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Music Books – General

So many great publications and so little time!  Adding many rock/pop/r&b books on an ongoing basis – listed chronologically

1972 Rock and Roll Books

It’s Too Late to Stop Now – A Rock and Roll Journal – Jon Landau


1979 Rock and Roll Books

Just Around Midnight Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination – Jack Hamilton

“When Jimi Hendrix died, the idea of a black man playing lead guitar in a rock band seemed exotic. Yet ten years earlier, Chuck Berry had stood among the most influential rock and roll performers. Why did rock and roll become white? Jack Hamilton challenges the racial categories that distort standard histories of rock music and the 60s revolution.”


1982 Rock and Roll Books

Surf’s Up – The Beach Boys on Record 1961-1981


1983 Rock and Roll Books

South to Louisiana – The Music of the Cajun Bayous – John Broven

“It’s a great book-informative, funny, thoroughly entertaining, but most important of all it is an absolutely ESSENTIAL reference work for anyone who’s interested in one of America’s last great overlooked ethnic musics.” -Houston Post “From the author of the best book ever written on New Orleans R & B, Rhythm and Blues in New Orleans, we now have the only book ever to be devoted to the music of southern Louisiana, a book that will probably never be equaled, let alone bettered.”


1984 Rock and Roll Books

Rock Archives – Michael Ochs


1988 Rock and Roll Books

Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung: The Work of a Legendary Critic: Rock’n’roll as Literature and Literature as Rock ‘N’roll – Lester Bangs

“Vintage presents the paperback edition of the wild and brilliant writings of Lester Bangs–the most outrageous and popular rock critic of the 1970s–edited and with an introduction by the reigning dean of rack critics, Greil Marcus. Advertising in Rolling Stone and other major publications.”



1990 Rock and Roll Books

Psychotic Reactions And Carburetor Dung – Lester Bangs


1991 Rock and Roll Books

Stone Alone – The Story of a Rock ‘n’ Roll Band – Bill Wyman & Ray Coleman

“For 25 years Bill Wyman has been “the silent Stone”, the quiet bass player in the “World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band”. This autobiography-of-a-band is a note-by-note rendition of the Stones’ tumultuous early years, based on Wyman’s own meticulously kept diaries. 32 pages of photographs.”


Crosstown Traffic: Jimi Hendrix and the Post-War Rock’n’Roll Revolution – Charles Shaar Murray

“Called by Entertainment Weekly “The best book on Hendrix”, Crosstown Traffic rode their A-list for over two months and won the prestigious Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award. Roots-savvy British critic Charles Shaar Murray assesses the lifework of guitarist Jimi Hendrix in the context of black musical tradition, social history, and the upheaval of the 1960’s”



The Worst Rock and Roll Records – Jimmy Guterman & Owen O’Donnell

“Anyone who really loves rock and roll has a taste for the ridiculous as well as the sublime. Here is the first book that explores rock’s soft white underbelly. And the results are hilarious, outrageous… and highly informative. For through its analysis of the boring, silly, and truly bad sides of rock and roll, a revisionist history of rock and roll emerges…”


1992 Rock & Roll Books

Janis Joplin – Buried Alive – Myra Friedman

The bestselling book that set the record straight about the most famous woman singer in rock history is back. This updated edition puts Joplin’s life and music into perspective for a new generation of fans. “One of the best books about a rock figure. . . “.–Rolling Stone. 16-page photo insert.



The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll: The Definitive History of the Most Important Artists and Their Music – Anthony DeCurtis, Rolling Stone Magazine & James Henke

“Here is the ultimate illustrated history of rock & roll–the most important artists and their music, fully revised and updated for the 1990s. Here are eye-opening portraits and critical assessments of Elvis and Chuck Berry, the Beatles and the Stones, Michael Jackson and Madonna. Discographies on every important performer.”


1993 Rock & Roll Books

Pearl – The Obsessions & Passions of Janis Joplin – Ellis Amburn

“To those who knew and loved her, she was Pearl. To an enthralled generation of youth, she was Janis Joplin, the first rock superstar of the ’60s–locked into a doomed search for satisfaction. Pearl gives readers the real Janis, including never-before-known facts about her death. 16 pages of rare photos.”


1994 Rock & Roll Books

Summer of Love: The Inside Story of LSD, Rock & Roll, Free Love and High Times – Joel Selvin

“Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll” was the rallying cry for a movement in the late ’60s and early ’70s that changed American culture forever. Drawing on more than 200 interviews with all the major players, including Jerry Garcia, Grace Slick, Steve Miller, and David Crosby, Selvin has assembled the first complete history of the era–a virtual “Psychedelic Babylon”


Dissonant Identities: The Rock N Roll Scene in Austin, Texas – Barry Shank

“A fascinating analysis of the music scene in Austin, Texas”


Hollywood Rock: A Guide to Rock ‘n’ Roll in the Movies – Marshall Crenshaw


The Sex Revolts: Gender, Rebellion, and Rock ‘n’ Roll – Simon Reynolds

“This study analyzes song lyrics to describe how women have traditionally been depicted in rock ‘n’ roll. The authors argue that male songwriters have either exploited or worshipped women, and that these perceptions will only change when women take control and write the words themselves.”


1995 Rock and Roll Books

The Grand Ole Opry – History of Country Music by Paul Kingsbury: Published by Opryland USA Inc., 1995 (258 pages) – Another pictorial and historical treat focusing on all of the pioneers up through the country progression – Kingsbury documents many of the early country radio shows from around the country beyond the Opry.


1996 Rock and Roll Books

Kaleidoscope Eyes – Psychedelic Rock from the 60’s to the 90’s – Derogatis

“What began as a musical attempt to recreate the hallucinogenic experience of rock music has evolved into an ambitious approach to rock ‘n roll that continues to expand the boundaries of music. More than just a sound, psychedelic rock is a philosophy, a way of creating the “cinematic music of the imagination”. Whether readers were present at Ken Kesey’s acid trips, or cut their musical teeth on Sonic Youth, this book will be provocative and fascinating reading. Photos.”


Stranded: Rock and Roll for a Desert Island – Greil Marcus


Country: The Twisted Roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll – Nick Tosches

“Celebrating the dark origins of our most American music, Country reveals a wild shadowland of history that encompasses blackface minstrels and yodeling cowboys; honky-tonk hell and rockabilly heaven;”


1997 Rock and Roll Books

The Mansion on the Hill: Dylan, Young, Geffen, Springsteen and the Head-on Collision of Rock and Commerce – Fred Goodman

“This hard-nosed history of the rock-music business concentrates particularly on the rise of the manipulative, calculating and utterly ruthless, billionaire music business Svengali, David Geffen.”


Not Fade Away – Jim Marshall

“The world’s premier music photographer takes us on an electrifying journey through rock history–from the early 1960s to the present. “Not Fade Away” collects the best of Jim Marshall’s photography for the first time–and offers a visual history unprecedented in its intimacy, immediacy, and impact.”


1998 Rock & Roll Books

Grown Up All Wrong: 75 Great Rock and Pop Artists from Vaudeville to Techno – Robert Christgau

“Two generations of American music lovers have grown up listening with Robert Christgau, attuned to his inimitable blend of judgment, acuity, passion, erudition, wit, and “caveat emptor.” His writings, collected here, constitute a virtual encyclopedia of popular music over the past fifty years.”


Night Beat – Mikal Gilmore

‘A definitive collection of profiles, cultural commentary, and reviews from a 20-year career in rock criticism, by the author of “Shot in the Heart”. “A refreshingly inclusive arc of rock history . . . consistently provocative”.–“Kirkus Reviews”.


