When it comes to music books, 2016 had something for everyone. From memoirs to anthologies to photo books and everywhere in between, here’ 11 of our favorite classic rock books from this year.
Your Song Changed My Life
We all have that song that was a game-changer, but what about some of your favorite artists? Your Song Changed My Life gets those stories from the likes of Jimmy Page, Michael Stipe, Dave Grohl and more.
Your Song Changed My Life: From Jimmy Page to St. Vincent, Smokey Robinson to Hozier, Thirty-Five Beloved Artists on Their Journey and the Music That Inspired It
From the Riser: A Drummer’s Perspective II
Photographer David Phillips released his second book in 2016 that focuses on world-renown drummers performing live. An absolutely stellar coffee table book for the drummer in your life.
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Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy
For the first time, Beach Boy Mike Love tells his side of being in one of the biggest groups in music history.
Motown: The Sound of Young America
“If you think you know the history of Motown, think again! There are some incredible stories and pictures in this collection.”
-Jim Monaghan, WDHA
Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
“Written solely by The Boss. No ghostwriters on this one. Bruce takes us on the journey from his humble beginnings, all of his hard work, his battles with depression, his father and beyond. A truly stunning memoir by a true icon.”
-Rich Russo, WDHA
“Hands down the best music book of 2016! Can’t wait for the movie!”
-Jimmy Steal, WRAT
“Funny, poignant, honest, serious, informative, entertaining. A brilliant read!”
-Terrie Carr, WDHA
Shock and Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy, from the Seventies to the Twenty-first Century
If you’re looking for an in-depth look at the beginnings and impact of glam rock, look no further.
Homeward Bound: The Life Of Paul Simon
One of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time tells his life story to author Peter Ames Carlin, one of the most acclaimed rock biographers of all time.
I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir
Brian Wilson is one of the most gifted minds in music history, so it goes without saying his memoir is just as incredible.
Phil Collins – Not Dead Yet: The Memoir
If you’re looking for a rock memoir that doesn’t hold anything back, look no further than Phil Collins’ Not Dead Yet.
Take a load off and read Robbie Robertson’s memoir. You won’t regret it.
The History of Rock & Roll: Volume One, 1920-1963
Written by NPR Fresh Air’s rock historian Ed Ward, this 416-page tome offers one of the best comprehensive accounts of rock history in recent memory. We can’t wait for volume two!
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniel. True story.