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Old 08-17-2005, 10:21 PM   #1
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Can anyone recommend a good rock music book I can read on the train? Im in need for something new to fill my mornings with!

I already have all the U2 ones, I want something else. Maybe like a history of rock and roll novel or something. Or something on one of the great bands/artists of our time.


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Old 08-17-2005, 10:22 PM   #2
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I recommend:-

(1) Espedair Street by Iain Bank (fictional)

(2) Mystery Train by Greil Marcus (history of rock and roll)

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Old 08-17-2005, 10:28 PM   #3
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I'm currently reading Chuck Klosterman's new book "Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story" where he visits the sites of famous deaths in rock and roll, like the Chelsea Hotel with the whole Sid & Nancy mystery, the field where Buddy Holly's plane crashed, and the Rhode Island nightclub that burned down. He's one of my favorite writers, he also writes for Spin, and has got a very unique and hilarious writing style. I'd also recommend his last book "Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs."
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Old 08-17-2005, 10:39 PM   #4
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rolling with the stones-(by bill wyman)

according to the rolling stones-(by other members of band)

chronicles volume 1-bob dylan
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Music titles I have enjoyed:

"Stoned" and "2stoned" Andrew Loog Oldham - great insight into the Rolling Sones and the sixties etc etc etc...

"Shakey" biography of Neil Young

...and I just finished "The Traveller" by John Twelve Hawks. A great fantasy/adventure/grand conspiracy theory tale, set in the present that just might be true...?
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Old 08-17-2005, 11:04 PM   #6
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I'm reading a book called meet the beatles, which is interesting
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Right now I'm reading "Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991" by Michael Azerrad. It's basically chapters on 15 American underground bands and their careers - Black Flag, Husker Du, Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, Minor Threat, etc.
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Old 08-18-2005, 01:29 AM   #8
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I loved " scar tissue" The Anthony Keidis biography. He goes into alot of stuff about his life on heroin, the peppers, its REALLY graphic, but an amazing book.
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Old 08-18-2005, 01:30 AM   #9
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I'm thinking of Anthony Kiedis' Scar Tissue and Johnny Cash's Cash: The Autobiography of Johnny Cash. I think reading Motley Crue or Tommy Lee's would be pretty amusing if nothing else, as well.
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Old 08-18-2005, 02:32 AM   #10
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Hitmen by Fredric Dannen is a very interesting book about the cons and cons of the rock music business .. mostly late 80s, but also flashbacks into the 50s and 70s disco era.
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Old 08-18-2005, 06:29 AM   #11
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Pink Floyd Inside Out by Nicky Mason
bout some pretty good olde band by playboy drummer himself

lives of john lennon by albert goldman

-truth , rock'n'roll and the beatles

Saucerful of Secrets : The Pink Floyd Odyssey
by Nicholas Schaffner

best book there is about da band
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Old 08-18-2005, 06:33 AM   #12
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No One Here Gets Out Alive-it's about Jim Morrison
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Old 08-18-2005, 07:17 AM   #13
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It's not about rock music, but one of the best music books I've read recently is Rip It Up and Start Again by Simon Reynolds. If you're at all interested in post-punk music (Joy Division, The Fall, PiL etc) I definitely recommend this book.
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Old 08-18-2005, 07:52 AM   #14
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The Dirt - Motley Crue biography
Black vinyl, white powder (it's called something like that, I'm not quite sure) is a pretty good book about the music industry...
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Old 08-18-2005, 09:15 AM   #15
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Originally posted by MrsSpringsteen
No One Here Gets Out Alive-it's about Jim Morrison
If you're going to read about The Doors I'd recommed "Riders on the Storm" by John Densmore or "Strange Days" by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison. Neil McCormick's "I Was Bono's Doppelganger" is completely fantastic. Dave Navarro's memoir is good but really sad in parts. "Dark Horse" about George Harrison is a short, interesting read.

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