7 Books About Rock n’ Roll You Need to Read

By Saige Miller on September 26, 2019
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1. Journals by Kurt Cobain 

It’s no secret Kurt Cobain had a complex mind. Nirvana shaped a whole generation of rock music. Journals dive into Cobain’s mind. The pages are filled with lyrics, drawings, and writing from the musician.

2. Between a Heart and a Rock Place: A Memoir by Pat Benatar

Easily one of the most influential women in Rock n’ Roll, Pat Benatar tells her story. Benatar was the first female rocker to ever appear on MTV and she continues to be a hallmark in rock music. Read about the legend’s life, learn some fun facts, and deepen your appreciation for women in rock.

3. Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix by Charles R. Cross

A recount of Jimi Hendrix’s life is a must for rock music enthusiasts. The journey of Hendrix is a rollercoaster and this biography covers everything. Charles Cross doesn’t miss a single guitar riff telling Hendrix’s story.

4. Searching for the Sound: My Life with the Grateful Dead by Phil Lesh

The founding bassist of the Grateful Dead doesn’t hold back in his book recounting his time spent with the band. Phil Lesh dives into the sticky details of his life and how it helped mold one of the greatest bands of all time.

5. I Am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne

It all started when Ozzy quit his day job and decided to have some fun. John Osbourne shares how he transformed into Ozzy and the pleasure, pain, and patience it took to get there in his autobiography.

6. Life by Keith Richards

Living the original rock and roll life, Keith Richards opens up about his journey. Richards doesn’t leave anything out and somehow the Rolling Stones continue to a poster child for how rock music is done.

7. Joan Jett by Todd Oldham

Joan Jett had a love for music and wanted to share it with the world. Starting with her very first band at the age of 15, Joan Jett went on to be a rock n’ roll queen. Todd Oldham tells Jett’s riveting story about how she climbed to the top of the rock n’ roll ladder.

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