Contact Us

Top 5: Rock Biographies for Summer Reading

With a stretch of warm weather hitting the Capital Region, it almost feels as if summer is upon us.  Though, growing up in New York, I know enough not to get my hopes up or dust off all of my shorts just yet. But, being an avid reader and total rock nerd, I am getting my hopes up for the idea of a good rock book while hanging by the creek in my bathing suit, taking in the sun and some rock history.  I’ve read far too many but still not enough books in my lifetime, and have quite the collection of rock biographies.  I know that I’m definitely in the minority among my group of friends with my affinity for reading, but for those who share the same interest, here’s my Top 5 Rock Biographies!


Credit: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin Random House LLC
Credit: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin Random House LLC

1

“Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll” – Peter Bebergal

 

 

Written by Peter Bebergal, who some would consider a fringe writer (which is even acknowledged in the short author summary on the back cover), this book is a fantastic look at the evolution of Rock and Roll, and the role that the occult played.  The chapters span rock history including the likes of Bowie and Ozzy, and take a thorough and fascinating look at how the concept of the dark arts and the supernatural mutated rock in to the music that we now know.  As much fascinating and entertaining as it is informative, I was hooked in the first two pages.

Publisher: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin

 

Credit: HarperCollins Publishers
Credit: HarperCollins Publishers

2

“Hammer of the Gods”- Stephen Davis

 

 

I actually own one of the newer editions, with updated photographs, however the book was originally published in 1985.  It’s enthralling to read a history of one of the most influential rock bands.  If you want a good read, and a definite tell-all, covering the classic rock and roll lifestyle, this is the book for you.

Publisher: HarperCollins

 

Credit: HarperCollins Publishers
Credit: HarperCollins Publishers

3

“The Long Hard Road Out of Hell”- Marilyn Manson with Neil Strauss

 

 

Already a Marilyn Manson fan, I found a new level of appreciation after this.  It’s definitely not your run-of-the-mill PG biography, and encompasses everything you would come to expect of Manson, while shedding insight in to who he is and how he came to be.  Purely addicting.

Publisher: HarperCollins

 

Credit: Henry Holt and Company, LLC
Credit: Henry Holt and Company, LLC

4

“Petty”- Warren Zanes

 

 

A relaxed feel with truth and honesty, I appreciated reading about not just Tom Petty but the concept of a rock band as a whole.  Petty is an artist that I admire, I’ve seen live, and I enjoy all his music.  Yet somewhat enigmatic, I never knew too much about who Tom Petty is or was, and for that I truly appreciated this biography.

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

 

Credit: HarperCollins Publishers
Credit: HarperCollins Publishers

5

“Can I Say”- Travis Barker with Gavin Edwards

 

 

A must-read that transformed my perception of who I thought Travis Barker was.  Not just a drummer and not just a rock star, he truly has quite the story of ups and downs that reach extremes from his battle with addiction to his now infamous survival of a plane crash.

Publisher: HarperCollins

 

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://q103albany.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Rock-A-Holics quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Rock-A-Holics contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.