Just My Soul Responding: Rhythm & Blues, Black Consciousness – Brian Ward

“This richly textured study of some of the most important music and complex political events in America since World War II challenges the belief that white consumption of black music helped reduce racial prejudice. Historian Brian Ward explores the relationship between Rhythm and Blues, black consciousness, and race relations…


Land of a Thousand Dances: Chicano Rock ‘n’ Roll from Southern California – David Reyes & Tom Waldman

“Reyes and Waldman tell the stories of Chicano rock music in Southern California and the musicians who continue to make pop music with a Latin beat.”



Unknown Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll: Play Guitar with Happy Traum – Richie Unterberger

“This entertaining book and companion audio CD provide detailed histories of 60 unrecognized pioneers, cult artists, and little-known greats in rock history who made invaluable yet largely overlooked contributions to many styles of rock”


1999 Rock & Roll Books

In the Fascist Bathroom – Punk in Pop Music – Greil Marcus

“Was punk just another moment in music history, a flash in time when a group of young rebels exploded in a fury of raw sound? Greil Marcus delves into the afterlife of punk as a much richer phenomenon – a form of artistic and social rebellion that continually erupts into popular culture. In more than 70 short pieces written over 15 years, Marcus traces the uncompromising strands of punk from Johnny Rotten to Elvis Costello, Sonic Youth, and even Bruce Springsteen.”



Flowers in the Dustbin: The Rise of Rock and Roll, 1947-1977 – James Miller

“Richly anecdotal and always provocative, this sharp, insightful, opinionated book explores the rise–and arrested development–of rock and roll over the last half century.”


Unsung Heroes of Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Birth of Rock in the Wild Years Before Elvis – Nick Tosches

“The author of “Country” now offers a paean to a forsaken time of relentless excess, sudden ruin, and fierce music–the days of rock ‘n’ roll, long before Elvis came on the scene. 42 illustrations.”


Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-And-Rock-N-Roll Generation Saved Hollywood – Peter Biskind

“Based on hundreds of interviews with directors, producers, stars, studio executives, writers, spouses, ex-spouses, and girlfriends, this book tells the full story of the crazy world of the “Directors’ Decade”, one of the most exhilarating periods in film making history.”


Feel Like Going Home: Portraits in Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll – Peter Guralnick

“This is the first volume of Guralnick’s trilogy on American music. It gives vivid portraits of blues legends like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf and also of the Memphis giants – Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich and the Sun record label. The other volumes on this trilogy include “Sweet Soul Music” and “Lost Highway”


Voice Over – William Barlow

“In “Voice Over”, a celebration and history, William Barlow explores the entire landscape of black radio from the early days–when the white public accepted the black-face buffoonery of “The Amos and Andy Show” and “Beluh” as a fair depiction of African-American life–to the rise of personality jocks and the contemporary scene of corporate buyouts.”


The Classic Rock & Roll Reader, William E. Studwell, David Lonergan

“The Classic Rock and Roll Reader: Rock Music from Its Beginnings to the Mid-1970s is chock full of entertaining essays to inform and delight you about an era that shaped our culture and future musical trends.”


2000 Rock & Roll Books

Let It Blurt – The Life and Times of Lester Bangs America’s Greatest Rock Critic – Jim Derogatis

“This raucous and thoroughly researched biography on Lester Bangs (1949-1982)–the gonzo journalist, gutter poet, and romantic visionary of rock writing–is also a window on rock culture in its most turbulent, creative years. Includes Bangs’ never-before-published piece, “How to Be a Rock Critic.”


Scars of Sweet Paradise – The Life and Times of Janis Joplin – Alice Echols

“The undisputed queen of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll was also the voice of a generation who, when she overdosed on heroin at the age of twenty-seven in October 1970; became the posthumous icon of bad girl femininity for millions around the world. Drawing on hundreds of interviews Echols renders Joplin in all her complexity, revealing how this sweet-voiced girl from Texas recreated herself, first as a gravely-voiced bluesy folksinger, and then as rock n’ roll’s first female superstar. Echols examines the roots of her musicianship and her efforts to probe the outer limits of life; declaring herself the first white-black person and pursuing sex with men and women alike. Moving from the electric ballrooms of San Francisco to the mud-soaked fields of Woodstock, Joplin’s story is also a chronicle of the revolutions of the sixties – a generation’s experiment with high-risk living and the exacting price they ultimately paid for this. Written in a captivating novel-like style this is a deeply affecting biography of one of America’s most talented, tormented and enduring stars.”



Goin’ Back to Memphis: A Century of Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Glorious Soul – James L. Dickerson

“Goin’ Back to Memphis is an engaging survey of the town and its characters”


Anti-Rock: The Opposition to Rock ‘n’ Roll – Linda Martin

“The authors document the numerous attempts to ban or censor rock music, and dramatically show how it has been blamed for everything from anarchy and juvenile delinquency to drugs, deafness, teen pregnancy, suicide, abortion, pornography, and even murder. Here is the complete history of that “sick, repulsive, horrible, and dangerous” music as seen.”


God, Guns & Rock and Roll – Ted Nugent

“Rock and roll legend Ted Nugent shares his “Warrior Spirit” and contends that a lot of what is wrong with this country could be remedied by a simple but controversial concept: gun ownership. Nugent says that our choice is whether we want to be a nation of passive victims or responsible men and women who defend our rights and the safety of our communities.”


2001 Rock & Roll Books

Rip It Up!: Rock and Roll Rulebreakers – Denise Sullivan

“Blending personal insight with recent firsthand interviews, this book is a tribute to rock and roll anarchists–such as Ike Turner, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, The Kinks, Talking Heads, and Elvis Costello–who ignited generations of musicians and fans. 40 photos”


Rock ‘n’ Roll Jews – Professor Michael Billig

“A disciplined study that reveals the many contributions of Jews throughout the history of rock ‘n’ roll.”


Inside the Hits: The Seduction of a Rock and Roll Generation – Wayne Wadhams

“How does a song become more than words and music to represent or influence the voice of a generation? Inside the Hits dissects more than 60 of the most powerful and memorable hit songs since the birth of rock and roll to reveal the roots of their success. Author Wayne Wadhams examines the key ingredients that made the songs work”



2002 Rock & Roll Books

She’s a Rebel: The Histroy of Women in Rock and Roll – Gillian G. Gaar

“Gaar’s critically acclaimed, breakthrough book became an instant classic upon its publication in 1992. Arranged chronologically and told with impassioned detail, “She’s A Rebel” charts a half century of women performers.”


Sonic Cool: The Life & Death of Rock’n’roll – Joe Harrington

“In the tradition of Nick Tosches, Tom Wolfe and Lester Bangs comes an epic and riveting history of rock and roll that reads like a novel. Sonic Cool presents the saga of rock and roll as the closest thing we have to genuine “myth” in the modern world, and it is the first book about rock to be written in the spirit of rock.”


Rock and Roll Doctor: The Music of Lowell George and Little Feat – Mark Brend

“Best known as founder, lead singer, and guitarist for Little Feat, Lowell George’s creative vision drove the critically acclaimed band. With photographs and based on interviews with fellow musicians, friends, and family, “Rock and Roll Doctor” explores the musical legacy of one of the most eclectic musician-producers of the 1970’s”


Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia: A Rollicking Ride Through the Glory Days of Rock ‘n’ Roll – Michael Harling

“What was the Beach Boys’ original name? (The Pendletones, after a popular shirt manufacturer.) Who performed first at the famed Woodstock festival: Joan Baez, Country Joe & the Fish, Arlo Guthrie, or Richie Havens? (Havens.) You’ll want to rock around the clock with nearly 200 fabulous, fun trivia questions about classic rock’s most unforgettable.”


Guitar Towns: A Journey to the Crossroads of Rock ‘n’ Roll – Randy McNutt

“Randy McNutt s passion for music comes through loud and clear on every page.” George Thorogood Everyone knows the importance of Nashville, New York, LA, and Chicago to popular music, but what about Norfolk and Bakersfield? When recording was more art than commerce, regional music centers flourished.”


