Some Great Rock Reading For Summer 2020!
Inside or outside. By the pool or just keeping cool. Nobody enjoys kicking back with a good book during the summer months as much as I do! I thought I’d share some really good Rock Biographies with y’all, since that’s pretty much all I read.
When it comes to jaw-dropping, crazy behavior, nothing competes with our favorite rock ‘n’ roll heroes. Whether it’s driving limousines into swimming pools, snorting their dad’s ashes, or tossing televisions off hotel balconies, the bad behavior it legendary! And it’s a lot of fun to read about. Oh, and there’s all that music, too.
1. Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself” – It’s as insane as you think it is.
2. “Face It” by Debbie Harry – The face and voice of Blondie tells the stories you haven’t heard yet.
3. “Glow” by Rick James – Are you kidding? From crazy nights with Tanya Tucker to some “very kinky girls” the Master of Funk will make you blush!
4. Elton John’s “Me” – Elton John saved the really wild stuff for this book. The movie doesn’t even come close!
5. “Ghost Rider” by Neil Peart – This one isn’t all about sex and drugs, but it might be the best book on this list. Neil lost his daughter in a car accident. Then his wife died of cancer less than a year later. So, the Rush drummer hit the road on a motorcycle. All over North and South America, alone with his grief. The Professor is usually very private, but he shares his deepest thoughts here. Very compelling.
6. Gregg Allman’s “My Cross to Bear” – Back to the crazy life! Gregg tells all the stories about his wild years with The Allman Brothers.
7. “I Am Brian Wilson” – Poor Brian! And what a genius. This is a fantastic read, I highly recommend this one, even if you’re only casual Beach Boys fan.
8. “Me, The Mob, And The Music” by Tommy James – You’re heard me talk about this book on Saturday Night Solid Gold, if you’re a listener. Sometimes a “hit” means something very different if you’re tied in with the Mafia! Careful out there.
9. David Lee Roth’s “Crazy From the Heat” – He writes like he rambles! It;s fun and hilarious, nd there’s no shortage of late-night lunacy with, and without, Van Halen.
10. “The Autobiography” by Chuck Berry – What else do you need to know?
-honorable mention- “Moonage Daydream” by David Bowie – Not so much a memoir as a big, awesome, colorful coffee-table book with pictures by Mick Rock and text by David Bowie.
Have a groovy summer, and happy reading!
(inspired by Rob Sheffield at RollingStone.com)