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All music guide to country : the definitive guide to country music
Bogdanov, Vladimir, 1965-
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Ann Arbor, MI : AMG ; San Francisco, CA : Backbeat Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
xi, 963 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
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ML156.4.C7 A45 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
ML156.4.C7 A45 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
ML156.4.C7 A45 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference-Music

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The 'All Music Guide to Country' is a complete guide to country music's performers and their top recordings, covering the entire spectrum of the genre, from old-time country to new alternative country.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

In 1997, Backbeat (then Miller Freeman Books) released the first edition of this sterling reference on country music and its cousins; it boasted more than 5500 album reviews and 1000 artist profiles. This second edition more than doubles the critical content. Weighing in with 10,281 record ratings and 1,219 artist biographies, it is easily the most thorough work of its kind. Under the direction of editors Bogdanov, Chris Woodstraw, and Stephen Thomas Erlewine-the trio who brought readers All Music Guide to Rock and All Music Guide to the Blues, among others-staff reviewers provide thoughtful, well-reasoned, and informed assessments of artists spanning the entire gamut of country music, from alt-country and bluegrass to honky tonk and rockabilly. Accurate and concise, the alphabetical entries run from one paragraph to several pages and include artist name, vital statistics, musical style(s), and capsule reviews of key recordings, rated on a scale of one to five diamonds (stars and circles indicate essential and first-purchase albums, respectively). Following the entries are a section of special essays on such topics as "Alternative Country in the '90s," "Outlaw Country," and "Country Albums by Rock Artists," which provide additional detail and discussion of the stylistic relationships among the various artists. Interspersed throughout are "Music Maps" charting the birth and development of music genres, record labels, and venues. Finally, there's the index, which is thorough, accurate, and easy to use. In short, this outstanding work is essential for both public and academic libraries.-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

The first edition of AMG's volume on country music was only two-thirds the size of this one, issued seven years later. The longer edition not only adds musicians (recent and historic), but expands discographies throughout, reviewing almost double the number of albums (over 10,000). The target audience is country music collectors, but this AMG resembles a discography rather than a buyer's guide, since the authors discuss in detail many recordings that are out of print or have never appeared on CD. They have significantly increased coverage of imported records on important labels such as Bear Family and Razor & Tie. Even with nearly 1,000 pages, the mother Web site to these guides, All Music Guide , contains even more information about even more recordings. The content of sample biographies and reviews from the book are identical to that of the Web site, but the book lacks the cross-references (i.e., hyperlinks) that make the Web site such a joy to explore. Although the main portion of the book (brief biographies and critical reviews of albums) will appeal to seasoned fans and collectors, the essays and "Music Maps" at the end of the book will appeal to novices as well, since they show relationships and influences for various subgenres, Honky Tonk to Country Comedy. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General and academic readers. J. Farrington Eastman School of Music