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All-time: book "L'Odyssée du rock" (The odyssey of rock), 2005

This book was issued in 2005 and has been regularly updated since, but the edition I found was the 2005 one.

It was primarily written by Florent Mazzolenni, under direction by Gilles Verlan. The book is recommended by "Les Inrockuptibles".

At the end of the book is a list called "Introduction to an ideal discography". Here it is:

AC/DC - Highway to Hell
The Band - The Band
Alain Bashung - Fantaisie militaire
The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
The Beatles - Rubber Soul
The Beatles - Revolver
The Beatles - The Beatles (White Album)
Beck - Odelay
Big Star - Third
Can - Future Days
Chuck Berry - On Top
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Blondie - Parallel Lines
Blur - Parklife
David Bowie - Hunky Dory
David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
James Brown - Live At The Apollo
Jeff Buckley - Grace
Tim Buckley - Goodbye And Hello
The Buzzcocks - Another Music In A Different Kitchen
The Byrds - Notorious Byrd Brothers
Captain Beefheart - Clearspot
Johnny Cash - American III : Solitary Man
The Clash - London Calling
Leonard Cohen - Songs Of Leonard Cohen
Coldplay - Parachutes
Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True
The Cramps - Songs The Lord Taught Us
Cream - Disraeli Gears
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Cosmo's Factory
Crosby Stills Nash & Young - Déjà vu
The Cure - Seventeen Seconds
Deep Purple - In Rock
Bo Diddley - Have Guitar Will Travel
Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms
The Doors - The Doors
Lee Dorsey - Yes We Can
Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left
Bob Dylan - Blonde On Blonde
The Eagles - Hotel California
The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
Serge Gainsbourg - Histoire de Melody Nelson
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
The Go-Betweens - 16 Lovers Lane
Guns N'Roses - Appetite For Destruction
Johnny Hallyday - Les Rocks les plus terribles
Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
Eddie Hinton - Very Extremely Dangerous
Buddy Holly - Buddy Holly With The Chirping Crickets
The Jesus & Mary Chain - Psychocandy
Elton John - Honky Château
Janis Joplin - Pearl
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
The Kinks - Something Else By The Kinks
Kraftwerk - Computer World
Led Zeppelin - IV
John Lennon - Imagine
Little Richard - Here's Little Richard
Love - Forever Changes
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Catch A Fire
Massive Attack - Blue Lines
Paul McCartney & Wings - Band On The Run
Metallica - Metallica
Joni Mitchell - Blue
The Modern Lovers - The Modern Lovers
Van Morrison - Moondance
New York Dolls - New York Dolls
Nirvana - Nevermind
Noir Désir - Tostaky
Oasis - (What's The Story) Morning Glory
The Palace Brothers - There's No One What Will Take Care Of You
Pink Floyd - Ummagumma
Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon
Pixies - Doolittle
The Pogues - If I Should Fall From Grace With God
Police - Regatta De Blanc
Elvis Presley - From Elvis In Memphis
The Pretenders - The Pretenders
Prince - Sign O' The Times
Queen - A Night At The Opera
Radiohead - OK Computer
The Ramones - The Ramones
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magic
Otis Redding - Otis Blue
Lou Reed - Transformer
R.E.M. - Automatic For The People
The Rolling Stones - Aftermath
The Rolling Stones - Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out
The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
Roxy Music - For Your Pleasure
Santana - Abraxas
The Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks...
Paul Simon - Paul Simon
The Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness
Patti Smith - Horses
The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
The Specials - The Specials
Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
The Stooges - The Stooges
The Stray Cats - The Stray Cats
Suicide - Suicide
Talk Talk - Spirit Of Eden
The Talking Heads - Remain In Light
Téléphone - Crache Ton Venin
Television - Marquee Moon
T-Rex - Electric Warrior
U2 - The Joshua Tree
Various Artists - Woodstock
The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground And Nico
Weezer - Blue Album
The White Stripes - Elephant
The Who - Who's Next
Robert Wyatt - Rock Bottom
Neil Young - Harvest
Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention - Freak Out
The Zombies - Odessey & Oracle
ZZ Top - Tres Hombres

Often, "Rock"...

will be used an an all-encompassing umbrealla term (like it is in the Hall of Fame). But there are all pretty much rock (or what could b classifed as such).

Thanks for posting, whatever your name is. :)