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46 Essential Rock Reads, as Told by the <i>LA Times</i>

46 Essential Rock Reads, as Told by the <i>LA Times</i>

Everybody whip out your bifocals, because this list of rock 'n' roll reads is a doozy. The LA Times recently asked itself if rock music and literature make a happy couple, and the answer was a resounding, resplendent yes. Not only are new interpretations of rock history and its effect on popular culture published every year, but for decades musicians have been writing stimulating autobiographies that chronicle their time in the biz. Check out the LA Times' list of 46 Essential Rock Reads, which includes such page-turners as Madonna's infamous Sex, Rob Sheffield's Love Is a Mix Tape, and Michael Azerrad's Our Band Could Be Your Life. [LA Times via: LHB]

 

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I really liked This Band Could Be Your Life, and I've been meaning to re-read it.

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I liked the movie version of High Fidelity more than the book.

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The first two alphabetical could easily be the first two overall. Aesthetics of Rock is great, provided you've taken acid beforehand.

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I really hated that Rob Sheffield book. Also I nominate Nick Kent's collection of profiles (The Dark Stuff) it's an entertaining read.

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I've heard bad things about the Sheffield book. I have it on my eMusic audiobook list, and I can't bring myself to "read" it. What didn't you like about it?

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I really liked Love is A Mixtape. He says some real stuff in there.

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jonathan lethem's "i don't love you yet" is a good novel about indie rock in LA before indie went mainstream.

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