Every Sound There Is: The Beatles’ Revolver and the Transformation of Rock and Roll – Russell Reising

“Revolver and the Transformation of Rock and Roll assesses and celebrates the Beatles’ accomplishment in their 1966 masterpiece. The essays of Every Sound There Is examine Revolver from a large number of complementary starting points that help us to understand both the album’s contemporary creation and reception and the…”


Turn! Turn! Turn~ – The 60’s Folk Rock Revolution by Ritchie Unterberger: Published by Backbeat Books 2002 (304 pages)


2003 Rock and Roll Books

Turn On Your Mind – Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock – Jim DeRegatis

“A history and critical examination of rock’s most inventive genre.”


A Misfit’s Manifesto: The Spiritual Journey of a Rock & Roll Heart – Donna Gaines

“Gaines is a self-described “bourbon-guzzling, pill-popping, penis-addicted, workaholic, tattooed Jew” with a Ph.D. and a pistol permit. “A Misfit’s Manifesto” is about living with the contradictions. This is how she did it, and found God in all the unlikely places–like Ramones songs.”


Strum and Drang: Great Moments in Rock ‘n’ Roll – Joel Orff

“Everyone has at least one Rock and Roll Memory. For three years Joel Orff collected these stories and illustrated them.”


Sid Vicious: Rock n Roll Star – Malcolm Butt

“No one embodied the Sex Pistols raw, anarchic excesses like bassist Sid Vicious. Told from an insider’s perspective, “Sid Vicious: Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” covers the brief life of punk’s original poster boy including everything from Vicious’s lowly beginning as the only child of a drug-addicted parent to his obsession with violence and the notorious death”


Faith, God and Rock & Roll – Mark Joseph

“God rocks! At least for an ever-increasing number of the global population. With the present unstable and the future uncertain, fans are reassessing their lives. One area in which this reassessment is manifesting itself is popular music. Faith-based rock no longer need be associated with evangelical “happy clappers”


Star Man: The Right Hand Man of Rock ‘n’ Roll – Michael Francis

Life changed for Michael Francis at the age of 21 when Paul McCartney walked into his father’s boxing gym to watch his friend John Conteh preparing for a fight. Paul hired Michael as his security guard, beginning a thirty-year music business career in which he worked with such legendary names as Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, The Osmonds….”


2004 Rock and Roll Books

Fever: How Rock ‘n’ Roll Transformed Gender in America – Tim Riley

“Riley takes an insightful look at how rock and roll has changed the way men and women think about themselves–and each other.”


Dylan and Cohen: Poets of Rock and Roll – David Boucher

“Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen are widely acknowledged as the great pop poets of the 1960s, transforming the popular song into a medium for questionng the personal, social, and political norms of their times. They emerged at a time when the music industry was transforming the revolutionary sound of black music into something bland, homogeneous….”


Take a Walk on the Dark Side: Rock and Roll Myths, Legends, and Curses – R. Gary Patterson

“Patterson uncovers some of rock and roll’s most celebrated unsolved murders, tragic deaths, bizarre twists of irony, and decades-long streaks of bad luck that defied rational explanation.”



Rock & Roll War Stories – Gordon G. Gebert and Lynn Ramage

“Gordon G. G. Gebert has the incredible proclivity of drawing in and entertaining every reader. We look forward to many entertaining books in the future from this incredibly witty, clever entertainer.”


Hippie by Barry Miles: Published by Sterling Publishing Co., 2004 (384 pages) – A magical pictorial and historical trip back to San Francisco primarily from 1965 through 1971.   People love to say “If you remember the 60’s then you weren’t there” but yet so many remember so much as this documentary testifies.



2005 Rock and Roll Books


Grit, Noise & Revolution – David Carson

“A narrative history of the birth of rock ‘n’ roll in Detroit”


Graceland’s Table – Recipes and Meal Memories Fit for the King of Rock and Roll – Ellen Rogers & Morty Stuart

“The 175 recipes inGraceland s Tablecome from two sources: EPE s archives of Elvis s favorite recipes and Elvis s fans. Fans submitted a recipe they would have liked to cook for Elvis should they have been invited to Graceland for a meal and explained the reason for their choice.”


Mojo Triangle: Birthplace of Country, Blues, Jazz and Rock ‘n’ Roll – James L. Dickerson

“Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Muscle Shoals, Mississippi Delta”


2006 Rock and Roll Books

The True Story of Oklahoma’s Fabulous Flaming Lips – Jim Derogatis

“This work follows the Lips through the thriving indie-rock underground of the 1980s and the alternative rock movement of the early ’90s, during which they found fans in such rock legends as Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, and Robert Plant.”


Like a Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan at the Crossroads – Greil Marcus

“The preeminent musicologist and prolific author presents a rhapsodic appreciation of his and Bob Dylan’s favorite song–one that defined an era but has, remained timeless in its originality and power.”


He’s A Rebel – Phil Spector – Rock & Roll’s Legendary Producer – Mark Ribowski

“The definitive biography of legendary producer Phil Spector, now updated through Spector’s upcoming murder trial and its verdict


Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock-And-Roll’s Legendary Neighborhood – Michael Walker

“A veteran journalist tells the inside story of the Laurel Canyon music scene of the ’60s and ’70s, an unprecedented gathering of some of the baby boom’s leading musical lights who forever changed the way popular music is recorded, marketed, and consumed…”



Rock ‘n’ Roll: A New Play

“Rock ‘n’ Roll” is an electrifying collision of the romantic and the revolutionary. It is 1968 and the world is ablaze with rebellion, accompanied by a sound track of the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. Clutching his prized collection of rock albums, Jan, a Cambridge graduate student, returns to his homeland of Czechoslovakia just as Soviet tanks roll into Prague…”


Led Zeppelin Crashed Here: The Rock and Roll Landmarks of North America – Chris Epting

“Journey through America’s rich rock ‘n’ roll history with the musical landmarks detailed in this extensive collection. Nearly 600 locations, including birthplaces, concert locales, hotel rooms, and graves, are neatly compiled and paired with historical tidbits, trivia, photographs, and backstage lore.”


2007 Rock and Roll Books

Sounds Like Teen Spirit: Stolen Melodies, Ripped-Off Riffs, and the Secret History of Rock and Roll – Tim English

“Sounds LIke Teen Spirit is the first book ever on songs that appear to have “borrrowed” their melodies from earlier songs. Readers will experience many “aha!” moments when they discover the sources of their favorite songs…”



Shout, Sister, Shout! – The Untold Story of Rock and Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Gayle Wald



“The Lost Beach Boy – The True Story of David Marks, One of the Founding Members of the Beach Boys” –  by Jon Stebbens with David Marks (2007)


2008 Rock and Roll Books

Bumping Into Geniuses: My Life Inside the Rock and Roll Business – Danny Goldberg

“A giant of the music industry grants an all-access pass to the world of rock and roll, with mesmerizing stories of 35 years spent working with legends from Led Zeppelin to Stevie Nicks to Nirvana.”


Rock and Roll All Nite: The Music of Kiss – Julian Gill

“A revamped 2012 printing of the “KISS & Related Recordings Focus.” Originally debuting as a feature on the KISSFAQ website, this unofficial & unsanctioned work is a companion book to the “KISS Album Focus” trilogy. It delves specifically into the recording history of KISS, and the associated past members, on a song-by-song basis…”


Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion, Rock ‘n’ Roll – Sarfraz Manzoor

“Sarfraz Manzoor was two years old when his family emigrated from Pakistan to join his father in Bury Park, Luton. His teenage years were a constant battle to reconcile being both British and Muslim. But when his best friend introduced him to Bruce Springsteen, his life changed for ever. In this affectionate and timely memoir…”


Rock and Roll Cage Match: Music’s Greatest Rivalries, Decided – Sean Manning

“Well-known music journalists, cultural critics, humorists, and musicians render their verdict on the legendary and soon-to-be legendary rivalries of rock.”


