Did the Boredoms Make The List?
Have you ever wondered if there was a compendium somewhere that chronicles style of music that rock, but you’re not familiar with, or even just a list of some little known musicians you’ve never heard of? Well, Tom Moon, a writer and music lover has spent a vast amount of time doing just that.
“For the last three and a half years, award-winning music journalist Tom Moon has been searching out peak musical experiences from all genres and every corner of the earth. 1000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die, published by Workman Publishing in August 2008, is the result of his journey. Covering both acknowledged world-culture masterworks (J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations) and recordings that have been unfairly overlooked (Nick Drake’s Five Leaves Left), the book is designed to encourage listeners to become explorers.
Its essays are arranged alphabetically, not by genre. Each entry contains suggestions for further listening within an artist’s catalog, as well as recommendations for similar or related recordings. In the back of the book are indexes that break out recordings by genre, and special “occasion” indexes containing playlist suggestions for various moods.”
Definitely worth a look if you’ve ever wondered how Bad Brains relates to punk and ska, or if you’ve always wondered what the heck “fusion” Jazz is.