Reed, and hundreds of other musicians, both famous and infamous.

"The New Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll" includes all the facts, phenomena, and flukes, including:

Gold and platinum record awards

Grammy awards in rock and related fields, including country, rap, blues, and jazz One-hit wonders-- performers whose moments in the spotlight were as brief as they were dazzling

The best videos ever produced

Producers, disc jockeys, and others who have directly influenced the music

Definitions of musical terms from a cappella and doo-wop to heavy metal and industrial, from house music to New Age

Hundreds of historic photographs

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees

Accompanying the biographical and discographical information on the more than 1,800 artists included in this edition are essays that reveal the performers' musical influences, first breaks, and critical and commercial hits and misses, as well as evaluations of their place in rock history. Meticulously researched and concisely written with insight and flair, this is the best book on rock roll available today.

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While not as current as some Encyclopedias, this is an excellent addition to secondary libraries. The editorial forward addresses the issues of bias, selection of artists and journalistic fact ... Read full review

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Excellent reference - starts many a conversation and ends many an argument. Highly recommend it! Read full review

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About the author (1995)

Romanowski is an award-winning author.

Holly George-Warren is an award-winning writer and editor who has contributed to more than forty books about rock & roll. She is the author of "Punk 365", "Grateful Dead 365", and "Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry", among other books. She cowrote "The Road to Woodstock" and is coeditor of "The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll", "Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey", and "Farm Aid: A Song for America". Her writing has appeared in such publications as the "New York Times", "Rolling Stone", "Entertainment Weekly", "Mojo", and the "Village Voice".

Jon Pareles is a rock critic for" The New York Times," He lives in New York City.

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