Essential classic rock

All Music Guide picks the best thousand.

All Music Guide Required Listening: Classic Rock
Various Editors

(Backbeat)

Best known for its invaluable website, All Music Guide predated the rise of the World Wide Web by several years, publishing cherished tomes in the early '90s the size of history textbooks — yes, a dog-eared copy can be found on my desk. This classic-rock guide, the first in AMG's new "required listening series," is compact enough to squeeze into your cargo shorts pocket, making it the ideal size for a trip to the beach — or bathroom. The judiciously chosen 1,000 album reviews mostly stick to the years 1967 to 1982. 4 stars

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