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  1. I haven't seen a copy of this in years, but it's still the classic encyclopedia on gothic rock music. Personally, I differ with Mercer on a number of points (I still think Joy Division was a goth band, and on at least several albums, so were The Cure and Siouxsie), but I still like his breezy, playful style. He's one of those rare people who finds inventive ways to describe music without making a million comparisons (mostly obscure) or coming off as pretentious. Most of the bands covered were ac [...]

  2. This is a very good book to get if you're new to the goth scene and you want to become a good lil goth. It's also a good read if you're not a goth but are just curious about the bands and the scene, curiousity is a lovely little thing. It also has a lot of lovely pictures. Pictures are a good thing, right?

  3. This book is a great blast from the past. It's a fairly detailed encyclopedia of the Gothic rock scene throughout the 80's and early 90's by one of the journalists who covered it. Though fairly dated now( I think few of the bands covered exist anymore) Mercer does his surly sarcastic best to give an overview of the Goth scene, from the bands to the fans, writers, artists, showing where the scene had been and where it was going. I loved this book in 1992 and its still a great read today. Highly r [...]

  4. This is a very interesting book covering the history of Gothic rock. Like so many memorable genres of rock and dance music it always seems to make it's first appearance in England! lol!Most of the bands mentioned I do not recognize because part of it is because they are mainly bands that were concentrated in England with the exception of the super groups like The Cure and The Cult and more popular cult faves like Alien Sex Fiend , Sisters of Mercy and so on. Another part is generational. Most of [...]

  5. I found this book to be a delightful read. For anyone just casually interested in the topic or anyone knee deep into the gothic music scene, it's a great book to pick up.

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