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

‘Ready Steady Go!’—Britain’s Groundbreaking Rock TV Series Celebrated in New Book

A new book chronicles the show that featured the Dave Clark Five, the Beatles, the Hollies, Manfred Mann, the Kinks, Rod Stewart and many others.

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‘The Band’s With Me’: A Former Groupie Lays It All Down

The memoir is a vivid, raucous, hilarious snapshot of a side of of the rock world once ubiquitous. Romano makes no excuses for any of it, nor should she.

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Dean Torrence Book Reveals Wild Ride of Surf City Duo

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

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

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

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Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll? A Vote For 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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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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Janis Joplin Celebrated in ‘Blisteringly Honest’ New Bio: Review

Janis: Her Life and Music details how Joplin’s stubborn refusal to compromise produced some of the most exciting music around and made her a cultural icon.

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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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