Can You Call Yourself a True Rock ‘n’ Roll Fan if You Haven’t Read These Books?

Can You Call Yourself a True Rock ‘n’ Roll Fan if You Haven’t Read These Books?

From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars – Virginia Hanlon Grohl

Featuring a foreword by Dave Grohl and exclusive family photographs, interviews are interwoven with the Grohl family story and the resultant book is a very intimate portrait of what makes a rock star.

Slash: The Autobiography – Slash

It seems excessive…but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. The mass of black curls. The top hat. The cigarette dangling from pouty lips. These are the trademarks of one of the world’s greatest and most revered guitarists, a celebrity musician known by one name: Slash.

Pete Townshend: Who I Am – Pete Townshend

Now, in one of the most eagerly awaited autobiographies of recent times, this icon tells about his incredible life and elaborates on the turbulences of time spent as one of the world’s most respected musicians – being in one of rock’s greatest ever bands, and wanting to give it all up. 

Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen

Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

Not Dead Yet – Phil Collins

Not Dead Yet is Phil Collins’ candid, witty, unvarnished story of the songs and shows, the hits and pans, his marriages and divorces, the ascents to the top of the charts and into the tabloid headlines.

The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band – Mick Mars, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Neil Strauss, Tommy Lee

Celebrate thirty years of the world’s most notorious rock band with the deluxe collectors’ edition of The Dirt-the outrageous, legendary, no-holds-barred autobiography of Motley Crue

Being Elvis: A Lonely Life – Ray Connolly

BEING ELVIS takes a clear-eyed look at the most-loved entertainer ever, and finds an unusual boy with a dazzling talent who grew up to change popular culture; a man who sold a billion records and had more hits than any other singer, but who became trapped by his own frailties in the loneliness of fame.

Rolling Stone: 50 Years: The Culture, Politics, and Music That Shaped our Era – Jann S. Wenner & Rolling Stone

This book is an irresistible and essential keepsake of the magazine that has defined American music for generations of readers.

Set the Boy Free – Johnny Marr

From roaming the streets of Manchester to constantly pushing musical boundaries as the most loved guitarist Britain has ever produced, Johnny Marr’s memoir is the true history of music – told by one of its very own legends.

Reckless – Chrissie Hynde

That Chrissie Hynde is alive to tell the tale is, by her own admission, something of a miracle. Throughout she is brutally honest, wryly humorous and always highly entertaining. She has written one of the most evocative and colourful music memoirs to be published in recent years.

1971 – Never a Dull Moment: Rock’s Golden Year – David Hepworth

1971 saw the release of more monumental albums than any year before or since and a pantheon of stars to dominate the next 40 years – Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Marvin Gaye, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Rod Stewart, the solo Beatles and more. 

Last of the Giants: The True Story of Guns N’ Roses – Mick Wall

Written with the clear head that 25 years later brings you, this is a celebration of Guns N’ Roses the band, and of Axl Rose the frontman who really is that thing we so desperately want him to be: the last of the truly extraordinary, all-time great, no apologies, no explanations rock stars.

1001: Albums You Must Hear Before You Die – Robert Dimery

1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die is the single most comprehensive list of music that changed the world. 

Testimony – Robbie Robertson

In this captivating memoir, written over five years of reflection, Robbie employs his unique storyteller’s voice to weave together the journey that led him to some of the most pivotal events in music history. 

M Train – Patti Smith

Braiding despair with hope and consolation, illustrated with her signature Polaroids, M Train is a meditation on travel, detective shows, literature and coffee. It is a powerful, deeply moving book by one of the most remarkable artists at work today.

Girl in a Band – Kim Gordon

In Girl in a Band Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth and role model for a generation of women, tells her story. Filled with the sights and sounds of a changing world and a remarkable life, Girl in a Band is a moving, evocative chronicle of an extraordinary artist.

What Does This Button Do? – Bruce Dickinson

A long-awaited memoir from the larger-than-life, multifaceted lead vocalist of Iron Maiden, one of the most successful, influential and enduring rock bands ever.

Life – Keith Richards

In a voice that is uniquely and intimately his own, with the disarming honesty that has always been his trademark, Keith Richards brings us the essential life story of our times.

