What are the best books on rock and roll?

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    #1The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band

    The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band

    The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band is an autobiography written by members of the American heavy metal band, Mötley Crüe. It tells of the band's birth and their rise to infamy.

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    Joan Parker
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "For a book about a storied rock band Mötley Crüe this book really misses the mark. We all know the rock star lifestyle can be full of parties, drugs, and other wild antics but it should also be about the music. If I didn't know the band before I read the book all I would really know at the end of the book was that the band likes to party. Some of these stories are pretty entertaining but they really do not show the band in a great light. Their music, which I love, was an afterthought and should have been the author's primary focus. If you want to read a book about music you'll be disappointed in this book."
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    #2Room Full of Mirrors

    Room Full of Mirrors
    Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix by Charles R. Cross features Hendrix's life from challenging childhood to his rise as a celebrity. It includes private letters, documents, and interviews as supplements.
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    Hannah Alvarado
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "I'm not sure this is one of the best books on rock and roll, because if it was I think it would have to include a lot more than just one person. This is more of a biography of Jimi Hendrix. It is a well written book with a lot of detail into the life of Hendrix. I really enjoyed reading about his life and the people he met and how he grew up. "
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    #3I, Me, Mine

    I, Me, Mine
    I, Me, Mine is an autobiography written by George Harrison himself, lead guitarist of The Beatles. It features some of his lyric-making, his musical journey, and photos with The Beatles. 
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    Grace Hopkins
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "I grew up listening to the Beatles and am fascinated by their talent and - continued - impact that their music has had on generations. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and learning more about George Harrison as he tells his own story of his life before, during and after being a member of the Beatles. It was entertaining and insightful."
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    #4The Beatles: The Biography

    The Beatles: The Biography

    The Beatles: The Biography by Bob Spitz features accounts on The Beatles' lives through researches, interviews, and other documents. It also contains 32 pages of black and white photos.

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    Nancy McDonald
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "Beatles are the classic of music. The photos are captivating in black and white."
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    #5Jim Morrison: Life, Death, Legend

    Jim Morrison: Life, Death, Legend
    Jim Morrison: Life, Death, Legend is written by Stephen Davis, a rock biographer. This features Morrison's journey from his troubled youth up to his rise as a rock icon, as well as Davis' investigation on Morrison's unsolved death.
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    Walter Moore
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "GOOD"
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    #6Please Kill Me

    Please Kill Me
    Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain features a history of pop movements, particularly punk rock and roll. This book received Time Out and Daily News Top Ten Book of the Year.
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    Larry Rivera
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "This book is a must read for anybody interested in the history of Punk Rock. I found Please Kill Me to be an incredibly engaging read. The interviews made me feel like I was reliving a part of music history. "
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    #7Scar Tissue

    Scar Tissue
    Scar Tissue is a New York Times bestseller memoir of Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers in collaboration with Larry Sloman. This book contains Kiedis' recollection of his life with the rock band.

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    Danielle Stanley
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "My kids best books on rock and roll is Scar Tissue he loves reading the book he say it is interesting to read the book because of where it is placed "
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    #8Slash

    Slash

    Slash is an autobiography written by Saul Hudson, popularly known by his stage name Slash , and Anthony Bozza. The book recounts Slash's life as a rock guitarist, as well as the controversies he faced. 

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    Lawrence McCoy
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "Absolutely great read. If your at all into rock or guitars this is worth picking up. Behind the scenes look at Slash's life and I learned so many things I had no idea even happened."
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    #9How to Be a Man

    How to Be a Man
    How to Be a Man: (and other illusions) is a book about the band Guns N' Roses written by Duff McKagan and Chris Kornelis. This book about the band Guns N' Roses was published on May 12, 2015 by Da Capo Press.
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    Carol Morales
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "How to Be a Man: (and other illusions) is a book about the band Guns and Roses.The cofounder of Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver, and Walking Papers shares what the hard-knock rock life has taught him about how to be a good dude (in spite of it all). It is well written is rated highly with 4.4 out of 5 stars."
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    #10Watch You Bleed

    Watch You Bleed

    Watch You Bleed: The Saga of Guns N' Roses is a book about the band Guns N' Roses written by Stephen Davis. This book about Guns N' Roses was published on August 26, 2008 by Gotham.

