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The Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music

From Adele to Ziggy, the Real A to Z of Rock and Pop

Dylan Jones

Picador

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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THE BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF POPULAR MUSIC

A TRIBE CALLED QUEST

As the foundation of Lou Reed’s “Walk On The Wild Side” glides across the stereo, a loop that immediately sounds as though it should come with its very own Lava Lamp, we hear Q-Tip and Phife Dawg shuffle into the picture, gibbering away as though they were in The Goon Show. And suddenly – as if from nowhere – “Can I Kick It?” is in full view. A Tribe Called Quest’s jazz-rap fusions can still play all night, moving from hotel lobby to shebeen to the iPad with ease, and

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Praise for The Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music

"A perfect gift for the discerning fanboy in your life."—People

"In his new Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music, Jones has a way to make you smile even when he's taking apart one of your favorite acts, to make you think whether he's celebrating a band or dismissing one."—Salon

"Agree with him or not, Jones' biting criticism makes for lively reading."—The San Francisco Chronicle

"Amazing, brilliant, and absolutely compelling...a knockout."—David Thomson, author of A Biographical Dictionary of Film

"Reference tome? Not so much. Great fun? Absolutely....Perfect for any music lover’s nightstand."—Booklist

“Dylan Jones’ guide to popular music is entertaining, amusing and informative….this is your chance to learn everything there is to know about the music industry.”—Vogue UK

“Whether you’re into rock, indie or good old pop music, this biographical dictionary seems to cover every corner when it comes to modern music….A real musical journey!”—The Star (London)

“Amiably opinionated, funny and revealing, this is a knowingly subjective A-Z of the artists Jones fancies.”—The Daily Telegraph (London)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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.

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The Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music

From Adele to Ziggy, the Real A to Z of Rock and Pop

Dylan Jones

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