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12 Great Books About Rock

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Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung (Five Star)
Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung (Five Star)
"The Old Testament.  This leaves out a lot of Lester's enthusiasms (e.g.  Black Sabbath) but nobody else was ever so funny and passionate about bad music"
Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music
Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music
"The only Greil Marcus you'll ever need, unless you want to read one guy writing the same book about Dylan four or five times.  Important, but not as much as the above"
A Whore Just Like The Rest: The Music Writings Of Richard Meltzer
A Whore Just Like The Rest: The Music Writings Of Richard Meltzer
"Fantastically rude, irreverent, unsentimental and creative.  More readable by far than his much-touted 'Aesthetics of Rock'"
Rock and the Pop Narcotic: Testament for the Electric Church
Rock and the Pop Narcotic: Testament for the Electric Church
"THE best book about hard rock, because it's actually about the music.  Homophobic and weirdly redneck, but he's listened to everything and knows his stuff"
Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991
Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991
"Well-researched and sober accounts of some of the best bands in rock"
American Hardcore: A Tribal History
American Hardcore: A Tribal History
"Essential counterweight to the foregoing; a manic fan's-eye-view of many of the same bands.   A scary labour of love"
Get in the Van
Get in the Van
"The insanity that was hardcore from one of its dark princes; Rollins' own account of his journey into the maelstrom.  Brilliant photos too"
Diary of a Rock 'n' Roll Star
Diary of a Rock 'n' Roll Star
"Same genre, totally different experience.  Marvel as Hunter negotiates between VD-riddled groupies and sleazy hangers-on, bumping into Zappa and Bowie along the way"
The Beatles Anthology
The Beatles Anthology
"Yeah, it's cleaned up, but wouldn't you want to have the Gospel according to Bigger-than-Jesus?"
Crosstown Traffic
Crosstown Traffic
"Still the finest book on Hendrix, although unlike the Fabs the competition isn't very impressive.  Superbly written and intelligent"
Revolution In The Head: The Beatles Records and the Sixties
Revolution In The Head: The Beatles Records and the Sixties
"Fascinating, superbly researached and MacDonald writes like a dream, although I could do without his Decline-of-the-West riffs"
Magic Circles: The Beatles in Dream and History
Magic Circles: The Beatles in Dream and History
"Interesting counter-argument by American critic, with the typical US bias against the Sgt Pepper-era stuff.  Unusual, imaginative and well-argued"
Louie Louie
Louie Louie
"Predictable Rolling Stone corporate hack in authorship of fascinatingly demented study of uber-trash classic fury"