Fuck You: Rock and Roll Portraits – Neil Zlozower

“For more than 30 years legendary music photographer Neil Zlozower has shot a who’s-who of rock and metal titans. When the session demands Neil has been known to yell “Give me some fucking attitude!” The go-to gesture in the next photo frame is nearly always the rocker giving Neil the finger…”


The History of Texas Music – Dr. Gary Hartman

“The richly diverse ethnic heritage of the Lone Star State has brought to the Southwest a remarkable array of rhythms, instruments, and musical styles that have blended here in unique ways and, in turn, have helped shape the music of the nation and the world. Historian Gary Hartman writes knowingly and lovingly of the Lone Star State’s musical traditions..”


So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star: The Byrds Day-By-Day 1965-1973 – Christopher Hjort

“In 1965, the Byrds had a worldwide smash with “Mr. Tambourine Man,” hung out with the Beatles, undertook a disastrous tour of Great Britain, and capped the year with a second U.S. hit, “Turn! Turn! Turn!” In 1972, the original lineup reunited for recording purposes, while a different touring Byrds played a final concert in February 1973″


2009 Rock and Roll Books

The Velvet Underground – An Illustrated History of A Walk on the Wild Side – Jim Derogatis

“The first illustrated inside look at the band often cited as the most influential of the late 60s–by Patti Smith, Talking Heads, Sex Pistols, R.E.M., and U2, among others.”


Escape from Bellevue: A Memoir of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Recovery, and Redemption – Christopher John Campion

“Indie rock raconteur Campion–one of the few patients ever to escape from Bellevue’s locked ward–recalls his band’s tumultuous ride, his plummet into addiction, and the strange road back to sobriety.”


Rock ‘n’ Roll Soldier: A Memoir – Dean Ellis Kohler Susan Vanhecke

“During a time when none of us knew for sure if we would live or die, I came to know the true power of music.” Dean Kohler is about to make it big he’s finally scored a national record deal! But his dreams are abruptly put on hold by the arrival of his draft notice. Now he’s in Qui Nhon, Vietnam, serving as a military policeman.”


Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present – Professor Gail Buckland

“and magic of rock and roll. This work explores the photographs and the photographers who captured rock’s message of freedom and personal reinvention.”


Rock and Roll Heaven Entrance Exam – Gary Patterson Guthrie

“The most genre-bending, rigorous, comprehensive music trivia book to date! More than 750 puzzlers where the questions fascinate and the answers illuminate and give the interesting stories behind the questions. Designed for the Baby Boomer, the Classic Rock or Oldies Music Fan, and the curious Useless Information hound,…”


Taking Aim: Unforgettable Rock ‘n’ Roll Photographs – Graham Nash

“This handsome volume features vibrant photographs of some of the world’s most recognizable musicians, selected by Graham Nash, an internationally acclaimed artist of two mediaphotography and music who is uniquely qualified in both worlds. Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, and Johnny Cash share pages with Kurt Cobain, Sting, Michael…”


What Would Keith Richards Do?: Daily Affirmations from a Rock ‘n’ Roll Survivor – Jessica Pallington West

“For the legions of Rolling Stones fans comes this collection of timeless wisdom and spiritual beliefs inspired by one of the world’s great survivors–Keith Richards.”


Hollywood Rocks!: The Ultimate Guide to the 1980’s Hollywood, California Rock-N-Roll Music Scene – Rocchio, Splat, Toon


The Stones in the Park: The Summer of ’69 and the Making of the Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World – Richard Havers

“For the Rolling Stones everything changed in the summer of ’69. They were no longer the blues band that Brian Jones had put together in 1962; they had stopped being a pop band and had hardly performed on stage since 1967 – and it was live that the Stones always excelled. Drug busts, fall-outs, at least one album that failed to live up to expectations and…”


Rock & Roll Jihad: A Muslim Rock Star’s Revolution – Dr. Salman Ahmad

“Ahmad, a Pakistani doctor, Muslim rock star, and United Nations ambassador, details his journey to unite the Western world and Islam through music”


By the Time We Got to Woodstock the Great Rock N’ Roll Revolution of 1969 – Bruce Pollock

“A fast-paced, fun, and sometimes brutal look at America’s most volatile and creative year in music 1969: a time of euphoria and devastation, freedom and assassination, revolution and retribution, moonwalks and sit-ins, love-ins and race riots, sex, drugs, and guns. Idyllic college campuses became killing fields and inner cities went up in flames as the…”


“When We Get to Surf City – A Journey Through America in Pursuit of Rock and Roll, Friendship and Dreams” by Bob Greene (2009)



2010 Rock and Roll Books

Listening to Van Morrison – When That Rough God Goes Riding – Greil Marcus

“This book is a quest to understand Van Morrison’s particular genius through a close look at the most extraordinary and unclassifiable moments in his long career, beginning in 1965 and continuing in full force to this day: sometimes entire songs, sometimes single words or even the guttural spaces between words that become musical events in themselves.”


Smart Ass – The Music Journalism of Joel Selvin


Janis Joplin – Rise Up Singing – Ann Angel

“Forty years after her death, Janis Joplin remains among the most compelling and influential figures in rock history. Her story is one of a girl who struggled against rules and limitations, yet worked diligently to improve as a singer.”


Fall to Pieces: A Memoir of Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Mental Illness – Mary Forsberg Weiland and Larkin Warren

“From Weiland–model, mother, ex-wife of Stone Temple Pilots’ frontman Scott Weiland, and recovering drug addict–comes a visceral, roller-coaster ride inside bipolar disorder, celebrity culture, and the competitive world of modeling.”


The Golden Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll – Richard Havers and Richard Evans

“This book comes with a CD and is a brilliant combination of music and a highly illustrated history of the early years of Rock ‘n’ Roll told through the stories behind the songs and the artists.”


Max’s Kansas City: Art, Glamour, Rock and Roll – Steven Kasher

“Published in conjunction with an exhibition at Steven Kasher Gallery”


The Ship That Rocked the World: How Radio Caroline Defied the Establishment, Launched the British Invasion and Made the Planet Safe for Rock and Roll – Tom Lodge

“Did you ever wonder why so much fantastic music started coming out of Britain in the 60s? Pirates did it. That’s right, Pirates. The story of how they did it seems unbelievable, but it really happened, and it completely altered the course of rock and roll. Talent alone was not enough to break through the rigid broadcasting system that filtered anything it deemed..”


So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star: How I Machine-Gunned a Roomful of Record Executives and Other True Tales from a Drummer’s Life – Jacob Slichter

“This perfect guide to the inner workings of the music industry and instant celebrity is a hysterical and witty look at what happens just before and during one’s 15 minutes of fame.”


All Access: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Photography of Ken Regan – Ken Regan, Jim Jerome


Break It Up: Patti Smith’s Horses and the Remaking of Rock ‘n’ Roll – Mark Paytress

“The poet laureate of punk, Patti Smithburst onto a vacuous music scene in the mid-1970s with a raw and revolutionary soundsteeped as much in French symbolist poetry as it was in 1960s garage rockand an indelible, gender-bending stage persona. With the release of her debut album, “Horses,” rock music would simply never be the same.”


Record Makers and Breakers: Voices of the Independent Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneers – John Broven

“An authoritative history of the trailblazers of the independent rock ‘n’ roll record industry”


Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Roots – Deanna R. Adams

“Ever since Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed first called the records he was playing “rock and roll,” northeast Ohio has been a driving force in this musical phenomenon. From the disc jockeys who spun the music to the musicians who played it, the clubs that welcomed it and fans who encouraged it, rock and roll has been as much a part of this north coast..”


