When it comes to music books, 2016 had something for everyone. From memoirs to anthologies to photo books and everywhere in between, here’ 11 of our favorite rock books from this year.
Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements
Made up of brand new interviews, anyone who’s a fan of this iconic alt. rock group needs to pick of a copy of Trouble Boys.
Your Song Changed My Life
We all have that song that was a game-changer, but what about some of your favorite artists? Your Song Changed My Life gets those stories from the likes of Jimmy Page, Michael Stipe, Dave Grohl and more.
Your Song Changed My Life: From Jimmy Page to St. Vincent, Smokey Robinson to Hozier, Thirty-Five Beloved Artists on Their Journey and the Music That Inspired It
Under The Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk
Chronicling the history of the L.A. punk scene from 1977-1982, Under The Big Black Sun features contributions from Henry Rollins, Exene Cervenka, Jane Wiedlin and countless other musicians who were living and breathing the scene.
Dark Days: A Memoir
The nightmare that was the manslaughter incarceration, trial and acquittal of Randy Blythe is highlighted in this incredible must-read for Lamb of God fans everywhere.
All These Things That I’ve Done: My Insane, Improbably Rock Life
Best known for his work on MTV, Matt Pinfield looks back on his really awesome career in music.
From the Riser: A Drummer’s Perspective II
Photographer David Phillips released his second book in 2016 that focuses on world-renown drummers performing live. An absolutely stellar coffee table book for the drummer in your life.
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A Perfect Union of Contrary Things
Maynard James Keenan is one of rock’s most unique figures, and for the first time, he opens up about his life, from his days in the Army, to attending art school to Tool’s early beginnings.
The History of Rock & Roll: Volume One, 1920-1963
Written by NPR Fresh Air’s rock historian Ed Ward, this 416-page tome offers one of the best comprehensive accounts of rock history in recent memory. We can’t wait for volume two!
Living Like A Runaway: A Memoir
Lita Ford opens up about her wild life in rock in this long overdue memoir.
Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout
One of the most intimate, personal books released in 2016, Tranny takes you on the journey of Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace and her experience of coming out as transsexual and her transition from living life as a man to living as a woman.
Total Chaos: The Story of the Stooges
Featuring a ton of rare, unseen photos, Total Chaos is the story of the Stooges as told by its last remaining original member, Iggy Pop.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniel. True story.