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    Allen Ye
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Watch You Bleed was not for me personally, but would be a great choice for someone who is passionate about rock and roll and/or the band Guns N Roses. It just didnt hold my attention at all! "
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    #11Appetite for Destruction

    Appetite for Destruction

    Appetite for Destruction: The Days of Guns N' Roses is a book about the band Guns N' Roses written by Danny Sugerman. This book about Guns N' Roses was published on July 1, 1991 by St. Martin's Press.

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    Andrea Franklin
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This looks so interesting. Not pricey at all, but gives information on the band. It wouldn't interest me at all to be honest, but I am sure its a great book written by Danny Sugerman. I know some people may find this interesting, but I am not that into the band, so I know that it wouldn't do anything for me at all."
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    #12My Appetite for Destruction

    My Appetite for Destruction

    My Appetite for Destruction: Sex, and Drugs, and Guns N’ Roses is a book about the band Guns N' Roses written by Steven Adler and Lawrence J. Spagnola. This book about Guns N' Roses was published on July 17, 2010 by It Books.

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    Walter Hart
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "If you like rock and roll,and you like to read about the self destruction of a rock and roller,then read this. It is a very honest book. Steven Adler survived his penchant for self destruction,which is good,but to me,it is not my cup of tea. Maybe it is because i am not a Guns And Roses fan,but this book is not a favorite."
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    #13Killing Yourself to Live

    Killing Yourself to Live

    Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story is a book about the band Guns N' Roses written by Chuck Klosterman. This book about the Guns N' Roses was published on June 13, 2006 by Scribner.

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    Cheryl Crawford
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "If we talk about rock and roll there is no more famous and recognized American band that Guns N 'Roses they are at the top of the genre so definitely this book that talks about their lives and their trajectory is a bestseller and a 5 star with great reviews"
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    #14The Beatles Anthology

    The Beatles Anthology
    The Beatles Anthology is written by The Beatles with Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr as well as Yoko Ono Lennon to share more details about their band. 
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    Brian Cook
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "The book is a large coffee style book, so it will be impossible for this to become bed-time reading, but this book is generously illustrated with many pictures never published before - apparently - as all three remaining Beatles at the time plus Yoko Ono agreed to give access to many matierials in their possession. I Like it though. it is a good read. "
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    #15John Lennon: The Life

    John Lennon: The Life

    John Lennon: The Life is the biography of the musician written by bestselling Shout! author Philip Norman wherein he reveals more information about Lennon based on untapped resources. 

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    Victoria Arenas
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This invites a very big debate of were the Beatles Rock and Roll or a pop band? John Lennon as a soloist certainly was never rock. It seems perhaps ill fitted to someone wanting rock and roll."
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    #16Guns N' Roses FAQ

    Guns N' Roses FAQ

    Guns N' Roses FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Bad Boys of Sunset Strip is a book about the band Guns N' Roses written by Rich Weidman. Guns N' Roses FAQ was published on April 1, 2017 by Backbeat Books.

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    Ann Lane
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Seems like this book has quite a few facts that are inaccurate"
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    #17The Gospel According to the Beatles

    The Gospel According to the Beatles

    The Gospel According to the Beatles is a biography written by music journalist and author Steve Turner which reveals the religious and spiritual ideals of the band that influenced them. 

