In the six decades since rock ‘n’ roll stormed onto the American music scene, the single genre has produced more than 200 sub-genres. Now from music writer Ian King comes an authoritative handbook of these rock categories — “Appetite for Definition: An A-Z Guide to Rock Genres” is a must-read volume for music enthusiasts, new fans and rock aficionados alike. The guide will hit shelves on Nov. 6.
Part road map, part reference book and part cultural history, this essential read is a perfect companion for any rock lover’s collection, whether on vinyl or Spotify playlists. With a wealth of material, “Appetite for Definition” untangles the vast web of rock music into its many musical threads, illuminating their fascinating origins, human stories and interconnected histories.
The result is a rollicking, impressively researched and totally unique compendium. King also provides specific “if-you-like-this” recommendations, detailing artists with crossover appeal and songs that bridge the genre gap for each entry, so readers can expand their collection and find new favorites. With this guide, fans can navigate the complicated rock music landscape and the conversation around it, taking their knowledge, whether casual or obsessive, to the next level.
King is a music writer and publishing professional who has contributed to Nylon, Slice magazine, The Line of Best Fit, PopMatters and Vol. 1 Brooklyn, as well as other music media. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.
King will discuss “Appetite for Definition” at Greenlight Bookstore at 686 Fulton St. on Nov. 11.