Out of Our Heads: Rock ‘n’ Roll Before the Drugs Wore Off – George Case

” perfect gift for all those who have ever listened to “Dark Side of the Moon” on a pair of headphones and said “Wow.” From psychedelic Woodstock warriors to the post-hippie bliss of Neil Young to the hemp-happy rhythms of Bob Marley, this volume gleefully celebrates music’s most creative minds–and their chemically induced expansion.”


The Beatles vs. the Rolling Stones: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Rivalry – Jim DeRogatis and Gret Kot

“Two of the world’s preeminent music journalists tackle the liveliest debate in rock history: which band is the greatest ever–the Beatles or the Rolling Stones?”



The Secret History of Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Mysterious Roots of Modern Music – Christopher Knowles

“Sex. Drugs. Loud music. Wild costumes. Dazzling light shows. These words can all describe a great rock concert or a hot dance club, but they were also part and parcel of the ancient cultural phenomenon known as the “Mystery religions.” In this book, author Christopher Knowles shows how the long-dead Mystery religions got a secular reincarnation…”


2011 Rock and Roll Books

The Doors – A Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years – Greil Marcus

“A fan from the moment the Doors’ first album arrived, Greil Marcus saw the band many times at the legendary Filmore Auditorium and the Avalon Ballroom in 1967. Five years later it was all over. Forty years after the singer Jim Morrison was found dead in Paris and the group disbanded, Greil Marcus muses on how one could drive from here to there, changing fom one FM pop station to another, and be all but guaranteed to hear two, three, four Doors songs in an hour. Whatever the demands in the music, they remained unsatisfied, in the largest sense unfinished, and absolutely alive.”


Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Memoir – Steven Tyler

“The son of a classicial pianist straight out of the Bronx, Steven Tyler was born to be a rock star. The frontman of one of the world’s most revered and infamous bands tells of the debauchery, the money, the notoriety, the fights, and the rehab while also revealing his spiritual side that gets lost behind the stereotype of the Sex Guy, the Drug Guy, the Screamin’…”


Rock ‘n’ Roll Dances of the 1950s – Lisa Joe Sagolla

“This descriptive and analytic study examines how 1950s rock ‘n’ roll dancing illuminates the larger cultural context out of which the dancing arose.”


Are We Still Rolling?: Studios, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll – One Man’s Journey Recording Classic Albums – Phill Brown

“From the author’s first glimpse of a magical recording studio in the mid-1960s up through a busy career that continues to the present day, this rollicking story can only be told by those that were there. As the young tape operator on sessions for the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, and Joe Cocker at the famed Olympic Sound Studios in London, Phill..”


he Chitlin’ Circuit: And the Road to Rock ‘n’ Roll – Preston Lauterbach

The first history of the network of black juke joints that spawned rock ‘n’ roll through an unholy alliance between vice and entertainment.


The Fine Wisdom and Perfect Teachings of the Kings of Rock and Roll – Mark Edmundson

“Hilarious, harrowing, and ultimately inspiring…. Truly, there is something arresting and wonderful on every page.” — Michael Pollan “With sentences that sometimes astonish” (Matthew Crawford, author of Shop Class as Soulcraft), celebrated cultural critic Mark Edmundson has written a hip and hilarious coming-of-age memoir about one..”


No Regrets: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Memoir – Ace Frehley

“From a founding member and former lead guitarist of the legendary rock band KISS comes a funny, truthful, candid memoir about a hard-drinking, drug-addicted, music-loving guitar player who lived a life as a rock star and survived to tell the tale.”


I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll (Except When I Hate It): Extremely Important Stuff about the Songs and Bands You Love, Hate, Love to Hate, and Hate to Love – Brian Boone

“Music breeds duality. We enjoy the music we love-listening to it, talking about it, reading about it. But it’s just as fun to passionately revel in mocking the music we hate. Fortunately, musicians make this two-lane path very easy to follow. Half the time they’re creating timeless works of art that speak to the soul; the other half, they’re recording ridiculous concept albums..”

Rock and Roll Always Forgets: A Quarter Century of Music Criticism – Chuck Eddy

“The best, most provocative reviews, interviews, columns, and essays written by the entertaining, idiosyncratic, and influential music writer Chuck Eddy over the past twenty-five years.”


Popcorn: Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll Movies – Garry Mullholland

“rom BLACKBOARD JUNGLE to QUADROPHENIA, from 8 MILE to ABBA: THE MOVIE, no one has seriously looked at the strange phenomenon that is the rock ‘n’ roll movie. Garry Mulholland turns his focus away from classic records to the best, the worst, the weird and the completely deranged from the world of the rock movie. Part serious critical..”




2012 Rock and Roll Books

Listening to Van Morrison – Greil Marcus

“Van Morrison’, says Greil Marcus, ‘remains a singer who can be compared to no other in the history of modern popular music’. When “Astral Weeks” was released in 1968, it was largely ignored. When it was re-released as a live album in 2009 it reached the top of the Billboard charts, a first for any Van Morrison recording. The wild swings in the music, mirroring the swings in Morrison’s success and in people’s appreciation (or lack of it) of his music, make Van Morrison one of the most perplexing and mysterious figures in popular modern music, and a perfect subject for the wise and insightful scrutiny of Greil Marcus, one of America’s most dedicated cultural critics.”


Keith Richards: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Life – Bill Milkowski

“For half a century Keith Richards has been the heart and soul of the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band, The Rolling Stones. A riff master of the highest order, his direct, incisive and catchy licks have energized such timeless rock anthems as Satisfaction, Start Me Up, Brown Sugar, Jumpin’ Jack Flash and Honky Tonk Women.”


Bobby Whitlock: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Autobiography – Bobby Whitlock & Marc Roberts

“From early childhood singing in church to the rock ‘n’ roll limelight of Derek and the Dominos, Bobby Whitlock launched a musical journey still going to this day. Whitlock’s life story does more than share rock gossip about stars like Keith Moon, George Harrison, and Eric Clapton, however. Whitlock examines his abusive childhood, his experiences with Delaney..”


Full Moon: The Amazing Rock and Roll Life of Keith Moon – Dougal Butler

“With Chris Trengove and Peter Lawrence. In 1967 Peter ‘Dougal’ Butler became a roadie for The Who and their mercurial genius drummer Keith Moon. Soon he would be Moon’s personal assistant, chauffeur, and all-purpose wingman. The ride lasted a tumultuous ten years, ending just prior to Moon’s untimely death in 1978.”


Rock ‘n’ Roll Myths: The True Stories Behind the Most Infamous Legends – Gary Graff and Daniel Durcholz

“It’s perhaps the relative modernity of rock ‘n’ roll that makes the genre a minefield of myths and legends accepted as truth. History hasn’t had time to dissect the bunk. Until now. Discover the real stories behind rock’s biggest crocks, how they came to be but why they have persisted. Did Cass Elliott really asphyxiate herself with a ham sandwich?”


Behind the Boards: The Making of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Greatest Records Revealed – Jake Brown

“The term “soundtrack of our lives” is one commonly tossed around by artists, fans, critics, and historians in discussing rock ‘n’ roll’s timeless hits, spanning every subgenre, from pop to hard rock, heavy metal to new wave. In the pages of Behind the Boards: The Making of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Greatest Records Revealed, the first…”


Forever Young: The Rock and Roll Photography of Chuck Boyd – Jimmy Page and Chuck Boyd

“Chuck Boyd’s love affair with photography began when his mother gave him a camera as a gift when he was thirteen years old. He quickly found his artistic voice, and at the age of sixteen, he went to work for Los Angeles radio station KRLA, covering special artist promotional functions.”


Hitless Wonder: A Life in Minor League Rock and Roll – Joe Oestreich

“A classic underdog story about a local band that almost hits the big time. Everyone knows the price of fame. Hitless Wonder measures the price of obscurity. What happens when you chase a dream into middle age and, in doing so, risk losing the people you love?”


