It is a rather violent project Jan Eggum and the people behind the newly released Norwegian pop and rock lexicon has folded over: To present the definitive alphabetized catalog of Norwegian popular music from 1905 to the present, with emphasis on rock and pop, but also with room for revue, shows, some jazz and classical. Nevertheless, there is an inviting, clear-cut and fancy one-tie encyclopedia available, and the imagery plays an elevated role in that regard. It has probably taken ten years to make this, so the result is probably a welcome among many, especially record collectors.
Like a notebook
First and foremost, this is useful as a reference for Norwegian music. Each article contains references or links to other artists or people mentioned elsewhere in the book, and you should pretty much be able to find what you are looking for. But flipping through this work is also like flipping through a memory book, where you both get a glimpse of artists you once digged (and which you would rather not admit or talk too much about), and insight into artists or releases that are reason to become more acquainted with.
By the way, it is useful that every article is equipped with the artist's discography (albeit limited to albums), although it is really a matter of course in a context like this.
This is not a book you actually read so carefully, and it probably is not. . .
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