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Always Magic in the Air: The Bomp & Brilliance of the Brill Building Era Ken Emerson Paper [Order]
Imminently readable and filled with great stories about the New York songwriters & artists at the Brill Building.
All You Need is Love: And 99 Other Life Lessons From Classic Rock Songs Fornatale, Ayres & Fornatale Paper [Order]
All I know in life I learned from Elvis, Jimi and Mick.
American Top 40 with Casey Kasem (The 1970s) Pete Battistini Paper [Order]
The AT-40 expert with synopses, charts, ads and recollections of the show's first decade.
And Party Every Day: The Inside Story Of Casablanca Records Larry Harris Hard [Order]
Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: The Golden Age of Rock Nik Cohn Paper [Order]
A critical history of Rock's "golden age" from Haley to Hendrix.
Backbeat: Earl Palmer's Story Tony Scherman Paper [Order]
The legendary studio drummer and his work with the legends of New Orleans and L.A.
Battle Notes: Music Of The Vietnam War Lee Andresen Paper [Order]
A comprehensive look at the war and its effect on the music of the times (and vice-versa).
The Alan Freed Story: The Early Years Of Rock & Roll John Jackson Paper [Order]
The story of DJ Alan Freed, who coined the term "rock 'n' roll" and was virtually destroyed in the payola scandal of the late 50's. Learn the true story behind "American Hot Wax".
A Brief History of Rock and Roll Nick Johnstone Paper [Order]
Brief? It takes 320 pages top cover the seminal year 1956.
The British Invasion: The Music, The Times, The Era Barry Miles Hard [Order]
Covers not only the Invasion of music but of films, fashion and culture.
Bubblegum Music Is The Naked Truth: The Dark History of Prepubescent Pop, From the Banana Splits to Britney Spears Cooper & Smay Paper [Order]
We don't suddenly like rock music when we turn 13. There's has always been music for pre-teens that eases them into the more mature sounds. This book examines that music.
Canuck Rock: A History of Canadian Popular Music Ryan Edwardson Paper [Order]
Carolina Beach Music: The Classic Years Rick Simmons Paper [Order]
Catch That Rockabilly Fever: Personal Stories Of Life On The Road & In The Studio Sheree Homer Paper [Order]
Interviews with legends of rockabilly like Wanda Jackson, Crickets Jerry Allison & Sonny Curtis, Charlie Gracie and many more.
A Change is Gonna Come: Music, Race and the Soul of America Craig Werner Paper [Order]
Chicago Soul Robert Pruter Paper [Order]
Sixties soul music in the Windy City covered beautifully by Pruter. Highly recommended.
DooWop: the Chicago Scene Robert Pruter Paper [Order]
Companion to the above book. Specific to the Windy City, but fascinating.
The Blackwell Guide to Soul Recordings Robert Pruter Hard [Order]
Editor Pruter once did the same for for Goldmine magazine, so he knows what he's talking about.
Children of the Revolution: The Glam Rock Story 1970-1975 Dave Thompson Paper [Order]
As definitive a history as you can get of the genre.
A Critical History Of Soul Train On Television Christopher P. Lehman Paper [Order]
Fairly scholarly look at Don Cornelius, peace, love and soul.
Confessions Of a Dangerous Mind: An Unauthorized Autobiography Chuck Barris Paper [Order]
Originally released in 1982, well before the movie, the composer of "Palisades Park" and auteur of "The Gong Show" and other game shows gives us fact mixed with fiction and never tells us which is which.
Desperados: The Roots of Country Rock John Einarson Paper [Order]
From California Country to L.A. Rock, the evolution of groups like the Eagles.
Doo Wop: The Music, The Times, The Era Bruce Morrow Paper [Order]
Legendary DJ "Cousin Brucie" takes a look at not just the music, but the events that shaped our lives.
Rock And Roll... And The Beat Goes On Bruce Morrow Hard [Order]
A follow-up look at the '60s and early '70s.
