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
First published in 1990, The Encyclopedia of Popular Music is the largest project ever undertaken on the subject. This authoritative biographical encyclopedia of rock, pop, and jazz artists covers popular music from 1900 to the present, including folk, blues, world music, rock, heavy metal, techno, reggae, and hip hop. Edited and largely written by Colin Larkin, it is exhaustive, meticulous, authoritative - and incredibly fun to read. Critically acclaimed in its previous three editions, the Fourth Edition will not disappoint fans seeking authoritative and reliable information about popular music from around the world. Expanded to ten volumes, the new edition contains 6,000 new entries and extensive revisions and updates throughout the existing text, yielding 50% more material than the 1998 Third Edition. In addition to thousands of biographical entries, this A-Z reference also includes entries covering popular music genres, trends, styles, record labels, venues, and festivals. Key dates, biographies, and further reading are provided for artists covered, along with complete discographies that include record labels, release dates, and a 5-star album rating system.The text also features a special section of album entries, focusing on the most critically significant offerings.
From Grateful Dead to The Killers, from Whitesnake to White Stripes, from R.E.M. to Blink-182, from The Jazz Singer to Jerry Springer - The Opera, and from Bye Bye Birdie to Rent, The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Fourth Edition has something informative and clever to say about everyone's favourite performer. The Encyclopedia of Popular Music will also be available online from November 2007.