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  • Penelope Kara

    As they say: sex, drugs and rock and roll! Great list and so interesting books, well done!!!

  • 5minutes

    I would’ve included “The Song Remains the Same” about Led Zeppelin and Sammy Hagar’s “Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock”, but otherwise, good list, if a little heavy on the late 80’s metal scene.

  • eatdogs

    As an honorable mention, I’d like to list Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991 by Michael Azerrad.

    Also any collection of reviews or stories written by Lester Bangs.

  • Hestie BG

    Great list Theo!
    I actually have two of these.

  • Dennis

    What about “Growing Old And Even Uglier” by Madonna?

    • LoLo

      Not Rock N Roll, she’s pop

  • ParusMajor

    Great list. I would add “Iron Man” by Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath).

  • mrclam

    Missing good ones from Greil Marcus, Lester Bangs, John Lydon, and my personal favorite, Full Moon, an hilarious account of Keith Moon’s life as told by his valet.

    • mrclam

      Edit: Missing good ones from Greil Marcus (Mystery Train, Lipstick Traces), Lester Bangs (Psychotic Reactions…), John Lydon (No Blacks, No Irish, No Dogs), Jon Savage (England’s Dreaming) Henry Rollins (Get in the Van) and my personal favorite, Full Moon, an hilarious account of Keith Moon’s life as told by his valet.

      • LoLo

        I agree, I would add Please Kill Me by Legs McNeil

    • Theodoros II

      I could only go by what I have read. I have also heard that John Lydon’s “Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs” is a true gem when it comes to Rock n’ Roll autobiographies, but I only bought it 2 days ago. It would be truly hypocritical to include books that I don’t have a personal opinion about. Maybe one day we could do a sequel list or something, with 10 more awesome Rock n’ Roll books 😉

      • ParusMajor

        A sequel would be nice. I’ve got a few more suggestions: “Hellfire” by Nick Tosches (it’s about Jerry Lee Lewis), “AC/DC: Maximum Rock & Roll” by Murray Engleheart, “Sun Records” by Colin Escott and Martin Hawkins and “Brown Eyed Handsome Man – The Life And Hard Times Of Chuck Berry” by Bruce Pegg.

  • Fred

    If the list was the most disturbing Rock & Roll book, it would have to include Lords of Chaos by Michael Moynihan. (Norwegian Death Metal scene)

  • Dennis

    What about “I Caught Maybelline At The Top Of The Hill” an autobio by Chuck Berry?