Classic Rock Handbook

While going through some of my books about music I discovered this old gem - The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock:

The reason I titled this post “Classic Rock Handbook” is that the book is from 1976/1977 and if you have ever listened to any Classic Rock radio stations or, better yet, the “Classic Vinyl” channel on SiriusXM and then glanced at the entries in this book you would understand exactly what I mean.

So in 1977 there was no Police, U2, R.E.M. and Prince along with many others. Bruce Springsteen was still a mere mortal, The Clash only had released one album, no Rap or Hip-Hop, and metal had not yet fractured into a million sub-genres. The book is a time capsule on the state of rock music in the late 1970s and makes for some very interesting reading 42 years later. It also does a good job of pinpointing the musical tastes of many of my contempories, i.e. the baby boomers (I just turned 65 years old) who are, when it comes to music, still stuck in their twenties.


I have a copy of that, bought at a car boot sale or charity shop a few decades ago. I really need to give some of the internet radio stations a listen. Here in the UK we have Planet Rock, which is very stale indeed and fairly unlistenable now due to a very limited artist selection and repetition of the same old stuff.

What’s the second album cover ? (from left).


From left to right:
Bob Dylan - Blond on Blond
Grateful Dead - Live Dead
David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
The Beatles - Sgt Peppers

And I believe that the photo above the album covers is Pink Floyd but it could any one of number of groups - long hair, guitar, bass and drums, very rare indeed in the early 1970s :smile:

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