There are many outstanding books about rock music out there. After all, rock ‘n’ roll has changed and still changes the course of music history for the better. You would be surprised how many individual genres and subgenres of music owe credit to rock, and even new artists/bands find some mysterious ways to upgrade their style by implementing some elements of rock music. The innovation in sound drew the crowd’s attention toward rock music during the ’60s and 70s as well. Renowned bands like The Beatles and Rolling Stones paved the way for generations of rockers, and their music still makes an impact on new fans today. Many works of literature explore this unique phenomenon in textual form, but good graphic books are a sheer rarity nowadays.
Pop Rock Icons by Philippe Margotin is one of those exceptional photo books every good household interested in rock needs because it showcases rock history through eye-peeling photos captured by some of the best photographers of the era. The book embraces the ’60s and 70s era that was probably most fruitful for the genres such as classic rock, pop rock, hard rock, progressive rock, heavy metal, pub rock, and glam rock. Pop Rock Icons explores all these music genres through high-quality photography, longevous preludes into every section of the book, brief information about every band, fun facts, and other trivia you unquestionably need to know about some of the greatest names of the rock scene.
Being a biographer for Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, U2, and Radiohead, but also an author of numerous music books gives Philippe Margotin credibility and all tools of the trade to delve deep into some of the juiciest gossip and information about the bands explored in the book. As someone knowledgeable about the fundamentals of rock music and its pioneers, Margotin provides you with facts about every artist or band explored within these pages. Pop Rock Icons begins with the rivalry of The Beatles and Rolling Stones, then delves deep into lives of other classic rock, pop rock, progressive rock, pub rock, hard rock, and heavy metal icons. The Yardbirds, The Animals, Marianne Faithful, Twiggy, The Who, Hawkwind, Motorhead, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Ian Dury, Rod Stewart, Fleetwood Mac, and Joe Strummer are just some of the names that you’ll find in this book. There’s also a separate section about the greatest guitar players like Jimmy Page, Richie Blackmoore, and Jimi Hendrix. It’s a nice cherry on the top for those who appreciate their contributions to rock music. Of course, these acts are just the tip of the iceberg, and you can, without any doubt, expect more.
The book comes with a glossy but semi-matte finish, so there’s a bit of light reflection while reading/peeling into these photos, but it will not spoil your enjoyment. I guess the publishers thought about it while making decisions about printing, and I think they did a pretty good job on it. Another good side of this edition of Pop Rock Icons is a hardcover. It’s made to last, which is quite important considering how many snapback books bend nowadays, and look like they went through thick and thin after the first reading. Therefore, I find this book as the best long-term investment in your education about rock music. Head to the Aurora Metro web store and preserve your copy of this fine piece of visual rock history.