Eleven Unsung Heroes Of Early Rock & Roll Dick Stewart Paper [Order]
Guys like Joe Ely of the Kingsmen, Davie Allan of the Arrows, Larry Knechtel, Sonny Curtis and more.
Feel Like Going Home: Portraits in Blues and Rock 'N' Roll Peter Guralnick Paper [Order]
Guralnick made his name with these books. This one concentrates on the Blues roots of Rock.
Lost Highway: Journeys and Arrivals of American Musicians Peter Guralnick Paper [Order]
This book concentrates on the Country roots of Rock.
Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom Peter Guralnick Paper [Order]
Just what the title says. Not an easy read, but worth the effort. Recommended.
Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970 David Browne Hard [Order]
A look at the end of the '60s in music and in culture.
Five Hundred 45s: A Graphic History of the Seven-Inch Record Spencer Drate Paper [Order]
Full-sized reproductions of classic paper sleeves.
45 RPM: The History, Heroes & Villians of a Pop Music Revolution Dawson & Propes Paper [Order]
The history of the little records with the big holes.
FM: The Rise & Fall of Rock Radio Richard Neer Paper [Order]
Despite the rather arrogant title (Rock radio existed before FM), this is a great look at the Progressive Rock Radio era.
Funk: The Music, the People & the Rhythm of the One Rickey Vincent Paper [Order]
With an introduction from George Clinton. A great assessment of funk music from Sly and the Godfather through Atomic Dog and beyond.
Garage Rock & Its Roots: Musical Rebels & the Drive For Individuality Edward James Abbey Paper [Order]
Tracing those roots from the '60s to today.
Girl Groups, Girl Culture: Popular Music & Identity in the 1960s Jacqueline Warwick Paper [Order]
The music & sociology of female vocal harmony.
The Girl in the Song: The Stories Behind 50 Rock Classics Michael Heatley Paper [Order]
From "Sweet Caroline" and "Peggy Sue" to "Fire And Rain" and "The Girl From Ipanema."
Go Cat Go! Rockabilly Music & its Makers Craig Morrison Hard [Order]
Golden Age of Rock Instrumentals Steve Otfinoski Paper [Order]
Good Rockin' Tonight: Sun Records & the Birth of Rock 'N' Roll Escott & Hawkins Paper [Order]
Memphis' Sun Records was the birthplace of much of Rock music. Here's the label's story, nicely told. Recommended.
Great Pretenders: My Strange Love Affair With '50s Pop Music Karen Schoemer Paper [Order]
The former music critic for Newsweek does some great interviews with Fabian, Pat Boone, Connie Francis, etc.
The Greatest Music Never Sold: Secrets of Legendary Lost Albums by David Bowie, Seal, Beastie Boys, Chicago, Mick Jagger, and More! Dan LeRoy Paper [Order]
The most-famous, never-released music ever recorded.
Guitar Towns: A Journey To The Crossroads Of Rock 'n' Roll Randy McNutt Hard [Order]
Examines the regional sounds from towns like Norfolk, Bakersfield and Muscle Shoals.
Hamburg: Cradle of British Rock Alan Clayson Paper [Order]
It wasn't just the Beatles at the Star Club. Germany was the minor leagues for aspiring British groups. Here's the story.
Heartaches By The Numbers: Country Music's 500 Greatest Singles Cantwell & Friskics-Warren Hard [Order]
Spotlight country's aesthetics and innovations via its 500 most influential tunes (though some are more pop than country).
The Hits Just Keep On Coming: The History of Top 40 Radio Ben Fong-Torres Paper [Order]
Not so much the music and the radio and jocks-- a great history of the early days.
Hold Me Closer, Tony Danza And Other Misheard Lyrics Charles Grosvenor, Jr. Paper [Order]
Yet another collection of "mondegreens"-- misheard lyrics.
