…hundreds of books have attempted to define or at least circumscribe the music or some part of the experience of hearing it.” So begins the first edition of the Rolling Stone Record Guide from 1979.
Some work was being done on our house yesterday leaving me without power for a couple of hours. While I was sitting at my desk my eye fell upon my old, battered copy of the red Rolling Stone Record Guide that was my beacon in my formative years of music infatuation. Nicked from the school library in about 1985 (no guilt – it hadn’t been checked out since 1980), I can’t overemphasise the importance of this book in my life right up until the internet era. I still have a mental barrier that runs through 1979, dividing music history into ‘classic’ and ‘modern’ eras. At the mention of a band I still instantly see the star ratings for their albums in my head.The book was illustrated with the covers of 5-star albums and seeking these out was my perpetual goal for a decade or more. I still have a natural aversion to albums it dismissed.
The book is in bad shape, its pages having that » Continue Reading.