From Ray Charles to Joni Mitchell to Nirvana, rock music has been an undeniable force in both reflecting and shaping our cultural landscape. "Icons of Rock" offers a vivid overview of rock's pervasive role in contemporary society by profiling the lives and work of the music's most legendary artists. This illustrated two-volume set provides extensive biographies of the 24 greatest rock n' rollers of all time, examining their influences, innovations, and impact in a critical and historical perspective. Entries explore the issues, trends, and movements that defined the cultural and social climate of the artists' music. Sidebars spotlight the many iconic elements associated with rock, such as the concert t-shirt, the electric guitar, and the tattoo. Providing a wealth of information on the icons, culture, and mythology of America's most beloved music, this bio-graphical encyclopedia will serve as an invaluable resource for students and music fans alike.