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by Vernon Joynson
A detailed guide to US psychedelia, garage and hippie rock of the 1964-75 era. It provides an A-Z listing of relevant artists with discographies, personnel details, band histories, comment on the music and, in some cases, includes the personal recollections of band members. Individual entries also include details of reissues, appearances on retrospective compilations and chart entries. There is also a rarity scale for albums. At the end of the book there is a list of all compilations referred to with label details. At the time of publication it was the most comprehensive and detailed encyclopaedic guide of this era.
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Publication: August 1993
Q Magazine: ...this literally weighty work is primarily a discography of every half-decent, no, every quarter-decent garage, psychedelic or hippy band in America from 1964 to 1975.... Joynson has clobbered the competition with well-researched listings... [Sid Griffin]
Crohinga Well: ...without any doubt whatsoever the most impressive, most valuable, and most complete comprehensive guide ever made on the subject of the first era of psychedelic music in the USA.... The end result is a stunning reference work that outclasses all other literature in this field... [Marc Muijen]