Bob Dylan is the ultimate singer-songwriter - revered, enigmatic and responsible for a staggering number of classic songs. This second edition of The Rough Guide to Bob Dylan demystifies the man and the music, exploring his life, his lyrics, and the legends that surrounded them. The Life: from Minnesota to Manchester, from the Albert Hall to the Never Ending Tour, The Music: the 50 greatest songs and the stories behind them, plus albums, bootlegs and compilations, The Movies: Dylan on screen and soundtracks, from Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid to No Direction Home, Dylanology: the wisdom of Bob, comic songs and curios, plus books, fanzines and websites.
Rock legends Led Zeppelin remain a colossal music force with songs at once mystical, heavy, traditional and highly original. The Rough Guide to Led Zeppelin tells the story of the life and afterlife of this most extraordinary supergroup. Features include: The Story: from the first meeting of Plant and Page to the untimely death of John Bonham, detailing the magic, mayhem and excesses of the era. The Music: the band's fifty best songs unpicked, plus coverage of blues influences, bootlegs, solo careers, and the best Jimmy Page guitar solos and most outstanding Robert Plant vocals. The Passengers: profiles of collaborators and colleagues including Roy Harper and Mickie Most. The Cargo: Zeppelin films, places, myths and memorabilia, books, websites and the afterlife of 'Stairway to Heaven.' It's a whole lotta Zep . . . .
The Rough Guide to Blues gives you the complete lowdown on all the grittiest singers, bottleneck guitarists, belt-it-out divas and wailing harmonica players that made the most influential music of the last century. From music legend B.B. King to folk hero Robert Johnson, the guide includes detailed profiles of hundreds of artists and critical reviews of their best albums. The fascinating story is told in full--how the blues crawled from the Mississippi Delta, went electric in the big cities, and spread across the world--with feature boxes on topics like boogie woogie, gospel and the best blues record labels. Check out the ten greatest slide-guitar tracks or the ten most miserable 'woke up this mornin's. With the handy playlists that help you to pick 'n' choose quick 'best ofs' to download to your iPod or MP3 player.
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