Author Jeff Gold has written a coffee table book 101 Essential Rock Records, The Golden Age of Vinyl From the Beatles to The Sex Pistols. Yesterday I posted a link to the full list, which you can find here. The list is mostly a collection of classic rock albums, and as you might expect the comments section below the list is pretty entertaining. Last night Gold himself posted the following comment to offer up more info and defend his list/book:
"...The opening essay explains we're covering the most seminal rock (not blues, not R&B, not straight-ahead folk) albums from the era where album sales dominated--from Beatlemania through the emergence of the Walkman and the dominance of the cassette. It's arbitrary, but everything needs a beginning and end point and these are mine. Albums were chosen based on quality, originality and influence. As these criteria and what constitutes a rock album are completely subjective and I knew people would disagree, I'm just now finishing a website where people can argue with me and post their own lists. 101EssentialRecords.com will be ready next week"
Gold's book 101 Essential Rock Records, The Golden Age of Vinyl From the Beatles to The Sex Pistols arrives on hardcover on November 30th.