This encyclopedia's 30,000 entries cover all genres and periods of popular music from 1900 to the present day, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music. The expanded Fourth Edition includes thousands of new entries on trends, styles, record labels, venues, and music festivals. Key dates, biographies, and further reading are provided for artists covered, along with complete discographies that include record labels, release dates, and a 5-star album rating system. Included in this Oxford Digital Reference Shelf edition are online-exclusive entries that originally appeared on Oxford Music Online.
Music expert Colin Larkin compiled and edited the Encyclopedia, drawing on a long career spent writing about music that began in 1967. In the 1970s he wrote for the fanzine Dark Star and attempted to find songwriting success with his band, Closer Than Most. He formed Square One Books in 1990 to publish music-related books and to realize his dream of a multi-volume Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Mr. Larkin sold his company to Muze in 1997, and remains the full-time Editor-in-Chief of EPM. He lives in Suffolk, England.
Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Ed Colin Larkin. Muze Inc and Oxford University Press, Inc. 2009