Focusing mainly on the events that took place between 1980 and 1986, American Hardcore: A Tribal History by Steven Blush portrays what actually happened in the hardcore punk scene. Just in that short period of time, many things happened in such profound and impactful ways.
Grunge Is Dead by Greg Prato (fully entitled Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music) is a brilliantly revealing book about grunge and Seattle music. It was written based on more than 130 interviews with the musicians and people who were actually in the scene. As a result, Prato successfully delivered an extensive oral history of Seattle underground music scene, pre and post grunge hysteria in the 90’s. From those massive interviews, Prato offered new perspectives on big names of that era such as Nirvana (and Kurt Cobain), Pearl Jam (and Eddie Vedder), Alice in Chains (and Layne Staley), the Melvins, Mudhoney, and many others.
A Heartbeat and a Guitar: Johnny Cash and the Making of Bitter Tears is an entertaining and enlightening book by Antonino D’Ambrosio. Originally published in 2009, the book digs into the rather unusual but powerful collaboration of Johnny Cash and folksinger Peter La Farge. The two musician worked together and released an album in 1964 entitled Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian. It was a quite controversial album at the time because it sounded the unfair and harsh treatment against native Americans.
Originally released in 2007, Slash Autobiography chronicles the journey of Saul “Slash” Hudson from his early childhood, his rock stardom era with Guns N’ Roses, until life after the band broke up. Co-written by Anthony Bozza, Slash reveals untold stories from his point of view. Many of those stories are from or related with the massive success of Guns N’ Roses and the outrageous lifestyle that came with it. Some of those stories might sound too much or a bit over the to. However, as the biography tagline says: “It seems excessive, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.”
Rock music lovers, keen guitar players, and passionate Black Sabbath fans must read the book Iron Man by Tony Iommy. Co-written with T.J. Lammers, it is a priceless autobiography revealing the life of one the most legendary guitar players. It sheds some light on his brilliant music, tales of drugs, Satanism, wild groupies surrounding him.
Classic journal of a classic era, I’m With the Band by Pamela Des Barres is a marvelous memoir by a former groupie. The book presents a lucid perspective on the heydays of rock and roll and how mad being a music fan can be.
It’s undeniable that Ozzy Osbourne is a rock legend. For some people, he is even a rock god! After so many years of craziness and success, the vocalist of Black Sabbath revealed his magnificent life journey. Together with author Chris Ayres, he delivered his brilliant and candid memoir (biography): I Am Ozzy (PDF).