Are you looking for some great books to read this holiday season? Do you love rock music and want to learn more about its history, culture and legends? If so, you are in luck! There are many books that cater to rock fans of all tastes and preferences. Whether you are into classic rock, punk rock, metal, grunge or alternative, there is a book for you. Here are 10 books for rock fans that you should check out this Christmas.
Best Books for Rock Fans this Christmas
- The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Mötley Crüe with Neil Strauss
- Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout by Laura Jane Grace
- White Line Fever: The Autobiography by Lemmy Kilmister
- Life by Keith Richards
- Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
- Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga by Stephen Davis
- Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis with Larry Sloman
- No One Here Gets Out Alive by Jerry Hopkins and Danny Sugerman
- Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain by Charles R. Cross
- Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
1. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Mötley Crüe with Neil Strauss
This is the ultimate rock biography, full of shocking, hilarious and outrageous stories from the members of Mötley Crüe. The band that defined the ’80s glam metal scene, Mötley Crüe lived a life of excess, debauchery and fame.
They also faced many challenges, such as addiction, lawsuits, accidents and deaths. Additionally, The Dirt is a candid and unfiltered account of their rise and fall, and their legacy as one of the most influential rock bands of all time.
2. Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout by Laura Jane Grace
This is a powerful and inspiring memoir from the lead singer of Against Me!, a punk rock band that challenged the norms of gender and sexuality. Laura Jane Grace was born as Thomas James Gabel, and struggled with gender dysphoria since childhood.
She came out as a transgender woman in 2012. She also documented her transition and her life as a musician, activist and parent in this book. Tranny is a raw and honest exploration of identity, expression and acceptance. This book is one of many books to read for rock fans.
3. White Line Fever: The Autobiography by Lemmy Kilmister
This is a witty and entertaining autobiography from the legendary frontman of Motörhead. They are a band that pioneered the fusion of heavy metal and punk rock. Lemmy Kilmister was a rock icon, known for his distinctive voice, bass playing, moustache and attitude.
He also had a fascinating life, from his early days with Jimi Hendrix and Hawkwind, to his decades of touring, recording and partying with Motörhead. Although, White Line Fever is a tribute to his life and his music.
4. Life by Keith Richards
This is a captivating and revealing autobiography from the guitarist of The Rolling Stones. They are one of the most influential and enduring rock bands in history. Keith Richards is a rock legend, famous for his guitar riffs, songwriting, style and survival.
He also has a lot of stories to tell, from his childhood in post-war England, to his adventures with Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood, to his encounters with drugs, women, music and the law. In fact, Life is a rich and colourful portrait of a rock icon. This book is one of many books to read for rock fans.
5. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
This is a groundbreaking and definitive oral history of the punk rock movement, told by the people who were there. Please Kill Me features interviews with hundreds of artists, journalists, managers, fans and scenesters.
They also share their memories, opinions and anecdotes about the origins, development and impact of punk. From the New York Dolls and the Ramones, to the Sex Pistols and The Clash, to the Stooges and the MC5, this book covers the whole spectrum of punk rock.
6. Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga by Stephen Davis
This is a classic and controversial biography of Led Zeppelin. They are a band that revolutionized hard rock and became a cultural phenomenon. Hammer of the Gods chronicles the rise and fall of the band, from their formation in 1968, to their domination of the ’70s music scene, to their breakup in 1980.
It also exposes the dark side of their fame, such as their drug use, sexual exploits, occult practices and violent incidents. Additionally, Hammer of the Gods is a thrilling and scandalous account of the greatest rock band of all time. This book is one of many books to read for rock fans.
7. Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis with Larry Sloman
This is a gripping and candid memoir from the lead singer of Red Hot Chili Peppers. They are one of the most successful and innovative rock bands of the modern era. Anthony Kiedis tells his story of addiction, recovery, creativity and love, with honesty and humour.
He also shares his insights into the music and the culture of the band, from their funk and punk influences, to their collaborations and conflicts, to their evolution and impact. Scar Tissue is a compelling and inspiring read for any rock fan.
8. No One Here Gets Out Alive by Jerry Hopkins and Danny Sugerman
This is a bestselling and influential biography of Jim Morrison, the charismatic and enigmatic singer of The Doors. No One Here Gets Out Alive traces the life and death of Morrison, from his childhood and education, to his formation and success with The Doors, to his exploration and experimentation with poetry, film, drugs and spirituality.
It also reveals the mystery and the legend of Morrison, who died at the age of 27 in Paris in 1971. Additionally, No One Here Gets Out Alive is a fascinating and haunting portrait of a rock icon. This book is one of many books to read for rock fans.
9. Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain by Charles R. Cross
This is a definitive and comprehensive biography of Kurt Cobain. He was the leader and the voice of Nirvana, the band that changed the face of rock music in the ’90s. Heavier Than Heaven draws from extensive research and interviews, to depict the life and the legacy of Cobain.
What’s more, it delves into his troubled childhood and adolescence, to his rise and fame and struggle with fame, to his addiction and depression and suicide. It also explores the music and the meaning of Nirvana, and their influence and impact on the rock scene and the culture. Heavier Than Heaven is a moving and insightful tribute to a rock legend.
10. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
This is a masterful and lyrical autobiography from the Boss, one of the most acclaimed and beloved rock stars of all time. Bruce Springsteen tells his story of passion, perseverance and purpose, with eloquence and grace.
He also shares his reflections on his music and his career, from his early days in New Jersey, to his breakthrough with Born to Run, to his evolution and success with Born in the U.S.A., to his reinvention and relevance with The Rising and beyond. Born to Run is a captivating and inspiring memoir from a rock icon. This book is one of many books to read for rock fans.
The Bottom Line
These are just some of the many books that rock fans can enjoy this Christmas. Whether you want to learn more about your favourite bands and artists, or discover new ones, these books will provide you with hours of entertainment and enlightenment.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab a book, put on some rock music, and have a rocking Christmas!