Kurt Cobain: Journals – Kurt Cobain

The first publication of Kurt Cobain’s diaries, which were found after his death in 1994. Genuinely moving, provocative and candid, and suprisingly funny, pieces of writing which, as a whole, provide a unique account of the rise and fall of a great popular artist and icon.

Scar Tissue – Anthony Kiedis

SCAR TISSUE far transcends the typical rock biography, because Anthony Kiedis is anything but a typical rock star. It is instead a compelling story of dedication and debauchery, of intrigue and integrity, of recklessness and redemption.

The Clash – Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, The Clash

With unprecedented access to the Clash archive, this landmark publication brings together previously unseen material – including tour posters, artwork, and photos of the band at home, on stage, in the studio and on the road – with each member telling it like it was, in their own words.

White Line Fever – Lemmy Kilmister

White Line Fever has been completely updated post Lemmy’s untimely death in 2016, and offers all Motorhead fans who loved his music a sometimes hilarious, often outrageous, highly entertaining ride with the frontman of (what was) the loudest rock band in history.

Starting at Zero: His Own Story – Jimi Hendrix

Starting at Zero weaves the scraps and bits together fluidly with interviews and lyrics revealing for the first time a continuous narrative of the artist’s life, from birth through to the final years of his life. The result is a beautifully poetic, charming and passionate memoir as smooth and memorable as Hendrix’s finest songs. 

The Age of Bowie: How David Bowie Made a World of Difference – Paul Morley

Morley will offer a startling biographical critique of David Bowie’s legacy, showing how he never stayed still even when he withdrew from the spotlight

Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored – John Lydon

This is the definitive autobiography of John Lydon, one of the most recognizable icons in the annals of music history. As Johnny Rotten, he was the lead singer of the Sex Pistols – the world’s most notorious band, who shot to fame in the mid-1970s with singles such as ‘Anarchy in the UK’ and ‘God Save the Queen’.

Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars – David Hepworth

In Uncommon People, David Hepworth zeroes in on defining moments and turning points in the lives of forty rock stars from 1955 to 1995, taking us on a journey to burst a hundred myths and create a hundred more.

Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath – Tony Iommi

In Iron Man, Iommi goes on the record about Black Sabbath and recounts his life story in detail and depth. It is the exclusive account of the life and adventures of one of rock’s greatest heroes.

Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream – Neil Young

Neil Young is a singular figure in the history of rock and pop culture in the last four decades, inducted not once but twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Reflective, insightful and disarmingly honest, “Waging Heavy Peace” is his long-awaited memoir.

Autobiography – Morrissey

It has been said ‘Most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status that Morrissey has reached in his lifetime.’ Autobiography covers Morrissey’s life from his birth until the present day.

Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums – Travis Barker

In this blunt, driving memoir, Barker ruminates on rock stardom, fatherhood, death, loss, and redemption, sharing stories shaped by decades’ worth of hard-earned insights. His pulsating memoir is as energetic as his acclaimed beats.

Seven Deadly Sins – Corey Taylor

Now updated with a brand new chapter, Seven Deadly Sins is a brutally honest look at ‘a life that could have gone horribly wrong at any turn’, and the soul-searching and self-discovery it took to set it right.

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys – Viv Albertine

A raw, thrilling story of life on the frontiers and a candid account of Viv’s life post-punk – taking in a career in film, the pain of IVF, illness and divorce and the triumph of making music again – Clothes Music Boys is a remarkable memoir.

Eric Clapton: The Autobiography – Eric Clapton

Now for the first time, Eric tells the story of his personal and professional journeys in this pungent, witty and painfully honest autobiography. Eric tells his story as it is, with a directness and searing honesty that will make this book one of the most compelling memoirs of our time.

Touching from a Distance – Deborah Curtis

This is the only in-depth biographical account of the legendary lead singer of Joy Division, written by his widow. It includes a foreword by Jon Savage and an introduction by Joy Division drummer, Steven Morris. 

I Hate New Music: The Classic Rock Manifesto – Dave Thompson

Persuasive, incisive, and drawing blood eith every keystroke, “I Hate New Music” is one man’s crusade against everything that isn’t what rock ought to be.

Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page

Page has officially put pen to paper about his career taking the form of extended captions, which describe and document pivotal moments and events making this book an historical document and a definitive visual record of a remarkable life of music.

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