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The Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music: From Adele to Ziggy, the Real A to Z of Rock and Pop

Dylan Jones.
Publisher Picador  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.55 x 1.6 inches
ISBN 9781250031860
Pages/Publication Date 882/2012
Daedalus Item Code 41676
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In this waggish, opinionated, at times downright chirpy collection of essays, longtime cultural critic and British GQ editor-in-chief Dylan Jones offers his thoughts on more than 350 pop artists from around the world. The A to Z format takes us from A Tribe Called Quest and ABBA to Frank Zappa, with perhaps unexpected stopovers at the Brill Building, Go-Go, Shirley MacLaine, a list of Punk Singles, the USO, and podcasts of The Word.

"Reference tome? Not so much. Great fun? Absolutely.... Basically one guy's take on the last century of music—but since the guy in question is the award-winning editor of British GQ, we all win. Don't expect to open this book and find a history of your favorite band. Indeed, don't go in expecting to find your favorite band at all, let alone facts about its forming or discography. Jones's opinion is the only one that matters here, and he'll dedicate 16 pages to Frank Sinatra or 1 sentence to Genesis as he pleases. Ill-suited for research, but perfect for any music lover's nightstand."—Booklist

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