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Rock and Roll Heaven: A Fascinating Guide to Musical Icons Who Have Joined the Great Gig in the Sky Hardcover – 1 Nov 2007
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Rock & Roll Heaven is a fascinating look at over 100 of popular musicÂs most famous fatalities, from legendary rockers who lived fast and died young to tragic and self-destructive poet-musicians.
Discover whose body was washed up at the foot of Beale Street, home of the blues. Find out why country legend Gram ParsonsÂ corpse was stolen. Read about the grisly coincidence that links Keith Moon and Mama Cass.
Artist portraits feature career highlights along with details of their untimely demise, accompanied by stunning photographs.
This is your graveside guide to the final days of some of popular musicÂs legends. Featuring 120 late-but-great icons that have knocked on heavenÂs door or driven down the highway to hell, each entry includes a revealing account of the starÂs death, along with a wealth of fascinating facts and tantalizing trivia. HereÂs how the end came for . . .
Buddy Holly . . .Died Feb. 3, 1959 . . . Cause: plane crash
Sam Cooke . . .Died Dec. 11, 1964 . . .Cause: gunshot
Jimi Hendrix . . . Died Sept. 18, 1970 . . . Cause: asphyxiation
Janis Joplin . . .Died Oct. 4, 1970 . . .Cause: drug overdose
ÂMamaÂ Cass Elliot . . .Died July 29, 1974 . . .Cause: heart attack
John Lennon . . .Died Dec. 8, 1980 . . . Cause: gunshot
Marvin Gaye . . .Died Dec. 28, 1983 . . . Cause: gunshot
Jeff Buckley . . .Died May 29, 1997 . . .Cause: drowned
YouÂll get inside stories on these tragedies and many more in Rock & Roll Heaven.
Robert Dimery is a freelance writer and editor who has worked on several books covering the rock music scene. He has worked for a variety of magazines, including London Time Out and Vogue.
Bruno MacDonald has edited and contributed to many books and magazines that cover pop music and its celebrities.
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The authors certainly go for the titillating, but if the chapter on Florence Ballard (of the original Supremes) is any indication, they are not known for doing an accurate job. The two photos they use of Florence Ballard are clearly photos of Cindy Birdsong, who replaced Florence Ballard, not of Florence. Shame on these people for doing such a sloppy job.
Mary Wells was not covered at all in this book, which I feel is an insult to her memory.
Save your money, you'll do better with internet searches on your favorite stars - better photos, definitely more accurate info. It's pretty obvious that these "authors" simply were out to make a quick buck, using stock photos of the net, second hand info off the net, etc.