Rock Chronicles: Every Legend, Every Line-Up, Every Look

Firefly. 2012. 576p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781770851177. pap. $29.95. MUSIC
If there's one thing rock 'n' roll buffs all have in common, it's a love for talking about their favorite band lineups. Keeping track of all of these band member changes can be confusing. Thankfully, Roberts (Rock Atlas: 650 Great Music Locations and the Fascinating Stories Behind Them) provides a solution in this mammoth book. More than just a standard rock music encyclopedia, it includes head shots of current and former members of almost any band you can imagine, along with a handy time line for each group's entry, showing when and for how long each member participated. This can be helpful for a group like Fleetwood Mac, which has had 16 different members over its almost 50-year span. It also includes hundreds of full-color photographs of the bands in action. Note, however, that the book specifically focuses on guitar-based rock music—R&B and hip-hop groups are excluded.
VERDICT With well-written and up-to-date entries for every band included, and fantastic photos throughout, this book will be a welcome and heavily used addition to any rock 'n' roll buff's library.
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