The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll’s Best-Kept Secret – Kent Hartman

“Part “Hit Men” and part “Laurel Canyon,” this hidden history of rock and roll chronicles the uncredited studio musicians who provided the soundtrack for a generation during the 1960s and 1970s.”


Before Elvis: The Prehistory of Rock ‘n’ Roll – Larry Birnbaum

“An essential work for rock fans and scholars, Before Elvis: The Prehistory of Rock ‘n’ Roll surveys the origins of rock ‘n’ roll from the minstrel era to the emergence of Bill Haley and Elvis Presley. Unlike other histories of rock, Before Elvis offers a far broader and deeper analysis of the influences on rock music.”



Don Kirshner: The Man with the Golden Ear: How He Changed the Face of Rock and Roll – Rich Podolsky

“In 1958, long before he created and hosted Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, the most dynamic rock-and-roll series in television history, before he developed the Monkees and created the Archies, Don Kirshner was a 23-year-old kid with just a dream in his pocket. Five years later he was the prince of pop music.”



Fort Worth’s Rock and Roll Roots – Mark a Nobles

“On the evening of February 9, 1964, Ed Sullivan introduced the Beatles to America. Across the country, teens were glued to their TV sets and witnessed a turning point in rock and roll history. Vibrant and creative teen scenes sprang up all across the country.”


Tales From the Trails of a Rock ‘n’ Roll Bus Driver – Jerry Fitzpatrick


Every Night’s a Saturday Night: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Life of Legendary Sax Man Bobby Keys – Bobby Keys

“Bobby Keys has lived the kind of like that qualifies as a rock ‘n’ roll folktale. In his early teens, Keys bribed his way into neighbour Buddy Holly’s garage band rehearsals, then took up the saxophone because it was the only instrument left unclaimed in the school band. While still in his teens, he convinced his grandfather to sign his guardianship over to Crickets..”


Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll – Ann Wilson

“The story of Heart is a story of heart and soul and rock ‘n’ roll. Since finding their love of music and performing as teenagers in Seattle, Washington, Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson, have been part of the American rock music landscape. From 70s classics like “Magic Man” and “Barracuda” to chart- topping 80s ballads like “Alone,” and all the way up to 2012..”


ext and Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Beats and Rock Culture – Simon Warner

“Spanning the years between Jack Kerouac to Kurt Cobain, this work explores the interaction between two of the most powerful socio-cultural movements in the postwar years–the literary forces of the Beat Generation and the musical energies of rock and its attendant culture.”


Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll: My Life in Rock – Stephen Pearcy & Sam Benjamin

“A jaw-dropping tell-all from the lead singer of the 1980s supergroup Ratt: the groupies, the trashed hotel rooms, the drugs. Pearcy divulges all the dirty details of the era when big-haired bands ruled the world.”


Detroit Rock City: The Uncensored History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in America’s Loudest City – Steve Miller

“The definitive account of rock in the city that has produced louder, prouder, more in-your-face rock than anywhere else on Earth”


2013 Rock and Roll Books

Neil Sedaka: Rock ‘n’ Roll Survivor: The Inside Story of His Incredible Comeback – Rich Podolsky

“From 1958 to 1963, Neil Sedaka sold 25 million records – more than anyone except Elvis Presley. He thought he could do no wrong, but a year later he was all but off the charts, swept away by The Beatles and the British Invasion – a blow he never saw coming. The deejays stopped playing his records, and the public stopped buying them.”



1001 Bizarre Rock ‘n’ Roll Stories – Robert Lodge

“What rock legend’s friends decided to steal his body? Which rock star died twice in a day? What’s the truth behind Jellyroll Morton’s name? Which bands were said to be cursed? “1001 Bizarre Rock ‘n’ Roll Stories” teases out the downright odd moments behind the music. With everything from groupies to drugs, sex to death, this is the ultimate expose of what the legendary rock stars get up to off-stage.”


Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock ‘n’ Roll – Lou Gramm & Scott Pitnoniak

“Lou Gramm rose from humble, working-class roots in Rochester, New York, to become one of rock’s most popular and distinctive voices in the 1970s and ’80s, singing and cowriting more than a dozen hits with the band Foreigner. Songs such as “Cold As Ice,” “I Want to Know What Love Is,” “Waiting for a Girl Like You,” “Double Vision,” “Urgent,” and “Midnight..”


Rock and Roll Stories – Lynn Goldsmith

“The story of rock lives in Lynn Goldsmith’s photographs. After coming of age in the Midwest in the tumultuous 1960s, she crashed the music scene in New York and emerged as one of its leading image-makers. She chronicled Bruce Springsteen’s passage to glory, the Rolling Stone’s legendary stadium tours, Michael Jackson’s staggering ascent, U2’s…”


Gerad Mankowitz: 50 Years of Rock and Roll Photography – Brian Southall & Gered Mankowitz

“Gered Mankowitz is the photographer who created the enduring and defining image of the rock star as we know it today Inspired to take up photography by the comedian Peter Sellers, Mankowitz opened his first studio in 1963. Finding himself at the centre of Swinging London, he soon established himself as one of the most prominent music photographers on..”


Baby Boomer Rock ‘n’ Roll Fans: The Music Never Ends – Joseph A. Kotarba

“Based on 18 years of sociological research and 52 years of rock n roll fandom, Baby Boomer Rock n Roll Fans: The Music Never Ends draws on data collected from participant observations and interviews with artists, fans, and producers to explore our aging rock culture through the filter of symbolic interactionist theory.”


Cross Roads – How the Blues Shaped Rock and Roll – John Milward


It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll: Thirty Years Married to a Rolling Stone – Jo Wood

“Wood, model and ex-rock wife, shares her incredible life story in this candid and deeply personal memoir, offering an all-access look into the lives of the Rolling Stones and her former husband, guitarist Ronnie Wood, as only an insider can.”



2014 Rock and Roll Books

On the Road with Janis Joplin – John Byrne Cooke

“In 1967, as the new sound of rock and roll was taking over popular music, John Byrne Cooke was at the center of it all. As a member of D.A. Pennebaker’s film crew, he witnessed the astonishing breakout performances of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival that June. Less than six months later, he was on a plane to San Francisco, taking a job as road manager for Janis and her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company. From then on, Cooke was Joplin’s road manager amid a rotating cast of musicians and personnel, a constant presence behind the scenes as the woman called Pearl took the world by storm.”


The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs – Greil Marcus

“One of our finest critics gives us an altogether original history of rock n roll”


Rock & Roll Highway: The Robbie Robertson Story – Sebastian Robertson & Adam Gustavson

“Canadian guitarist and songwriter Robbie Robertson is mainly known as a founding member of The Band. But how did he become one of “Rolling Stone’s” top 100 guitarists of all time? Written by Robertson’s son, this is the story of a rock-and-roll icon’s journey through music and his passion, drive, and determination to follow his dream.”


Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll – Peter Bebergal

“From the hoodoo-inspired sounds of Elvis Presley to the Eastern odysseys of George Harrison, from the dark dalliances of Led Zeppelin to the Masonic imagery of today’s hip-hop scene, the occult has long breathed life into rock and hip-hop–and, indeed, esoteric and supernatural traditions are a key ingredient behind the emergence and development of rock and roll … [and in this book] writer and critic Peter Bebergal illuminates this web of influences”


There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll – Lisa Robinson

“Lisa Robinson has interviewed the biggest names in music including Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Patti Smith, U2, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Jay Z, and Kanye West. She visited the teenage Michael Jackson many times at his Encino home, introduced David Bowie to Lou Reed, was with the Rolling Stones on their jet during a lightning storm, and was mid-flight with Led Zeppelin when their tour manager pulled out a gun.”


