Books

Books about rock music have become a lively genre in the publishing industry. Our reviewers read and report on the latest artist biographies and autobiographies as well as books about the music and its history, fictional tomes about or involving rock’n’roll, and any other reads of interest to classic rock fans.

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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Woodstock: Music 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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‘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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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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Los Lobos Get a ‘Dream’ of a Book

Los Angeles music writer Chris Morris authored a musical biography of the Mexican-American rock group, “Dream In Blue,” that honors their notable stature.

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Beatles/Stones Manager Allen Klein Gets His Fair Shake

Allen Klein managed two of rock’s biggest bands, The Beatles & Stones, and sorted out their bad deals & low incomes. This new book corrects his bad rep

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How Music Got Free: The End of The Biz

How did the recorded music industry go from raking in big bucks to imploding? How Music Got Free tells the whole sordid tale like a gripping mystery.

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So Many Roads Brings The Grateful Dead Into Sharp Focus

In So Many Roads author David Browne delves into the “long strange trip” of the Grateful Dead and makes sense of it all in a “smart & satisfying” band bio

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Viv Albertine’s ‘Fascinating’ Punk Rock Memoir

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys by Viv Albertine (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press) In A Word: Unsparing If you were a fan of the Slits and their sui generis, serrated, feral music, it should come as

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Billy Idol Recounts Dancing With Danger

Idol recalls his punk-rock past, wild years on booze & drugs plus English family background to give an honest look at the star and the man behind the sneer.

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