I had never owned an All Music Guide but for years I had been told by fellow music collectors that they are really terrific reference volumes. When I discovered that All Music had published "All Music Guide To Soul: The Definitive Guide to R & B and Soul" I decided to give this book a try. I must say that I was impressed by the extensive detail given to each entry in this book. You would not only learn the history of an artist or a group, but in many cases you got an update as to what the artist was doing nowadays. This was impressive and distinguishes this book from many others that I have seen on the market. The book covers a wide array of genres including rhythm and blues, soul, funk, disco and one of my personal favorites doo wop. There is one major problem however. The print is so small that I got a headache trying to read it. Try as a might I just could not get past this major flaw. I wound up sending it back. Too bad. I suspect anyone over the age of 40 will encounter the same problem. It seems to me that it would have been much wiser to divide this into 2 volumes with print that you could actually read. I would have gladly paid the difference. For this reason this is not a book that I can recommend.
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All Music Guide to Rock - 3rd Edition The Definitive Guide to Rock, Pop and Soul Editor: Chris Woodstra Editor: Stephen Thomas Erlewine Editor: Vladimir Bogdanov Easy to use and fun to explore, this 1,400-page tome is the most complete guide ever published on the artists and recordings that really rock. Compiled by dozens of music critics, it reviews and rates more than 14,000 great albums by over 2,200 artists and groups in more than 400 styles – both mainstream and alternative – including bootlegs, import-only releases, important out-of-print recordings, and lesser-known cult artists. A brief profile details each performer's career, while insightful reviews of top recordings help define the musician's artistic development and impact on rock. Expanded biographies spotlight major figures, along with complete album discographies. Also features educational essays and "music maps" that chart the evolution of rock's diverse subgenres at a glance.