Hotel California: The True Life Adventures of Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young, Mitchell, Taylor, Browne, Ronstadt, Geffen, the Eagles & Their Many Friends Barney Hoskyns Hard [Order]
A House On Fire: The Rise & Fall of Philadelphia Soul John A. Jackson Paper [Order]
Told with "brotherly love", it's the gamble-Huff and more story.
I Hear You Knockin': The Sound of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Jeff Hannusch Paper [Order]
A look at two dozen of the Crescent City's R&B legends and would-be legends.
Is Tiny Dancer Really Elton's Little John: Music's Most Enduring Mysteries, Myths and Rumors Revealed Gavin Edwards Paper [Order]
Urban myths of the rock world brought to light.
Inside Classic Rock Tracks Rikky Rooksby Paper [Order]
The stories behind many of your favorite FM classic tunes, concentrating of how they were written.
Johnny's Jukebox Trivia: 1,001 Fantastic Questions From The Golden Age of Rock and Roll John Robinson Paper [Order]
Jukebox Johnny is an oldies DJ who collected many of these questions from interviews with the actual artist.
King Of The Queen City: The Story Of King Records Jon Hartley Fox Hard [Order]
Ladies of Soul David Freeland Paper [Order]
Covering the lesser-remembered artists like Carla Thomas, Barbara Mason and Timi Yuro.
Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Legendary Neighborhood Michael Walker Paper [Order]
The Legendary Joe Meek: The Telstar Man McNutt & Kennedy Paper [Order]
The life of the legendary British producer, whose tragic life in some ways parallels Phil Spector's.
Little Labels-- Big Sounds: Small Record Companies and the Rise of American Music McNutt & Kennedy Paper [Order]
Some of these labels you've heard of, others are obscure, but all contributed to the best of rock 'n' roll.
Little Stars: Wishing Upon The Rock 'n' Roll Dream Jerry Miller Hard [Order]
50 stories of groups like the McCoys, with brief but memorable careers.
Liverpool: Music From Cavern To Cream Paul Du Noyer Hard [Order]
Lonely Avenue: The Unlikely Life & Times of Doc Pomus Alex Halberstadt Hard [Order]
The amazing story of the legendary songwriter who gave us "Suspicion"< "Save The Last Dance"< "Hushabye", "This Magic Moment" and so many Elvis hits.
Lost In The Grooves Cooper & Smay Paper [Order]
The Man Behind the Music: The Legendary Carl Davis Carl Davis Paper [Order]
Chicago's legendary soul producer with tales from the '60s & '70s, including what really happened at Brunswick Records.
Memphis Beat: The Life & Times of America's Musical Crossroads Larry Nager Hard [Order]
From blues to rock, W.C. Handy to Elvis to Otis and more.
Memphis Boys: The Story Of American Studios Roben Jones Hard [Order]
The story of Chips Moman and Memphis' third legendary studio (after Sun and Stax).
Motown: Music, Money, Sex & Power Gerald L. Posner Paper> [Order]
Which could be called "Motown: The Not-So-Golden Years". It's pretty much an indictment of Barry Gordy, Jr.
Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'N' Roll Music Greil Marcus Paper [Order]
Considered a Rock classic. Now in a new edition with revised discography (including CD's). A must!
The New Book of Rock Lists Marsh & Bernard Paper [Order]
From the '10 Worst Performers of All Time' to the '10 Best Songwriters', it's all pretty subjective.
1950s Radio in Color: The Lost Photographs of Deejay Tommy Edwards Christopher Kennedy Hard [Order]
Gorgeous color pix of your fave pioneering artists all taken by the Cleveland DJ.
1000 Songs that Rock Your World: From Rock Classics to one-Hit Wonders, the Music That Lights Your Fire Dave Thompson Paper [Order]
No one's saying you have to listen to them before you die, but it's a great place to start.
The Oracle of Del-Fi Bob Keane Paper [Order]
The man who ran Del-Fi Records gives us the story of Ritchie Valens, Bobby Fuller and so much more.
