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The Encyclopedia of Popular Music


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Those who have followed the progress of this excellent work (an LJ Best Reference Book in 1992 as The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music; 2d ed., 1995) assume that Larkin will not disappoint, and here he delivers a monumental and quite handsome update. Anyone unfamiliar with this guide to 20th-century "nonclassical" music‘rock, pop, rap, reggae, jazz, country, musical theater, etc.‘will be staggered at the breadth and depth of the material. The third edition features 18,500 unsigned entries, normally 150 to 3000 words in length, including 4500 entirely new articles, with updates throughout. In comparison, the 14,500-entry 1992 edition now seems minuscule. Larkin continues to include performers, composers, producers, labels, companies, events, venues, films, and videos. One-hit wonders abound, and the international coverage is a model for all musical reference works. The index is now over 350 pages, with a song index of 50,000 titles, a relief for those confronting "who sang what?" questions. As with earlier editions, this is remarkably up-to-date, although additional "where are they now?" information would be welcome in future editions. Two other significant modifications have been made since 1995. For the first time, accompanying discographies list record labels and feature a five-star rating system; release dates of all recordings continue from earlier editions. The expansion into eight volumes also means that each volume is less unwieldy than before, although more shelf space is required for the set. Even without these new features, this is an acquisition without equal for all academic and public libraries and will easily replace either earlier edition.‘Anthony J. Adam, Prairie View A&M Univ. Lib., TX

Larkin works virtually single-handed, and is to be congratulated on his achievement. Liz Thomson, The Independent Without question the most useful reference work on popular music Jools Holland of the previous edition) Besides being a fascinating, arm-stretching achievement, this extraordinary work is testament to editor Colin Larkin's indefatigable belief in the power of music. This is simply a must-have for anyone interested in the broad church of popular music. Patrick Humphries, Record Collector The ultimate pantheon of pop. Record Collector Remarkably up-to-date...this is an acquisition without equal for all academic and public libraries and will easily replace either edition. Library Journal. Starred Review (of the previous edition) It is fun and informative, and essential for any library that serves readers interested in popular music. Choice (of the previous edition) The Longest love letter to music- Tony Parsons Daily Telegraph (of the previous edition) A work of almost frightening completeness The Times of the previous edition) Very possibly the best rock reference book ever Q Magazine (of the previous edition) Above criticism the meticulous accuracy is infuriating The Guardian (of the previous edition) [The Encyclopedia of Popular Music is] the popular music equivalent to the New Grove Dictionary of Music, and as such has no equal in or put of print... Library Journal (of the previous edition) Larkin's precise and finely-tuned critical apparatus allows him (and us) to form a judgement that transcends the fleeting character of many acts. Norman Lebrecht Those even remotely interested in any sort of popular music or popular culture in general will find this a treasure trove of information. Nothing remotely as comprehensive on the topic exists. A most enjoyable read and an essential purchase for all libraries. Library Journal

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