At the beginning of the 21st century, 'The Book of Rock' pays tribute to those artist whose music has provided a sountrack for the growing pains of three generations. It is a gallery of 500 saints, sinners and martyrs of rock and pop history. Here democracy is everything: guitar heroes rub shoulders with tortured geniuses, and the flamboyant masters of showmanship receive the same treatment as reclusive poets. Together they provide a fresh, provocative guide to the icons of rock and pop, the most influential singers and musicians from around the globe. Now in a more easy-to-handle format, this new edition is fully updated with fantastic new, varied and talented acts from across the musical spectrum, including Eminem, The Strokes, The White Stripes, The Streets, David Gray, Avril Lavigne, The Darkness, Franz Ferdinand, Dido and Coldplay.