Not one mention of any of Ronnie James Dio's bands?
Reviewed in the United States on 2 November 2021
While this book is informative and a fun read, the title 'Electric Wizards: A Tapestry of Heavy Music 1968 to the Present' implies that the list of formative bands would be more complete. "Tapestry" as a metaphor means 'an intricate or complex combination of things or sequence of events'.
Yes, one cannot include every band that some other author would have. However, egregious omissions abound.
While Link Wray, Blue Cheer, Cream, The Stooges, Grand Funk, KING CRIMSON, Amboy Dukes, Iron Butterfly, Parliament-Funkadelic, Throbbing Gristle, Nick Cave, Bad Brains, The Exploited (briefly and dismissively), Sonic Youth, SWANS, MELVINS, Extreme Noise Terror, Merzbow, Fred Durst, Guns N' Roses, and others are mentioned,
I would have liked to have seen JR Moores include:
Sir Lord Baltimore, MC5, Dust, Rainbow or RJD era Sabbath or DIO, VENOM, Discharge, G.B.H., Front 242, QUIET RIOT, The Misfits or Danzig, Carcass, Entombed, At The Gates, IN FLAMES, Mayhem, Mercyful Fate or KING DIAMOND, Rose Tattoo, Uriah Heep, and many others.
Sad that Judas Priest is barely mentioned at all & DEEP PURPLE is not mentioned at all WHILE Metallica and Lou Reed's "LULU" gets 3 1/2 pages. I would have also liked to have seen more bands from outside the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Australia. This is another book that is worthwhile, but highly incomplete.
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