Here again, the list Freeman recounts is somewhat subjective. Most of the groundbreaking, or otherwise essential releases of the past twenty-five years or so make the grade. Hip-hop is represented by Public Enemy, De La Soul, Eric B & Rakim, the Beastie Boys, and so forth. Elsewhere, everybody you'd expect from Nirvana to Wilco to Lucinda Williams to Radiohead to the Fugees to Tom Waits makes the cut.
But these sort of lists being what they are by their very nature, it is still nowhere near being complete. Where for example is Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska? Why is Johnny Cash's entire American Recordings series narrowed down to his single cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt"?
To be fair to the authors here (who I am assuming all contributed to the "Treasure Island" list), there is of course no way that a list denoting every important musical event since 1979 couldn't have come up at least a buck or two short. As is, I've yet to find a better representation of at least the modern rock period anywhere than in this book's "Treasure Island" chapter.
For students of rock journalism, especially in its more modern stripe, I would rate Marooned as an essential read. For those seeking only a quickie guide to some great music that crosses a variety of genres, you'd be likewise well served to point your iPods in the general vicinity of this book.
Oh, and feel free to leave your own list of DIDs in the comments section below.