A Perfect Haze: The Illustrated History of the Monterey International Pop Festival Kubernik & Kubernik Hard [Order]
Lavishly illustrated, with a forword by Lou Adler & afterword by Michelle Phillips-- who helped organize it.
A Piece of the Big-Time: My Songs, My Success, My Struggle For Survival Baker Knight Paper [Order]
Baker wrote many of Ricky Nelson's hits, as well as Elvis' "The Wonder Of You".
Please Please Me: British Pop From The Inside Out Gordon Thompson Paper [Order]
The Poet In Exile: A Journey Into The Mystic Ray Manzarek Paper [Order]
The Doors keyboardist writes a novel speculating what would happen if a rock star faked his death. Sound like anyone we know?
Precious & Few: Pop Music of the Early 70's Breithaupt & Breithaupt Paper [Order]
The title (from the Climax tune) tells you they know their music. Dividing the tunes into genres, they work their way through the first half of this overlooked decade.
Ready, Steady, Go: The Smashing Rise & Giddy Fall Of Swinging London Shawn Levy Paper [Order]
A cultural look at the mod world of 1966, not just in music.
Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock 'n' Roll's Last Stand in Hollywood Domenic Priore Paper [Order]
The rise & fall of "the strip" and the story behind "For What It's Worth".
Rock & Roll & the Cleveland Connection Deanna R. Adams Paper [Order]
612 pages that attempt to make the case that Cleveland is rock's birthplace.
Rock & Roll is Here to Stay William McKeen Hard [Order]
An anthology of great rock writing.
Rock Around The Clock: The Record That Started the Rock Revolution Dawson & Whitcomb Paper [Order]
What a thorough investigation into a seminal song!
Rock Chicks: The Hottest Female Rockers from the 1960s to Now Alison Stieven-Taylor Paper [Order]
Rock Stars Do the Dumbest Things Moser & Crawford Paper [Order]
Just what you'd expect and they do in this collection of wacky anecdotes.
A Rocket In My Pocket: The Hipster's Guide To Rockabilly Music Max Decharne Paper [Order]
A great primer on the subject from the acclaimed Mojo writer.
The Rockin' '50s: The People Who Made the Music Brock Helander Paper [Order]
The Rockin' '60s: The People Who Made the Music Brock Helander Paper [Order]
Rock Lyrics: 50s, 60s, 70s Trivia Quiz Book Presley Love Paper [Order]
Rockabilly: The Twang Heard 'Round the World: The Illustrated History Michael Dregni Hard [Order]
A Rocket in My Pocket: The Hipster's Guide to Rockabilly Music Max Decharne Paper [Order]
The Mojo writer traces the genre to its Memphis roots.
Setting The Record Straight: The Music & Careers of Recording Artists from the 1950s and Early 1960s Anthony P. Musso Paper [Order]
The story behind fifty artists, in their own words.
Setting The Record Straight: The Music & Careers of Recording Artists from the 1950s and Early 1960s Volume 2 Anthony P. Musso Paper [Order]
More, more, more.
Sh-Boom: The Explosion Of Rock & Roll Clay Cole Paper [Order]
Great stories from the first decade of rock.
Sixties Rock: Garage, Psychedelic, and Other Satisfactions Michael Hicks Paper [Order]
Somewhat scholarly look at the genre as art.
The 60s: The Hits & The Trivia Ted Yates Paper [Order]
Includes a CD with actual interviews.
The 70s: The Hits & The Trivia Ted Yates Paper [Order]
Companion volume to the '70s (but no CD).
Songwriters On Songwriting Paul Zollo Paper [Order]
Expanded now, with 52 interviews of writers from Sammy Cahn to REM, including Paul Simon, Carole King, Bob Dylan and many more.
