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Book Review: The Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music
General Editor: Paul Du Noyer
By Matthew S. Robinson
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2004-06-11
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Book Title: "The Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music"
General Editor: Paul Du Noyer
Publisher: Billboard Books/Watson Guptill Publications
Lenght: 450 pages
Cost: $45 (Hardcover)

From Classical to Young Country, Blues to Trip-Hop, and Alternative to Zydeco, "The Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music" lays it all out as only Billboard could. Though the categories are not alphabetical, the book is easy to navigate with its broad chapters and comprehensive entries, many of which include not only descriptions of the given genre, but also lists of sub-genres and their "leading exponents," artist quotations, representative musical charts, and even seminal album covers (among its thousands of illustrations). Each section also includes its own index to help readers find out more about their favorite bands or less familiar artists. With a foreword by Sir George Martin, this almost all-in-one guide to the wonderfully diverse world of music puts it all in perspective and all in one edifying and enjoyable volume.


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