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'Nearly 20 years in the making, the encyclopedia responds to a need for a comprehensive approach to popular music, one that would give due attention to non-Anglo-American musics. Highly recommended. ' Choice 'This is a fabulous book. It will be indispensable to students of popular music not only as the ultimate work of reference, but also as a good read. Start browsing and it is almost impossible to stop!' Professor Simon Frith aeExcellent, readable and thoroughly usefulaWhile some previous single-volume and multivolume works have addressed the development and current state of popular music, none has done so with this work's depth of scholarship and global reach. Scholarly, clearly written, and well indexed, it is an ideal reference set.AE Library JournReseña del editor:
The EPMOW Biography volumes contain entries on biographies of key popular music personnel worldwide. Included are entries on record producers and engineers; technological innovators; record company heads and other industry figures; important journalists, critics and scholars; individual songwriters, composers, lyricists, performers and groups. A much wider range than is to be found in comparable reference works. All entries conclude with a bibliography, discographical references and discography, with additional information on sheet music listings and visual recordings. Written by leading popular music scholars and other music professionals and edited by a team of distinguished scholars in the field, this encyclopedia set is the first comprehensive and scholarly reference work on popular music personnel world-wide (competing texts focus on the Anglophone world and often give much thinner coverage of contemporary popular music in favour of classical or traditional musics). Each entry strikes a balance between biography and critical assessment, interweaving the two into a more interesting and informative narrative than is provided by the customary division of music biographies into 'life and works'.
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