| With great anticipation, I opened the package from John Blair , knowing it contained
the Fourth Edition of his remarkable The Illustrated Discography Of Surf Music.
I spent the next several days going over the familiar, the new, and the changed.
John updated the book in several important ways:
| Like earlier editions, this book is a fascinating read for the collector and
the casual fan alike. I communicate regularly with John about vintage surf releases, and
like those conversations, there are an many obscuros I never knew about.
John's book is loaded with the obscure, the familiar, and the strange. Blair is a serious surf historian, who is very careful about documentation before he claims any fact. He has tracked down label records, band members, and label moguls to get the straight story.
|The Illustrated Discography Of Surf Music includes the full spectrum of surf music, from its inception in 1961 through the end if its heyday in 1965. John has compiled the authentic, the commercial, the garage, and the studio groups. They only need fit the historians view to be included. As before, John defines the rules of engagement, including the use of teh work "surf" or a surf term in the title, the styles commonly included i both the instrumental and voacl variants, the use of the classic band equipment, and the song structures too.|
|A few band pictures:
So, what are you waiting for? It's all here, just waiting for you. You need not be a hard core surf instro guy like me to enjoy this book. Those songs that you have on reissue or bootleg compilations are here in their original form, with real facts and dates and more. If you are like me, you'll be in this book virtually every day about something, as I was with the Third Edition right up to the publication of this updated edition.
To call The Illustrated Discography Of Surf Music essential is an understatement, because it is so much more than a reference giude.
|Reasons you should buy this book:
Thank you John Blair!