Soulsville U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records Rob Bowman Paper [Order]
The rise and fall of the company that gave us Otis Redding, Booker T and many others makes for fascinating reading.
The Sound of the City: The Rise of Rock and Roll Charlie Gillett Paper [Order]
Another long-time "history of rock" classic. Recommended.
Station to Station: The Secret History of Rock 'n' Roll on Television Marc Weingarten Hard [Order]
From Ed Sullivan to MTV and everything in between.
Stu Who? 40 Years of Navigating the Minefields of the Music Business Stu Phillips Hard [Order]
You may not know his name, but you know his work as a producer-- including three number one singles. This is the inside story of artists and labels, TV shows and movies.
Surf Beat: Rock 'n' Roll's Forgotten Revolution Kent Crowley Paper [Order]
Texas Music Koster, Patoski & Friedman Paper [Order]
Buddy Holly to Stevie Ray Vaughan and lots more in between that you won't know unless you're from Amarillo.
That Old Time Rock & Roll: A Chronicle of An Era 1954-1963 Richard Aquila Paper [Order]
Good to have it back in print. A loving look at rock's "golden age".
They All Sang On The Corner Philip Groia Paper [Order]
The "bible" of doo-wop music, with references to 700 groups.
This Is Your Brain On Music: The Science of a Human Obsession Daniel J. Levitin Hard [Order]
Though a bit scholarly, I've had several recommendations for this book on why specific music appeals to us.
Tomorrow Never Knows: Rock & Psychedelics In the 1960s Nick Bromell Paper [Order]
A Touch of Classic Soul: Soul Singers of the Early 70's Marc E. Taylor Paper [Order]
A Touch of Classic Soul 2: The Late 70's Marc E. Taylor Paper [Order]
Turn! Turn! Turn!: The '60s Folk-Rock Revolution Richie Unterberger Paper [Order]
Eight Miles High: Folk-Rock's Flight From Haight Ashbury to Woodstock Richie Unterberger Paper [Order]
Unknown Legends of Rock 'N Roll Richie Unterberger Paper [Order]
Urban Spacemen & Wayfaring Strangers: Overlooked Innovators & Eccentric Visionaries of 60's Rock Richie Unterberger Paper [Order]
TV A Go-Go: Rock On TV From American Bandstand to American Idol Jake Austen Paper [Order]
Vic Flick, Guitarman Vic Flick Paper [Order]
The fascinating story of the British studio musician and leader of the John Barry 7. As the title says, "From James Bond to the Beatles to Beyond"...
Vinyl Junkies: Adventures in Record Collecting Brett Milano Paper [Order]
We Gotta Get Out Of This Place: The True, Tough Story Of Women In Rock Gerri Hirshey Paper [Order]
Not just the oldest era, this is a comprehensive look at women in all genres.
When We Get To Surf City Bob Greene Hard [Order]
Sub-titled "A Journey Through America In Pursuit of Rock & Roll, Friendship And Dreams".
Where Have All the Pop Stars Gone? -- Volume 1 Childs & Marsh Paper [Order]
Conversations with the artists or those close to them, including Peter Noone, the Kingston Trio, the Association, Chris Montez & the Zombies.
Where Have All the Pop Stars Gone? -- Volume 2 Childs & Marsh Paper [Order]
21 more artist conversations, including Bobby Goldsboro, the Buckinghams and Ray Stevens.
Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton & Me Boyd & Junor Hard [Order]
Pattie "Layla" Boyd (yes, Eric wrote the song about her) tells of her marriages to both musicians.
The Year The Music Died 1964-1972: A Commentary on the Best Era of Pop Music, and an Irreverent Look at the Musicians and Social Movements of the Time Dwight Rounds Paper [Order]
Information, stories, trivia, and photos relating to the "golden era" of pop music.
You Only Rock Once: My Life in Music Jerry Blavat Paper [Order]
The "Geator With The Heater" paints a fascinating portrait of early rock, top 40 radio and its characters.

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