Many rock fans have, at one time or another, ranked their favorite artists in order of talent, charisma, and musical influence on the world as they see it. In this same spirit, author and music historian David V. Moskowitz expands on the concept of “top ten” lists to provide a lineup of the best 100 musical groups from the past 60 years. Since the chosen bands are based on the author’s personal taste, this two-volume set provokes discussion of which performers are included and why, offering insights into the surprising influences behind them.
From the Everly Brothers, to the Ramones, to Public Enemy, the work covers a wide variety of styles and genres, clearly illustrating the connections between them. Entries focus on the group’s history, touring, membership, major releases, selected discography, bibliography, and influence. Contributions from leading scholars in popular music shed light on derivative artists and underscore the overall impact of the performers on the music industry.
- Contains an alphabetical collection of entries that each profile a major group and band from the past 60 years
- Provides a selected discography and bibliography for further listening and reading for each entry
- Covers a wide variety of styles from classic rock to surf rock to hip hop
- Features sidebar entries which tie together larger popular music concepts such as the rise and influence of MTV and the phenomenon of girl bands