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This is a listing of the various Encyclopedias that I have in my Pink Floyd reference library. Publishing information, including title, author, publisher, date published, ISBN number, page length, and a brief summary is provided about each book in an effort to aid anyone who wants to obtain copies of these works.
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- Pink Floyd
- The Pink Floyd Encyclopedia by Vernon Fitch
- Rock Music Encyclopedias
- The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock edited by Michael Heatley
- The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 4th Edition edited by Colin Larkin
- Encyclopedia of Rock by Phil Hardy and Dave Laing
- Encyclopedia of Rock Stars by Dafydd Rees and Luke Crampton
- Encyclopedia of Singles General Editor Paul Du Noyer
- Encyclopedia Walking - Pop Culture & the Alchemy of Rock `n' Roll by Jon Kanis
- The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock compiled by Nick Logan and Bob Woffinden
- The NME Book of Rock 2
- Rock Encyclopedia by Lillian Roxon
- The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll edited by Jon Pareles and Patricia Romanowski
- The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Rock Michael Heatley, editor
- VH1 Music First Rock Stars Encyclopedia by Dafydd Rees and Luke Crampton
- The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin
The Pink Floyd Encyclopedia
Author: Vernon Fitch
First edition: CG Publishing, November 1998, ISBN 1-896522-44-0, 456 pages, with 2 song Hawkwind tribute CD.
Second edition: CG Publishing, November 1999, ISBN 1-896522-44-0, 448 pages, with 2 song Hawkwind tribute CD.
Polish edition: KAGRA Publishing, 2002, ISBN 83-87598-73-9, 468 pages translated into Polish (no Hawkwind CD).
Third edition: CG Publishing, April 2005, ISBN 1-894959-24-8, 448 pages, with 3 song Hawkwind tribute CD.
Synopsis: An in-depth reference work by Vernon Fitch of The Pink Floyd Archives. This book includes the Pink Floyd Reference Encyclopedia, a listing of Pink Floyd and solo member concert dates, and a historical look at Pink Floyd's equipment throughout the years. Also included with the book is a special CD of Hawkwind performing the Pink Floyd song Interstellar Overdrive, plus two additional Pink Floyd tribute songs, commissioned exclusively for release with this book.
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Rock Music Encyclopedias
The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock
Editor: Michael Heatley
Publisher: Star Fire Publishing, U.K., 2007, ISBN 978-1-84451-996-5, 448 pages.
Synopsis: An encyclopedia of rock music bands and artists. Includes chapters on Roots, The Fifties, The Sixties (UK Rock, US Rock, Soul), The Seventies (Rock, Pop & Disco, Punk & New Wave), The Eighties, The Nineties, The Noughties, One-Hit Wonders, and The Instruments. Includes 4 pages on Pink Floyd in the chapter on The Seventies.
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 4th Edition
Editor: Colin Larkin
Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2006, U.S., ISBN 978-0-19-531373-4, ten volumes.
Synopsis: A ten volume encyclopedia of popular music. Includes musicians, producers, record companies, instruments, etc. Features entries for Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Richard Wright, Roger Waters, and hundreds of other Pink Floyd related people.
Encyclopedia of Rock
Authors: Phil Hardy and Dave Laing, with additional material by Stephen Barnard and Don Perretta
Publisher: Schirmer Books, 1988, U.S., hardcover, ISBN 0-02-919562-4, 480 pages.
Synopsis: An encyclopedia of rock with a focus on European performers. Includes a write up on Pink Floyd and a picture of the band from the Ummagumma period.
Encyclopedia of Rock Stars
Authors: Dafydd Rees and Luke Crampton
Publisher: DK Books, 1996, U.S., softcover, ISBN 0-7894-1263-2, 952 pages.
Synopsis: A large encyclopedia of rock stars with a chronological listing for each. Includes four pages on Pink Floyd with significant events listed for each year from 1965 through 1996.
Encyclopedia of Singles
Editor: General editor Paul Du Noyer
Publisher: Dempsey Parr, 1998, U.K., hardcover, ISBN 1-84084-032-3, 256 pages.
Synopsis: An encyclopedia of the 1,000 best-ever singles, according to a group of British music journalists. Reviews are written by various authors, including Philip Dodd, Paul Du Noyer, Dawn Eden, Eithne Farry, Michael Heatley, and Martin Noble. The book details record labels, writers, producers, release dates, chart positions, and features segments of published reviews from the time of the singles release. Includes the Pink Floyd singles See Emily Play, and Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2).
Encyclopedia Walking - Pop Culture & the Alchemy of Rock `n' Roll
Author: Jon Kanis
Publisher: Eyes of Da Vinci Publishing, 2014, U.S., softcover, ISBN 978-0-9906578-0-4, 478 pages.
Synopsis: A cololection of chapters on rock and roll events and artists. Chapter 29 is about The Wall album and stage shows.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock
Authors: Compiled by Nick Logan and Bob Woffinden of New Musical Express
Publisher: Harmony books, 1976, ISBN 0-517-52853-3, 256 pages.
Synopsis: An encyclopedia of rock bands with discographies. Includes an entry about Pink Floyd.
The NME Book of Rock 2
Publisher: Wyndham Publications, Inc., 1977, ISBN 0 352 39715 2, 553 pages.
Synopsis: An encyclopedia of rock by British music newspaper New Musical Express. Includes entries for Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett, with discography.
Author: Lillian Roxon
Publisher: Gosset & Dunlap, 1969, hardcover, 613 pages.
Synopsis: An early encyclopedia and discography of Rock and Roll bands including Pink Floyd.
The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll
Edotors: Jon Pareles and Patricia Romanowski
Publisher: Fireside Books, 1983, softcover, ISBN: 9 780671 440718, 615 pages.
Synopsis: An encyclopedia Rock and Roll. Includes biographies, discographies, group personnal, chronology, chart positions, grammy winners, gold and Platinum awards, photographs, definitions of musical terms and recording techniques, music industry facts and figures, and rock related phenomena. Features an entry for Pink Floyd.
The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Rock
Author: Michael Heatley, editor
Publisher: Harper Perennial, 1993, softcover, ISBN 0-06-273247-1, 352 pages.
Synopsis: A large rock encyclopedia with the origins of rock, an A to Z of rock, rock's all-time greats, rock's influence on fashion and lifestyles, top albums listed annually, and recording companies and labels. Includes a separate write up on Pink Floyd, a two page spread on The Wall with photos, a review of Piper at the Gates of Dawn, and a review of The Wall album.
VH1 Music First Rock Stars Encyclopedia
Authors: Dafydd Rees and Luke Crampton
Publisher: DK Publishing, U.S., 1999 revised edition, ISBN 0-7894-4613-8, 1103 pages.
Synopsis: A large encyclopedia of rock stars biographies. Includes four pages on Pink Floyd with release dates, historic events and interesting occurrences. Some errors with dates.
The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music
Author: Colin Larkin
Publisher: Virgin, 1997, hardcover, ISBN 1-85227-745-9, 1343 pages.
Synopsis: A large encyclopedia of popular bands and artists. Includes entries for both Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett.