The sheer scope and focus of this history is beyond belief, not just because of his encyclopeidic knowledge, but rather despite it, he has written a history like no other. He pulls no punches in what he sees as good and bad, is beholden to noone, has explored every nook and cranny of the last 50 years and comes up with a history that few of us may know about. A history that has NOTHING to do with the charts and everything to do with the absolute grass roots of rock and with rock in all nations, not just the god old US of A.
Consider this, here are his top ten albums of all time
Trout Mask Replica
Robert Wyatt: Rock Bottom
Thirsty Ear, 1998
Faust: Faust I
Doors: The Doors
Popol Vuh: Hosianna Mantra
High Tide, 1994
Modern Dance Blank, 1978
Royal Trux: Twin Infinitives
Drag City, 1990
John Fahey: Fare Forward Voyagers
Nico: Desert Shore
Different, yes, controversial, yes, hate Captain Beefheart, YES !!!, interesting, absolutely!!
If you are closed minded and think the history of rock that you know is the truth, forget it. If you are interested in what might be left after you take away the influence of record company hype and marketing, this is the site for you. Keep your own personal critical faculties about you and you'll get your PhD. in Rock.
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