101 Albums that Changed Popular Music

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Oxford University Press, 2009 - Music - 280 pages
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Chris Smith's 101 Albums That Changed Popular Music tells the fascinating stories behind the most groundbreaking, influential, and often controversial albums ever recorded, ranging from The Anthology of American Folk Music (1952) to Elephant (2003) by The White Stripes.
Organized chronologically to capture the flow of culture from one album to the next, this volume illuminates how these classic recordings reflected--and sometimes changed--the political, social, and economic culture of their eras. Among the featured albums are releases from the hard-blues explosion of the '60s, including Robert Johnson's King of the Delta Blues Singers, a landmark collection whose songs were later covered by the likes of Cream, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones. Punk made its mark in the '70s with Patti Smith's Horses and the Clash's London Calling. In the '80s Michael Jackson's blockbuster LP, Thriller, not only topped the charts, it became the best-selling record of all time. Diversity defined the '90s, with the most influential albums ranging from Garth Brooks' No Fences, which made country one of the hottest musical genres of the decade, to Dr. Dre's debut, The Chronic, a multi-platinum smash hit that brought West Coast hip hop into the mainstream. For each album, the book lists the basic publication information, including release date, label, and producer. More important, Chris Smith sheds light on the history of these albums, revealing the inspiration behind their creation, and why they continue to stand the test of time. Selected on the basis of their popular appeal and influence on later genres, the albums included represent a wide variety of genres, such as blues, jazz, rock, reggae, rockabilly, folk, soul, hip-hop, and country.
A timeline of important events, a selected bibliography for further reading, and an appendix of albums that almost made the cut round out this volume, making it a gold mine of information for everyone who loves popular music.
 

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Honestly, I love this book for one reason-it will score me maximum points at parties when I parrot its contents arguing with other musicos (hey, Matthew Moyer, think you can take me?). However, it's ... Read full review

Contents

The Birth of the Long Player 19521962
1
Stop Hey Whats That Sound? 19631967
23
A Bridge Over Troubled Water 19681971
55
Take It to the Limit 19721976
95
The Modern Dance 19771985
135
Welcome to the Jungle 19861990
183
Smells Like Teen Spirit 19912008
211
Ten Albums That Almost Made It
243
Ten Important Producers
247
Albums Listed Chronologically
251
Albums Listed Alphabetically
257
Bibliography
263
Index
267
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Chris Smith is a music journalist and professor of cultural critcism, U. British Columbia. His books include Inside New York, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Rock History: The Rise of Album Rock, an The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Rock History: From Arenas to the Underground.

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