Martin C. Strong
Born 1960 (age 54–55)
Musselburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Occupation Music historian

Martin C. Strong (born 1960, Musselburgh) is a Scottish music historian known for compiling discographies of popular music including The Great Rock Discography. Strong has been described in broadsheet newspaper profiles as a "compiler of acclaimed mammoth discographies"[1] and "a man who knows more about rock music than is healthy for one individual".[2]

Career

Strong has researched music extensively since the early 1980s, dedicating 70 hours per week to his craft as of 2004.[3]

He is perhaps best known for The Great Rock Discography, with the 7th edition being published in 2004.[4] The book has garnered acclaim,[5] with United States music critic Robert Christgau recommending it as one of the three best rock music encyclopaedias, and the one with the "maddest completism".[6] Author Ian Rankin named it as one of the "5 Books Every Man Should Read", calling it "a great book" that "would keep [him] happy on any desert island".[7] It was re-released as The Essential Rock Discography, a condensed version, in 2006.[8]

Strong has also authored The Great Metal Discography (2 editions), The Great Psychedelic, The Great Alternative & Indie (2 volumes) and Lights, Camera, Soundtracks (with Brendon Griffin). Along with The Great/Essential Rock Discography – on which Griffin also worked sporadically[5] – these titles have been published by Canongate Books.[9] Mercat Press published a history of Scottish contemporary music, The Great Scots Musicography, in 2002.[10][11] Strong's final tomes were two volumes of The Great Folk Discography, published by Birlinn in 2010 and 2011; a third part of the trilogy, The Great Folk Discography: The Celtic Connections, has been shelved. He maintains the online resource, Great Rock Bible.

Aside from his books, Strong has written for The List,[12] Record Collector, Songlines, HMV Choice and the Rough Guides series.[5] He served as researcher for Jimmy Cliff's 2003 Anthology release.[13]

Personal life

Strong lives in Falkirk[3] and has three daughters.[14]

References

  1. ^ Gilchrist, Jim (22 November 2002). "Top of the pop Scots".  
  2. ^ Taylor, Alan (17 December 2000). "Disc man's latest hit of musical history".  
  3. ^ a b Jamieson, Teddy (9 October 2004). "Life lines".  
  4. ^ The Great Rock Discography at books-by-isbn.com
  5. ^ a b c "The Essential Rock Discography".  
  6. ^  
  7. ^ Budak, Bertan. "Ian Rankin: 5 Books Every Man Should Read".  
  8. ^ Guthrie, Sean (11 November 2006). "The Essential Rock Discography".  
  9. ^ Martin C. Strong at BookFinder.com
  10. ^ Johnstone, Doug (21 December 2002). "Delving into the valley of musical heritage".  
  11. ^ Kyle, Tom (24 January 2003). "Music Stars - Major and Minor: The Great Scots Musicography".  
  12. ^ "Articles by Martin C. Strong".  
  13. ^ "Anthology - Jimmy Cliff".  
  14. ^ "Martin C. Strong".  

External links

  • Great Rock Bible
  • FolkLib Index - Music Reference Books by Martin C. Strong

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