Music: The Definitive Visual History

I wrote several sections of this fabulous illustrated guide, including Soul, Blues, Hawaiian Music, Rock’n’Roll, Rhythm & Blues,

Early Jazz, Ragtime, Elvis Presley and David Bowie.

Sounds Like London

I edited this fascinating and beautifully illustrated account of a century of black music in the capital. Written by

Lloyd Bradley, it was published by Serpent’s Tail in 2013.

 

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Rough Guide Book of Playlists

This entertaining grab-bag of oddities and obsessions includes lists compiled by Keith Richards and Elvis Costello. I contributed thirty or so of my own, from “Al Green” to “Chickens and Insects”.

Rough Guide to World Music vol 2

I wrote the chapter on Hawaiian music for

this massive multi-volume compendium of

music from all over the world.

Rough Guide to Soul and R&B

Editing this definitive large-format guide to soul music

and its many off-shoots was both a joy and an education.

Rough Guide to Elvis

I’ve always been a huge Elvis fan, so I loved editing

Paul Simpson’s excellent guide to the

King and all his mighty works.

Rough Guide to 100 Essential Blues CDs

A very personal selection of a hundred indispensable blues CDs, including critical reviews and biographies of all the artists. I’m currently working on a new digital edition.

Rough Guide to 100 Essential Reggae CDs

I’ve always been a huge reggae fan, but editing this expert

CD guide introduced me to a lot of great stuff I’d never heard.

Rough Guide to 100 Essential Rock CDs

Editing Al Spicer’s idiosyncratic, impassioned

guide to the best of rock was always going to be a blast.

Rough Guide to the Blues

I edited the whole of this comprehensive,

large-format guide to the blues.

all text © Greg Ward