Nice coverage of the history of concept albums The first chapter where the author makes his argument about how a concept album should be defined is the most interesting section The other chapters are written in quite a dry, factual style but there were still some great stories in there Overall a pretty enjoyable read. A well meaning but only perfunctory look at the major concept albums and several that aren t really concept albums at all A bit Wikipedia goes bookish Enjoyed this and got a lot of great suggestions for albums to check out I ve always been a sucker for a good concept album and Shute walks you chronologically through their development from early outlaw country sagas through prog towards metal and beyond I ordered a bunch of records I d never heard of off ebay so that s a pretty good recommendation right there. From golden era classics like Bowie and the Beatles to modern maestros such as The Streets and Gorillaz, this book tracks the rise of the concept album, its ups and downs and ultimately looks to the future of the art An informative and riveting narrative from start to finish.My own favorite parts were the classic bands like the Kinks, The Who, Pink Floyd and so on These are the groups you see the old rockumentaries about and reading about them, their stories of inspiration and motivation, an From golden era classics like Bowie and the Beatles to modern maestros such as The Streets and Gorillaz, this book tracks the rise of the concept album, its ups and downs and ultimately looks to the future of the art An informative and riveting narrative from start to finish.My own favorite parts were the classic bands like the Kinks, The Who, Pink Floyd and so on These are the groups you see the old rockumentaries about and reading about them, their stories of inspiration and motivation, and how they got there, is always a nice getaway to times gone by.It s a short read but a timely one, a good way to kill a few days on holiday and pick up some tidbits you may not have heard about the development is various music genres Give it a go This book is the first indepth, critical account of the concept album from its highest creative moments to its most pretentious, flailing abominations This work rediscovers the pre history of the form in folk and country music, before covering its rise to prominence during the era of psychedelia and prog It goes on to cover some of the most successful albums in the history of popular music, including The Beatles Sgt Pepper s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Who s Tommy, David Bowie s Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and Pink Floyd s The Wall The lean years of the concept album are also discussed, especially the eighties when it was kept alive within heavy metal, before being subtly resurrected by the alternative and hip hop artists of the nineties Now the concept album is back, with artists as varied as Green Day, Arcade Fire, Mastodon, and My Chemical Romance releasing conceptual work in the new millennium, as a way to keep the album format relevant in the digital era This book reveals the subtle currents that brought the concept album in and out of fashion, showing a new way to look at popular music over the last fifty years and unearthing some of the most ambitious and most bizarre musical projects ever conceived Its time to delve into the world of the concept album