Books

Books about rock music are a lively genre in the publishing industry. Our reviewers report on the latest artist biographies and autobiographies as well as books about the music and its history, and other reads of interest to classic rock fans

Stunning ‘Visualizing The Beatles’ Book

A magical “history” tour of their career charts their story–the evolution of their music, style and characters–through graphics

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Beatles/Stones Manager Allen Klein Bio: Review

He managed two of rock’s biggest bands and sorted out their bad deals & low incomes. This new book corrects his bad rep.

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‘1971’ Book Makes a Strong Case for Best Rock Year

Was 1971 a peak year in rock? Maybe the peak year in rock? A new book makes the case for that thesis quite vigorously and well

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‘Rise and Fall of Classic Rock’: A Must-Read

Kent Hartman’s book, Goodnight, L.A., sheds light on the city’s recording scene in the ’70s and ’80s, with scores of interviews with the stars

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Review: The New Bio That Jann Wenner Hates

It’s “an ambitious, dishy, well-written biography, with a backstory worthy of its subject.” So why is the Rolling Stone magazine founder so unhappy with it?

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Lou Reed ‘A Life’: An Exemplary Biography

“The Lou Reed that inhabits this book is powerfully drawn, from moment to moment deeply appealing and appalling,” says our reviewer.

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Woodstock: Mecca That Gave the Festival Its Name

In Small Town Talk, author Barney Hoskyns examines the upstate NY town, the spiritual – and literal – home to dozens of rock greats

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Glyn Johns, Prolific Rock Producer: Book Review

The famed producer/engineer behind some of rock music’s most memorable albums pens a “sensible and down-to-earth” book about his life among the stars

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Dean Torrence Book Reveals Wild Ride of Surf Duo

For a while they were second only to the Beach Boys among ’60s surf bands. Now the surviving half of Jan and Dean tells their story.

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Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll? Sam Phillips

Esteemed music scribe Peter Guralnick delivers a biography of the Sun Records/Studio proprietor that’s major history and a great read

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