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    Moisés Valdez
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "When I saw a book titled "The Gospel According to the Beatles," I groaned. My snap judgment, based on nothing but the title, was that it was the work of an apostate Christian who found that his own watered-down interpretations of Scripture were reflected in the music of the Fab Four. It turns out that the author, rock journalist Steve Turner (who also wrote "A Hard Day's Write," an excellent song-by-song history of the Liverpudlian quartet's canon), is a Christian. His goal is not to find Christian messages where there are none, but to examine the spiritual beliefs, most of which are in opposition to the Bible, that the Beatles expressed in song. And the Beatles, though kicking off their musical journey with innocuous but irresistible ditties like "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You," were unique among "pop" groups in that their music consistently expressed profound, if often misguided (to those who believe the Bible), philosophical and religious ideas."
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    #18In His Own Write

    In His Own Write

    In His Own Write is an autobiography written by John Lennon wherein he reveals more information and details about his life and being a musician. This includes an introduction written by Yoko Ono. 

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    Michelle Hall
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "In His own Write is a funny autobiography that seeks to enlighten the reader about the life of a musician in a humorous way. it may be difficult to understand and witty, and that is how it was intended to be. it is the best book on rock and roll."
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    #19John

    John
    John is a biography of The Beatles musician John Lennon written by his former wife Cynthia Lennon wherein she reveals the real things about the musician.  
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    Billy Bryant
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This book appears to be a very well reviewed and thoughtfully written book on the famous and influential rock and roll musician, John Lennon. What makes this more interesting is that it is written by his ex-wife, Cynthia. She gives this a unique take on his life from her perspective, and that makes this something that should appeal to even those who already have read other biographies similar to this one."
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    #20It's So Easy: and other lies

    It's So Easy: and other lies

    It's So Easy: and other lies is a book about the band Guns N' Roses written by Duff MckKagan. It's So Easy: and other lies was published on October 4, 2011 by Touchstone.

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    Francisco del Ángel
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "If you really like Rock and Roll music this a really informative book on that topic. It debunks myths about Guns N roses and it tells all of the information you will find interesting."
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    #21Reckless Road

    Reckless Road

    Reckless Road: Guns N' Roses and the Making of Appetite for Destruction is a book about the band Guns N' Roses written by Marc Canter. This book about Guns N' Roses was published on August 1, 2008 by Music Sales.

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    Linda Carpenter
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I was given the solution of Reckless Road: Guns N' Roses and the Making of Appetite for Destruction when searching for the best books on rock and roll. This is the perfect solution because it is about one of the most influential rock albums and bands."
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    #22Magic Circles: The Beatles in Dream and History

    Magic Circles: The Beatles in Dream and History

    Magic Circles: The Beatles in Dream and History is written by Devin McKinney wherein he reveals the secrets and history of the band and its impacts on the 20th-century culture. 

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    Leonardo Amador
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I love the Beatles! This book bills itself as a must-read for any Beatles fanatic, but honestly, maybe I'm just a big fan already but I got nothing out of it that I didn't already know. Any fan big enough to read this book already knows the information in it, and it's much too specific for anyone else to bother with. That's not to say it's bad, it's just middlish."
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    #23Nerd Girl Rocks Paradise City

    Nerd Girl Rocks Paradise City
    Nerd Girl Rocks Paradise City: A True Story of Faking It in Hair Metal L.A. is a book about the band Guns N' Roses written by Anne Thomas Soffee. This book about Guns N' Roses was published on September 28, 2005 by Chicago Review Press.
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    Lisa Bryant
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Nerd Girl Rocks Paradise City is one of the best books on rock and roll, it highlights the rockstar lifestyle of Guns N Roses and their meteoric rise to fame and their occasionally problematic behavior in the wild world of rockers. Highly entertaining."

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Best What are the best books on rock and roll
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock BandBooks 18 Paid
2Room Full of MirrorsBooks 15 Paid
3I, Me, MineBooks 12 Paid
4The Beatles: The BiographyBooks 9 Paid
5Jim Morrison: Life, Death, LegendBooks 7 Paid
6Please Kill MeBooks 6 Paid
7Scar TissueBooks 4 Paid
8SlashBooks 1 Paid
9How to Be a ManBooks 0 Paid
10Watch You BleedBooks 0 Paid
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