The Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music by Dylan Jones
From Adele to Ziggy, the Real A to Z of Rock and Pop

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The Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music is an incredible and opinionated collection of celebrated cultural critic Dylan Jones’s thoughts on more than 350 of the most important artists around the world—alive and dead, big and small, at length and in brief. This A to Z reference is the true musical heir to David Thomson’s seminal The New Biographical Dictionary of Popular Film. Jones writes entertainingly about bands that have inspired, bedeviled, and fascinated him over the years.


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DYLAN JONES is the editor in chief of British GQ, where he has won the BSME Editor of the Year Award seven times during his tenure and was recognized for the Innovation/Brand-Building Initiative of the Year award for the annual GQ Men of the Year Awards. Jones has a weekly column in The Mail on Sunday’s magazine supplement and writes regularly for The Spectator. His other works include Jim Morrison: Dark Star, Paul Smith: True Brit, and iPod, Therefore I Am.
Published October 30, 2012 by Picador. 912 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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The hapless buyer who takes the title seriously and expects a reference book will learn this, and only this, about Crosby, Stills & Nash: “A varnished log cabin.” The next entry, for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, reads in its entirety, “A varnished log cabin with an unvarnished door.” On Genesis:...

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Ken Greenleaf

Jones — currently editor of British GQ, with a long history of music books and journalism behind him — offers respect for the standard music encyclopedia, but he also finds them "obsessively objective and pathologically comprehensive."

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