The Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music

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The Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music

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

By Dylan Jones

Picador USA, Paperback, 9781250031860, 882pp.

Publication Date: October 30, 2012


"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.

About the Author
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."

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)