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The A to X of alternative music

Author: Steve Taylor
Publisher: London : Continuum ; New York : Continuum, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"What do AC/DC and Aphex Twin have in common? David Bowie and Butthole Surfers? The Clash and the Chemical Brothers? On the surface, very little. Yet they are all representative of the most important movement in modern music - Alternative." "What makes these acts alternative? And why do we care? The A to X of Alternative Music answers these questions. Based on a show on pioneering London-based radio station Xfm,
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Genre/Form: Dictionaries
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steve Taylor
ISBN: 0826482171 9780826482174 0826473962 9780826473967
OCLC Number: 224038339
Description: x, 308 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Steve Taylor.

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The A to X of Alternative Music is a survey of the most influential bands of the last 30 years. It covers those bands and artists who have rejected the mainstream in favour of innovation, originality  Read more...

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