1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die
By Robert Dimery
1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die is your ultimate critical guide to history’s greatest music. You’ll find a mouthwatering choice of listening here: from Miles Davis’s jazz landmark Kind of Blue (1959) to David Bowie’s tragic final release Blackstar (2016), alongside groundbreaking releases by contemporary artists. Explore musical history from the symphonic pop of The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds to the gargantuan grunge of Nirvana’s Nevermind.
1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die pays homage to the forces that have shaped rock and pop – but also dips into dance, jazz, funk, punk, disco, soul, hip-hop, world music and the avant-garde. Fascinating insights and trivia accompany detailed reviews of each album. What did Time magazine consider the 20th century’s greatest album? Which anthem by Prince was an attempt to emulate Bob Seger? And what links Count Basie and Batman?
With inside knowledge and incisive criticism from 90 internationally acclaimed music journalists, this updated edition provides an indispensable companion to the music itself, illustrated with more than 900 iconic images of album covers, bands and artists, 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die is a must-have for the musically inspired.
General Editor Robert Dimery is a writer and editor who has worked on Tony Wilson’s 24 Hour Party People, Pump Up The Volume: A History of House and Breaking Into Heaven: The Rise and Fall of The Stone Roses and 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die. He has contributed to many books on classic albums and singles, as well as working for a wide variety of magazines, including Time Out London and Vogue. He lives in London. Michael Lydon has been writing about pop music since the 1960s and was founding Editor of Rolling Stone. He has written profiles on Lennon and McCartney and has been on tour with the Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Johnny Cash and many others. His books include Rock Folk, Boogie Lightening, and the definitive biography Ray Charles: Man and Music. Flashbacks, a collection of his rock writing, was published in 2003. Michael is also a regular ‘talking head’ on television and radio on both sides of the Atlantic. He lives in New York.