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A great book: Precious M by Henry Wojturski

Writers digest called:

A rock-n-roll romance with a twist. A look into the hard, wild world of sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. A realistic look into the life of working musicians.

Q 104.3 NY's classic rock radio station called: A stereotypical view of rock-n-roll. The author

so alot of passion for his characters. A great read.

http://precious-m.tripod.com

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Not just a story of Bill Graham's life but a rich history of rock n' roll as well as he was there for so much of it. Very highly recommended.

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A book I read that I loved was "Heavy Load" by David Clayton and Todd K. Smith about my favorite band Free.

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No One Here Gets Out Alive - Danny Sugerman (about Jim Morrison and The Doors in case you didn't know).

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Inside Out: A Personal History Of Pink Floyd - Nick Mason

I've had it for a while but only started reading it recently, I recommend it.

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Rip It Up and Start Again: Post Punk 1978-1984

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Just getting into it but so far a good read and a refreshingly unbiased view of post punk.

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Not including any Zep books, I still recommend these:

I Me Mine - George Harrison

No Commercial Potential - David Walley (section on early Zappa and the scene he was a part of is interesting)

A Journey Through America With The Rolling Stones - Greenfield

The Beatles - Hunter Davies

Deep Blues: A Musical and Cultural History of the Mississippi Delta - Robert Palmer

The Age of Rock - Eisen

We have an entire shelf of music and rock books and I know I've omitted many here.

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The Passions of Great Fortune - Roy Harper.

It's about his lyrics, but it's kinda like "I Me Mine" by George Harrison, but more expensive and has less information, but what he does say is very interesting. Great :)

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Great bio of Marley by the late, great Mr. Timothy White. I haven't read the newest edition (pictured above) but it includes some updated info, including an expanded discography. A must for any fan of Marley and/or reggae.

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'My Fifty Fretting Years' by Ivor Mairants (get it thru Mel Bay)

He knew most of the guitar greats.

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Are we avoiding Zep? I want to way in for Led Zeppelin Live by Luis Reyes. That book guided me in my bootleg collecting mania and helped turn me from a fan to a lunatic fan.

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For those that are interested.... this 992 page tome is now available at Barnes & Noble. ( I got it at an after-Holiday Sale fro just $7.98....but the sale is now over...)

I particularly enjoyed reading about The Beatles first meeting with Bob Dylan in 1964 in NYC. You know, where Dylan got the Boys to go "Herbal", instead of Pharamacuetical..

Check it out!

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I have a very early edition of the Harmony Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock n' Roll (not the one depicted above) with Pink Floyd on the cover. I picked up an edition or two after the first copy I found in the late 70s but none seemed to be as good as the first. As you might suspect, a huge problem with these type of tomes is staying up to date with all the latest info concerning releases, shifting band lineups, break ups, etc. The first edition has it's share of mistakes but it seems like subsquent editions began to fail miserably on this front, as if some of them hadn't been proofread at all. That said, the first edtion (though now severely outdated) is well worth seeking out. It's a British publication and in that sense is a bit slighted towards the coverage of U.K. artists but overall, it is one of the best rock n' roll reference books I have ever had the pleasure to read.

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I'll tell you one you really don't want to read. Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis. The whole book is essentially about all the blow jobs he got and all the times he got to cop a feel in high school. Riveting stuff not so much. :P

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I'll tell you one you really don't want to read. Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis. The whole book is essentially about all the blow jobs he got and all the times he got to cop a feel in high school. Riveting stuff not so much. :P

Right.... I actually never liked the RHCP. I never saw what all the "fuss" was about. They were 3rd on the bill for a Metallica/Gun&Roses show I saw in the 90's.... YAWN . . .

But, if I ever need the druggie son of a druggie father to tell me about life....I know where to go !

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Haha yeah. I actually do like them, but Anthony Kiedis has no discernable musical talent. The rest of the guys can really play their instruments, though. Too bad they don't have a good vocalist.

I like John Frusciante's solo stuff. He should be the vocalist. Even Flea would be better.

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