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  1. Penelope Kara
    Penelope Kara at |

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

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  2. 5minutes
    5minutes at |

    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.

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  3. eatdogs
    eatdogs at |

    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.

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  4. Hestie BG
    Hestie BG at |

    Great list Theo!
    I actually have two of these.

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  5. Dennis
    Dennis at |

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

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    1. LoLo
      LoLo at |

      Not Rock N Roll, she’s pop

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  6. ParusMajor
    ParusMajor at |

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

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  7. mrclam
    mrclam at |

    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.

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    1. mrclam
      mrclam at |

      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.

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      1. LoLo
        LoLo at |

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

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  8. Fred
    Fred at |

    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)

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  9. Dennis
    Dennis at |

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

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