Thanksgiving 2012, I stopped by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame shop at Hopkins International Airport and found 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. I had to have it. I quickly found it ironic that the title issued a personal challenge, but had 96 contributors! With 96 opinions, the book covers a variety of music. Browsing over the index, there are popular bands overlooked while obscure bands are included. Some bands’ work are included, but it might not be what’s in your collection.
The book is broken up by decade beginning in 1956 and ending in 2010. I thought about skipping around, but I’ve only gotten three entries finished with that method. Do I start from the beginning and go from chronological order? I thought against that. In the 50s, 60s, and early 70’s, I’m going to be discovering most of this music for the first time. Mid 70s, I might be familiar with it to the 80s when I had an emotional relationship with the music, to being familiar with 90s to discovering the 2000s for the first time. Then I was tempted to do things like lump all of the Led Zepplin albums together because I loved them all and put together all of the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd because I don’t. That wouldn’t be right, or fair. I decided to take a recording each week alternating each decade so each week will be a different feel and hopefully not get stagnate.