Chris Smith is a music journalist and professor of cultural critcism, U. British Columbia. His books include Inside New York, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Rock History: The Rise of Album Rock, an The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Rock History: From Arenas to the Underground.
"Well argued, Smith compiles a history of rock that is generally correct and identifies such important trends as the fertile interplay between the Beatles and Dylan, the transmogrification of communal '60s folk-rock into me-only '70s signer-songwriter and the punk's reaction against hippy hypocrisy and pompous arena rock."--Express Milwaukee "Smith's diverting book is an upmarket version of the best-of lists that rock fans love to argue over."--Financial Times