Envisioning a remarkable publication devoted to the rich culture of the band music genre in Bangladesh, the first Bangladeshi band encyclopedia titled “Banglar Rock Metal” is set to be unveiled at Baatighar, Bishwo Shahitto Kendro in the capital on Friday.
Written by journalist Haque Faruk and writer Milu Aman, the book contains not only a chronological history of the gradual development of the Bangladeshi band scene, but also the authentic profile of 180 bands along with their discography.
Based on their collective experiences of the authors as journalists and music writers over the past two decades, combined with nearly two years of relentless effort, “Banglar Rock Metal” would be the encyclopedia that band music enthusiasts had need, according to the book’s co-author. Haque Farouk.
Sharing the trip with UNB, Haque said he spent hours in the archives section of different libraries in addition to his usual job responsibilities as a full-time journalist. “It’s always been a dream project for us as band music enthusiasts, and we’ve worked passionately to polish this book from time to time.”
Haque informed that to write this book, the duo not only depended on existing secondary documents, but also recorded the story through the first-person narration of the living members of the group.
“To ensure the accurate presentation of the history of each group, we cross-checked information with all existing members and even former members of the groups who are still alive. We had to overcome obstacles to find and contact some of the musicians from the past who had been almost forgotten from the bands music scene and have been living in different parts of the world for decades now, yet we managed to document them thanks to their cordial cooperation.
Published by Aajob Prokash with a special poster, the cover of the book is designed by Niaz Ahmed Aungshu. Mustafiz Karigar did the typography for the cover, while essential graphics are done by Kousik Zaman.
Joy Shahriar, acclaimed musician and founder of Aajob Prokash, said, “Pre-orders are open until launch, but we have already started to receive an overwhelming response from the band’s music fans, and we hope the first copies of the book will be in stock soon, once the book is officially launched.”
‘Banglar Rock Metal’ can be pre-ordered through Aajob Prokash’s Facebook page at a discounted price. The printed price of this 450-page hardcover book, encyclopedia of the band, is 1000 Tk and available for pre-order on Rokomari dot com.