Who Did It First?: Great Pop Cover Songs and Their Original Artists – Bob Leszczak

“In Who Did It First?: Great Pop Cover Songs and Their Original Artists, the second volume in Bob Leszczak s exciting Who Did It First? series, readers explore the hidden history of the most famous, indeed legendary, pop songs and standards. As Leszczak points out, the version you purchased, swayed to, sang to, and grew up with is often not the first version recorded.”


Rock ‘n’ Roll in Orange County:: Music, Madness and Memories – Chris Epting

“The great acts–from Hendrix to Joplin and from Kiss to Korn–played to the Orange County crowd at such classic venues as Huntington Beach’s Golden Bear, the Anaheim Convention Center and Anaheim’s Doll Hut. Rock ‘n’ roll’s OC roots include Leo Fender’s electric guitar factory in Fullerton and the birthplace for the garage-band standard Louie Louie”


Aleister Crowley: Magick, Rock and Roll, and the Wickedest Man in the World – Gary Lachman

“This definitive work on the occult s great beast traces the arc of his controversial life and influence on rock-and-roll giants, from the Rolling Stones to Led Zeppelin to Black Sabbath. When Aleister Crowley died in 1947, he was not an obvious contender for the most enduring pop-culture figure of the next century.”


Through the Eye of the Tiger: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Life of Survivor’s Founding Member – Jim Peterik and Lisa Torem

“Hey, yo, Jim . . . This is Sylvester Stallone. Give me a call . . . It was these words that would set Jim Peterik on the road to rock n roll immortality. After he and his Survivor bandmates recorded Eye of the Tiger for the “Rocky III” soundtrack, the song would go on to earn a Grammy, an Oscar nomination, reach triple platinum statusand become one of the most recognizable tunes in music history.”


Milwaukee Rock and Roll – Larry Widen

“The history of rock music in Milwaukee began at an age when some musicians played in a segregated part of the city. At the same time, a young singer named Buddy Holly kicked off a tour that ended with a plane crash in Iowa 11 days later. The following years brought the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and the rest of the British Invasion.”


A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen – Liel Leibovitz

“Brings to life a passionate poet-turned-musician and what compels him and his work.”


Tragedies and Mysteries of Rock’n’roll – Michele Primi


Devils & Blue Dresses: My Wild Ride as a Rock and Roll Legend – Mitch Ryder

“A gifted writer with an original voice, Mitch Ryder first gained fame as the leader of the iconic rock group Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels. With hits such as Devil With a Blue Dress On / Good Golly, Miss Molly, Sock it to Me Baby, and Jenny Take a Ride, Mitch quickly rocketed to international fame.”


Rock and Roll Meltdown: The Circus Nightclub Story 1979-1983 – Rick Bandazian

“In 1979, rock and roll was in revolution. While FM radio covered the nation with a nonstop format of Fleetwood Mac, Foreigner, Kansas, Styx, Led Zeppelin, and more Fleetwood Mac, it was a different story in rock clubs all over America. In dingy, sweaty venues from LA to New York, punk rock and new wave bands were retelling the rock and roll story.”


Turn Up the Radio!: Rock, Pop, and Roll in Los Angeles 1956-1972 – Harvey Kubernik

“Combining oral and illustrated history with a connective narrative, Turn Up the Radio! captures the zeitgeist of the Los Angeles rock and pop music world between the years of 1956 and 1972. Featuring hundreds of rare and previously unpublished photographs and images of memorabilia, this collection highlights dozens of iconic bands and musicians,”


Tom Petty: Rock ‘n’ Roll Guardian – Andrea Rotondo

“Tom Petty may be one of rock’n’roll’s preeminent artists today – having sold more than 60-million records – but his rise to superstardom was never a foregone conclusion. His band Mudcrutch was a household name in his hometown of Gainesville, Florida, in the mid-1970s, but the band self-destructed just months after moving to Los Angeles in search of a record deal.”



2015 Rock and Roll Books

Beale Street Dynasty – Preston Lauterbach

“The vivid history of Beale Street a lost world of swaggering musicians, glamorous madams, and ruthless politicians and the battle for the soul of Memphis”


Real Life Rock – Greil Marcus

“From the author of The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs comes his “Basement Tapes”: the complete “Real Life Rock Top 10” columns For nearly thirty years, Greil Marcus has written a remarkable column called “Real Life Rock Top Ten.” It has been a laboratory where he has fearlessly explored and wittily dissected an enormous variety of cultural artifacts, from songs to books to movies to advertisements.”


The History of Canadian Rock ‘n’ Roll – Bob Merereau

“Rock and roll was born in the United States during the 1950s. Its popularity rapidly grew, spreading across the Atlantic to England. The Brits transformed rock, bringing it back to the States in a new form with the British Invasion. Since that time, the two countries have dominated headlines and histories, in terms of rock music.”


Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock’n’roll’s Last Stand in Hollywood – Domenic Priore

“From the moment the Byrds debuted at Ciro’s on March 26th 1965 — with Bob Dylan joining them on stage — through the demonstrations of November 1966, Sunset Strip nightclubs introduced the Doors, Buffalo Springfield the Mothers of Invention, and so many more. “Riot on Sunset Strip” shows how this legendary scene came together, burned briefly but brilliantly, and then fell apart after the Summer of Love.”


How Does It Feel?: Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and the Philosophy of Rock and Roll – Grant Maxwell

“Grant Maxwell examines the recorded music of popular culture with the same subtlety and care as he brings to the literary and philosophical texts of high culture. He seeks not just breadth of knowledge but coherence of insight; not just accumulation of knowledge but depth of understanding. Richard Tarnas, author of The Passion of the Western Mind Grant is a very distinguished cat.”


Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music – John Fogerty

“John Fogerty, the legendary singer-songwriter and creative force behind Creedence Clearwater Revival, takes readers from his Northern California roots, through Creedence’s success and the retreat from music and public life, to his hard-won revival as a solo artist who finally found love.”


There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll – Lisa Robinson

“Lisa Robinson has interviewed the biggest names in music including Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Patti Smith, U2, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Jay Z, and Kanye West. She visited the teenage Michael Jackson many times at his Encino home, introduced David Bowie to Lou Reed, was with the Rolling Stones on their jet during a lightning storm, and was mid-flight with Led Zeppelin when their tour manager pulled out a gun. A pioneering female journalist in an exclusive boys’ club, Lisa Robinson is a preeminent authority on the music world.”


Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-And-Rock-N-Roll Generation Saved Hollywood – Peter Biskind

“Based on hundreds of interviews with directors, producers, stars, studio executives, writers, spouses, ex-spouses, and girlfriends, this book tells the full story of the crazy world of the “Directors’ Decade”, one of the most exhilarating periods in film making history.”


Everybody’s Heard about the Bird: The True Story of 1960s Rock ‘n’ Roll in Minnesota – Rick Shefchik

“If you didn t experience rock and roll in Minnesota in the 1960s, this book will make you wish you had. This behind-the-scenes, up-close-and-personal account relates how a handful of Minnesota rock bands erupted out of a small Midwest market and made it big.”



How Can It be? A Rock and Roll Diary – Ronnie Wood

“Before he was a Rolling Stone, a Face, or a member of the Jeff Beck Group, Ronnie Wood flew the nest aged just 17 with his first band, the Birds. Featuring cameos by legends such as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Rod Stewart, and Pete Townshend, Ronnie’s adventures on the road to superstardom were handwritten in his private diary of 1965.”


