By Ken Tucker
March 26, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

Encyclopedia Britannica Presents The British Invasion
britishinvasion.eb.com

It’s subtitled ”The Whole True Incredible Story!” and who’da thunk the staid Britannica would come up with such a groovy, happening site? Click on pics of ’60s acts like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who, and the Kinks, and get pithy, smartly critical essays on the subjects from quality-brand rock critics (Jim Miller on the Beatles and Jon Savage on the Kinks are particular standouts). You can hear the songs that made them famous, and click onto full discographies and bibliographies — why, it’s as if this stuff were worthy of scholarship! And, of course, it is (well, maybe not Freddie and the Dreamers — the most obscure bands are relegated to a roundup essay). The site’s also loaded with amusing features, such as a profile of Brit Invasion clothing designer Mary Quant, and you can send yer mates a custom e-mail postcard with a vintage picture of your fave rave. A

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