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11 Great Classic Rock Books from 2016

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

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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.

Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy

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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

Motown: The Sound of Young America

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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

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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.

Shock and Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy, from the Seventies to the Twenty-first Century

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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.

Homeward Bound: The Life of Paul Simon

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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.

I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir

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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.

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Take a load off and read Robbie Robertson’s memoir.  You won’t regret it.


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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!

The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 1: 1920-1963

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniel.  True story.