Blood, Sweat, and My Rock ‘n’ Roll Years: Is Steve Katz a Rock Star? – Steve Katz

“By a founding member of the legendary Blues Project and Blood, Sweat & Tears a man who played the Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock, had affairs with famous female folk singers, and jammed with everyone from Mose Allison to Jimi Hendrix comes a blues-folk-rock memoir of resigned existentialism and decidedly New York Jewish humor”


You Don’t Own Me: The Life and Times of Lesley Gore – Trevor Tolliver

“Assembled over five years of research and interviews, this is the first and long overdue biography of Lesley Gore, one of pop music’s pioneering Mothers, which chronicles her meteoric rise to fame, her devastating fall from popularity and struggle for relevance in the 1970s, and her reemergence as a powerful songwriter, political activist, and camp icon”


Lee Brilleaux: Rock’n’roll Gentleman – Zoe Howe

Lee Brilleaux, the uniquely charismatic star of proto-punk R&B reprobates Dr Feelgood, was one of rock’n’roll’s greatest frontmen. But he was also one of its greatest gentlemen – a class act with heart, fire, wanderlust and a wild streak. Exploding out of Canvey Island in the early 1970s – an age of glam rock, post-hippy folk and pop androgyny – the Feelgoods”


I’ve Been Out There: On the Road with Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll – Grady Gaines

“In the 1950s, as the leader of the Upsetters, the original backing band for rock pioneer Little Richard, Grady Gaines first exposed the music world to his unique brand of honkin, bombastic, attitude-drenched saxophone playing. In the years that followed, the Upsetters became the backing band for Sam Cooke and crisscrossed the country as the go-to-band for revue-style tours featuring James Brown, Gladys Knight and the Pips, the Supremes, Jackie Wilson, Little Willie John, and Etta James.”


Pittsburgh’s Golden Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll – Ed Salamon

“A history of the numerous rock and roll artists and groups that came out of Pittsburgh, PA in the 50s, 60s, and 70s.”


Dare: How Bowie & Kraftwerk Inspired the Death of Rock ‘n’ Roll and Invented Modern Pop Music – David Laurie



2016 Rock and Roll Books

My Kind of Sound – Secret History Chicago Music – Jim Derogatis

“Culled from 10+ years of “Chicago Reader” columns, this compendium features Chicago musicians who somehow haven’t gotten their just dues.”


Rockin’ the Free World!: How the Rock & Roll Revolution Changed America and the World – Sean Kay

“In Rockin’ the Free World, international relations expert Sean Kay takes readers inside “Bob Dylan’s America” and shows how this vision linked the rock and roll revolution to American values of freedom, equality, human rights, and peace while tracing how those values have spread globally…”


Stick It!: My Life of Sex, Drums, and Rock ‘n’ Roll – Carmine Appice & Ian Gittins

“He ran with teenage gangs in Brooklyn before becoming a global rock star in the Summer of Love. He was managed by the mob, hung with Hendrix, trashed thousands of hotel rooms, unwittingly paid for an unknown Led Zeppelin to support him on tour, taught John Bonham (as well as Fred Astaire) a thing or two about drumming, and took part in Zeppelin’s..”


Lemmy: Memories of a Rock ‘n’ Roll Legend – Ian Carroll

“The story of Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister, bass player and leader of the band Moteorhead, as seen through the eyes of the fans, friends and bands who have played with him, including: Fast Eddie Clark, Girlschool, Supersuckers, Dead Kennedys, Anvil, Anti Nowhere League, UK Subs and more.”


Ronnie James Dio: The Man on the Silver Mountain: Memories of a Rock ‘n’ Roll Icon – Ian Carroll

“When I was growing up, Heavy Metal/rock music was my music of choice, it was my life. Back in those days in the late 70’s and into the early 80’s, we would spend our time listening to the best albums of the moment on a massive ‘ghetto blaster, either sitting in the park or at any of the local railway stations, train spotting!”


Just Around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination – Jack Hamilton

“When Jimi Hendrix died, the idea of a black man playing lead guitar in a rock band seemed exotic. Yet ten years earlier, Chuck Berry had stood among the most influential rock and roll performers. Why did rock and roll become white? Jack Hamilton challenges the racial categories that distort standard histories of rock music and the 60s revolution.”


Devil’s Music, Holy Rollers and Hillbillies: How America Gave Birth to Rock and Roll – James A. Cosby

“Rock music today is universal and its popular history is well known. Yet few know how and why it really came about. Taking a fresh look at events long overlooked or misunderstood, this book tells how some of the most disenfranchised people in a free and prosperous nation strove to make themselves heard–and changed the world”


Jumpin Jack Flash: David Litvinoff and the Rock’n’Roll Underworld – Keiron Pim

“David Litvinoff (1928-75) was ‘one of the great mythic characters of ’60s London’ – outrageous, possessed of a lightning wit and intellect, dangerous to know, always lurking in the shadows as the spotlight shone on his famous friends. Flitting between the worlds of music, art and crime, he exerted a hidden influence that helped create the Kray twins’ legend and Lucian Freud’s reputation as a man never to be crossed; connected the Rolling Stones with London’s dark side; redirected Eric Clapton’s musical career; and shaped the plot of the classic film Performance by revealing his knowledge of the city’s underworld, a decision that put his life in danger.”


Aronoff Kenny Sex Drums Rock ‘n’ Roll HB Bam Book: The Hardest Hitting Man in Show Business – Kenny Aronoff

“Voted Drummer of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine, living legend Kenny Aronoff first became a recognizable personality behind the drum kit playing for 17 years for John Mellencamp on hits including the #1 single Jack and Diane, Hurts So Good, Pink Houses (Ain t That America), and Small Town, among many others, and he s been keeping the beat to the sound track of a rock and roll generation ever since!”


The Grande Ballroom: Detroit S Rock N Roll Palace – Leo Early

“In the 1920s, a jewel of Detroit entertainment arose on the Westside the Grande Ballroom. The venue flourished under the ownership of infamous gambler Harry Weitzman and management of dance scion Paul Strasburg. The advent of rock n roll pushed the ballroom into hard times, but in 1966, local schoolteacher and disc jockey Russ Gibb resurrected it with the promise of live rock music.”


Neon Leon Fast Track to Hell: A Psychedelic Glam Punk Rock and Roll Story – Leon Matthews

“Neon Leon’s autobiography Fast Track to Hell is a Glorious Psychedelic, Glam, Punk Rock and Roll true recollection of the time when Rock and Roll music was at a decadent crossroads. A reflection of a time of tremendous political, cultural, social, musical, revolution and change.”


Alien Rock: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Extraterrestrial Connection – Luckman

“From Elvis to the Beatles, from Michael Jackson to Marilyn Manson, rock stars claim to have seen, communed with, been inspired by, and sometimes even descended from extraterrestrials. “Alien Rock” is an irreverent, illuminating, all-access pass to the stars’ unearthly encounters–some friendly, some frightening, and some frankly bizarre, including: The birth of Elvis was marked by the appearance of a mysterious blue light over his house.”


Go West-The Rock and Roll Memoir-(1967-1970) – Marlowe West

“As an extremely fortunate New York teenager I miraculously managed to be swept up into the whole Flower Children, Hippy movement on the West Coast. My personal interest was in the music emanating from the youth of the Sixties. So free and alive with confident defiance. I was driven into a rock and roll existence beyond belief.”


Getcha Rocks off: Sex & Excess. Bust-Ups & Binges. Life & Death on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Road – Mick Wall

“Hanging out with rock stars, trying to steal their chicks, or throwing up over their guitars after launching into the hospitality a little too enthusiastically, Mick Wall spent much of the 1980s sprawled in limos and five-star hotels with the biggest rock bands in the world, including Led Zeppelin, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Motley Crue, Thin Lizzy..”


They Call Me Supermensch: A Backstage Pass to the Amazing Worlds of Film, Food, and Rock’n’roll – Shep Gordon

“The legendary talent agent behind such superstars as Groucho Marx, Blondie and Raquel Welch chronicles his life and career in the entertainment industry, discussing such topics as his Jewish childhood in Long Island, his international travels at the sides of half a century of celebrities and the time he was punched by Janice Joplin”

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