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Julian Cope's Copendium is his re-imagining of a useful canon of popular music, which is set to become required reading. Copendium comprises a collection of album reviews and themed track samplers that lay out an alternative history of the last six decades of popular music, written by the visionary musician, antiquarian and musicologist. The result is a feast of obscure and neglected masterworks; Krautrock, motorik and post-punk, stoner and doom metal, occasionally even jazz, spoken word and hair metal. Julian Cope is the perfect guide to this novel terrain: impeccably informed, passionate, insightful and deeply funny.