Perhaps the most telling thing about this phone book-sized tribute to Blondie is that the book does not have an editor -- it has a compiler. An editor might have tried to make a nice, coherent work, but instead we have Metz's everything and the kitchen sink approach to his beloved subject. And beloved it is. If you are a fan of Blondie, this, as they say, is the book for you. Virtually every word published on the band in the last five years has found its way into this volume, from live and album reviews, interviews in guitar and drum magazines, to Debbie Harry's interview with Anita Pallenberg. Backing this up are a number of essays about the band, contextualising them in the seventies punk scene, the eighties new wave scene, and today. Most of these found their origin online, and while the love of the band shines through, don't look for Pulitzer prose. Additionally, despite the "Pictorial History" subtitle, there isn't much in the way of quality photography. While there are a number of excellent shots, the black and white and not-quite-focused reproduction lets down the photography. There are also far too many reunion pictures shot by fans on the 'No Exit' tours. (There is actually far too much reunion information all together.) Reprints of recent writing far outways reproductions of old articles, which would have strengthened the collection enormously. Blondie is treated throughout as history, as revered elder statesmen, and the book could have used more of the fire of their youth. Regardless, there will be something in here for any Blondie fan, if they can dare to try to sort through this massive tomb.