Rock Chronicles (Second Edition) edited by David Roberts (2015)
Rock Chronicles (Second Edition)
edited by David Roberts
Firefly Books, 2015
This massive volume covers 250 of rock’s biggest and most influential artists, from Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry to Bruce Springsteen and Jimi Hendrix to Muse and System of a Down. Classic rock, folk, metal, progressive, country rock, and experimental, David Roberts and his team of collaborators attempt to cover every important subgenre under the rock umbrella. Some bands were omitted because of space limitations (you won’t find Joan Jett, Lita Ford, or the Runaways anywhere in the book), and there are some questionable choices as well (Extreme is included, rather than Poison or Quiet Riot), but in general this is an excellent collection of information.
Photographs of all major band members appear at the top of an artist’s entry; a timeline of their tenure can be found at the bottom. Each artists’ four best-selling albums are noted at the top, while each major studio release is included in the timeline at the bottom. The articles are top-notch, providing an overview of each band’s career and major highlights, as well as some interesting trivia along the way.
Rock fans will spend hours reading Rock Chronicles, looking up the bands they have never heard of and rediscovering others they have forgotten.