Cover image for Encyclopedia of world pop music, 1980-2001
Encyclopedia of world pop music, 1980-2001
Jeffries, Stan.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2003.
Physical Description:
xiii, 277 pages : portraits ; 27 cm
General Note:
"An Oryx book."
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
ML102.P66 J44 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference-Music

On Order



In this eclectic encyclopedia, author Stan Jeffries chronicles the careers of over 110 musical artists from 37 different nations. Entries include biographical information, trace the entrants' musical development, and recount the performers' critical and popular reception. A collection of photos, an index by nation, and appendices of music industry awards and standards for gold and platinum certification by country complete this one-of-a-kind resource for music fans and aficionados.

Popular music's global diversity is often overlooked in America, especially when performers achieved success in nations outside the United States. Some performers, such as A-Ha and Falco, are known as one-hit wonders in America despite their tremendous success elsewhere. Bands such as The Stone Roses and The Sugarcubes achieved cult or underground status in the United States but were headline acts in their native countries. And acts such as Dragon Ash, The Leningrad Cowboys, and Powderfinger--all but unknown in America-are considered landmark acts in their homelands.

Author Notes

STAN JEFFRIES is a music critic radio show host. He was a contributor to The Rough Guide to Rock .

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Here, music critic and radio show host Jeffries deals principally with artists who have achieved significantly greater acceptance and commercial success in their native countries than in the United States. Though the 110 biographies are fairly thorough and well written, this one-volume "encyclopedia" suffers from two major flaws. First, many of the biographical entries seem to rely quite heavily on artists' official web sites, which begs the question, "Why not just go to the web in the first place?" Second, in covering such a huge topic in only 110 biographical entries, selection can become highly personal and potentially controversial: some well-known international artists are absent, while some one-hit wonders rate full biographical entries. While this helps Jeffries achieve his stated goal of showing the wide diversity of pop music around the world, it makes the book somewhat less encyclopedic than the title might suggest. Despite these flaws, reference users will find useful information here, particularly on some of the more obscure (in the United States) European and Asian acts from Axelle Red to Three Michelle Gun Elephant: biographies of many of these artists have not previously appeared in print in the United States. The text is fully indexed and includes several helpful appendixes. Recommended for larger public and secondary-school libraries and a possibility for general-interest academic collections.-James E. Perone, Mount Union Coll., Alliance, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

British music critic and radio host Jeffries has compiled this specialized guide to 117 performers whose greatest success has come outside the US. Artists representing 37 countries (Argentina to Wales) were chosen primarily because of significant record sales in their country of popularity, with a few additional artists included based on their influence rather than sales (e.g., Yello). Entries, which average two pages, include career overviews, comment on recorded output, chart placement, and influence, adding one URL, occasional print references, and a smattering of photographs. Selection in a work of this type is always arguable (the exclusions of The Tragically Hip from Canada and Super Furry Animals from Wales are unfortunate), but the overview of musicians popular throughout various parts of the world is useful. More detailed discographies for each entry would enhance the overviews. Appendixes include lists by country, awards, and gold and platinum certification standards by country. This unique publication should be valuable to most popular music collections. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General and academic collections. R. A. Aken University of Kentucky

Table of Contents

Entries by Country