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The Billboard illustrated encyclopedia of music
Du Noyer, Paul.
Publication Information:
New York : Billboard Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
448 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Pop -- Rock -- Jazz -- Blues -- Country -- Folk -- Classical -- World -- Dance -- Hip hop -- Reggae -- Soul and R&B -- Gospel -- Electronic -- Soundtracks and theatre -- Popular and novelty -- Instruments glossary -- How to read music -- Further reading.
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ML100 .B38 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference-Music

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Rock, country, classical, hip hop, folk, world, dance--virtually every combination thereof and every major player therein--will be found within the pages of the most authoritative, informative, and entertaining guide to music ever published. Genres Covered: • Rock • Pop • Classical • Jazz • Blues • Gospel • Soul • R&B • Reggae • Hip Hop • World • Dance • Movie Soundtracks • Musical Theater • Electronic • New Age • Folk More than 12,000 musicians, performers, composers, and songwriters--along with 800 colorful illustrations of artists, instruments, and album covers--fill the pages of a guide that is without equal in its substance and scope. Organized by genre,The Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Musicoffers concise introductions to each music form, presents a four-bar sample of its style, and provides biographies and discographies of key performers. This invaluable reference also contains three appendices: an instrument glossary, an extensive bibliography, and a primer on the basics of reading music. No other book on the market covers more genres, includes more artists, and packs more information between its covers. It's the ultimate guide for every music fan! • Unparalleled in scope and substance • Written and edited by a distinguished team of musicologists, musicians, and music aficionados, including Stanley Sadie • Organized by genre, with comprehensive appendices and cross-references • Ultimate music guide for every family

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Edited by du Noyer (We All Shine On), this attractive coffee-table book contains a wealth of information on the popular music genres of the last 100 years, with an emphasis on the late 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. In fact, the text is quite skewed toward recent music. Hip-hop, for example, receives about the same amount of coverage as the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras combined-an approximately 300-year time span. The organization and use of sidebars suggest the influence of web page design, and, indeed, this work is much more visually stimulating and much friendlier to the casual browser than any other encyclopedic work in the music field. The appendixes on musical instruments and how to read musical notation will be helpful to readers who have not had formal musical training, and they are the target audience. Because of balance issues, this is not the ideal standalone encyclopedia of music. Given the emphasis on contemporary pop genres, however, it would make a great companion to large, multivolume sets such as The New Grove Dictionary of Music and to the many worthwhile genre-specific works available on rock, country, jazz, and soul. Academic libraries are not as likely to find this work essential, but it is highly recommended for all public 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 16 sections of Billboard's slick encyclopedia present general overviews on rock, pop, hip-hop, blues, jazz, folk, classical, futuristic, and world music. The contributors present a brief general introduction to each topic, then subgenres (e.g., the Second Viennese School, John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, types of jazz). "Artists Indexes" list ensembles and performers of specific genres (such as rock groups Metallica and Smashing Pumpkins) and indicate their years of dominance. These lists help identify who sang country music, or who copies Burt Bacharach. The appendixes and bibliography are useful, and the glossary supplies illustrations of some instruments. "How to Read Music" defines basic elements in music. Color or black-and-white photographs of performers are identified with brief captions, and examples are provided in staff notation for each genre. The index is well structured but does not list every name in the text or the artist lists. Can serve as a quick introduction to music for the uninitiated, or for those wishing to learn about types of music unfamiliar to them. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates. R. Hartsock University of North Texas