Best rock reference books?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Country Rocker, Nov 24, 2021.

  1. Kingsley Fats

    Kingsley Fats Forum Resident

    If you are interested in the evolution of rock, especially from an African American perspective this is brilliant.

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  2. Paul Lee

    Paul Lee Forum Resident

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    Not heard of this book before or the author. But will look into it. I do love reading.
     
  3. trednour

    trednour Forum Resident

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    Still use my marked-up copy (yellow highlighted non-lp B-sides). The revised edition from 1978 is OK.
     
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  4. trednour

    trednour Forum Resident

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    A couple of the books I use on a regular basis:
    Vernon Joynson's Fuzz, Acid & Flowers (and the companion Tapestry Of Delights).
    And Martin Strong's discographies, including his older Psychedelic book. He is the one guy who tries to indicate the different release dates betwixt US & UK albums.
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  5. Kingsley Fats

    Kingsley Fats Forum Resident

    He is a brilliant researcher & will take you to places that nobody else has. He reveals a parrallel universe that provided the essential building blocks for the emergence of Rock & Roll.
     
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  6. Kingsley Fats

    Kingsley Fats Forum Resident

    I'd forgotten about those books. They all well & truly deserve a mention. I will have to try & dig mine out for a refresher.
     
  7. zphage

    zphage genre fluid

    Location:
    Nockamixon

    Irwin Stabler’s Encyclopedia of Pop, Rock, and Soul is roughly from the same period and a little more affordable.
     
  8. Bruso

    Bruso Forum Resident

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    Big Muddy
    Pete Frame’s Rock Family Trees for band lineups, dates, albums, etc.
     
  9. davebush

    davebush New Test Leper

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    I'm selling my copy of this huge new wave bible.

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    736 pages.

    The Holy Bible of punk discographies. 736 pages of punk and new wave releases, zine, club, label, etc listings bound in paperback. This book claims to be the most extensive international compilation of Punk, New Wave, Futurist, Hard Core discographies ever assembled.

    The graphics by Pam Meyer transform this book from an incredible reference work into a classic of 1980s new wave design: snazzy doodles, punk-y cut and paste titles. The first 478 pages are alphabetically arranged discographies of more obscure bands than any obsessed fan could ever know. Large sections of contact info for fanzines, distributors, labels, clubs. A spectacular research and reference guide.
     
  10. Mr. D

    Mr. D Forum Resident

    That was indispensable to me growing up and discovering music. One of the best Christmas gifts I ever received.
     
  11. Mr. D

    Mr. D Forum Resident

    I remember seeing that cover “back in the day”. Surprised I never picked it up.
     
  12. Eric_Generic

    Eric_Generic Enigma

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    All of the Martin C Strong Discography books (Rock, Indie etc). I found most of them in specialist charity shops, and always get them if they're a different edition because each update necessitated the removal of some acts to make way for the new.

    I read them almost weekly.

    Plus, as a complete chart nerd I have to have as many Top 40/Hit Single type books as I can. UK and US. First it was the Guiness ones in the 80s and 90s, then the Complete Hit Singles & Albums editions, plus some Joel Whitburn Billboard ones. Add in the Virgin-published books listing complete Top 40 charts from every week since the 50s or 60s, and I have a lot bases covered.

    I'll never get rid of them because I don't want to/can't always be hooked up to the net.

    EG.
     
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  13. davebush

    davebush New Test Leper

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    Did you see it where I bought it - Poptones?
     
  14. bluesky

    bluesky Forum Resident

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    south florida, usa
    Bill Graham Presents.

    Outstanding rock book!
     
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  15. Mr. D

    Mr. D Forum Resident

    Haha. Yeah, undoubtedly :righton:
     
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  16. Purple Jim

    Purple Jim Forum Resident

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    N.M.E. Book Of Rock 2
    This served me well over the decades. I still grab it from time to time.
     
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  17. greasepaint

    greasepaint Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Lexington KY
    If you are of a certain age:

    Charlie Gillet's "Sound of the City," where the new up and coming acts The Band and Creedence are flagged as bands to keep an eye on.

    The 1976 edition (pretty sure?) of the Rolling Stone history of rock and roll, even if it does mistakenly label a very large picture of David Byron (Uriah Heep) as Ian Hunter and describes it as a rare shot of Ian sans shades. Not comprehensive, but consists of mostly very good essays by leading rock critics.

    Not sure about the availablity of either of the above. Also +1 on Pete Frame's Rock Family Trees.
     
  18. Purple Jim

    Purple Jim Forum Resident

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    Ultimate Hendrix
     
  19. Hoover Factory

    Hoover Factory Old Dude Who Knows Things

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    [​IMG] The first edition is great - oversized, fabulous pictures, & detailed chart listings. Subsequent editions are smaller sized and lack the visual impact. The first edition was issued in 1976 (?). The second edition was issued in 1980 and was updated to include Disco, Punk, New Wave, & Springsteen
     
  20. T-Mac

    T-Mac Forum Resident

    Location:
    Ohio
    Led Zeppelin live! By Luis Rey
    Illustrated Collectors Guide to Led Zeppelin Robert Godwin
    Led Zeppelin The Complete Concert Chronicle, Dave Lewis and Mark Tremaglio
    Hot Wacks Book XV- The Last Wacks
    The Doors On The Road, Greg Shaw
    The Who The Concert File, McMichael & Lyons

    a few of my absolute go to books
     
  21. dachada

    dachada Senior Member

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    FL
    this was my reference yeas ago
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  22. kamchatka

    kamchatka Forum Resident

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    The Spin Alternative Record Guide from the 1990s was extremely valuable to me when I was in my early 20s. Naturally there's lots of opinions I disagree with in there, but it made me aware of a huge number of groups/artists I hadn't known about, back before I ever used the internet.
     
  23. Eric_Generic

    Eric_Generic Enigma

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    I think that's all of the variations I have!

    EG.
     
  24. Bruso

    Bruso Forum Resident

    Location:
    Big Muddy
  25. Bruso

    Bruso Forum Resident

    Location:
    Big Muddy
    Rock ‘70 by Chris Hodenfield

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