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The 46 essential rock reads

September 1, 2009 | 12:25 pm

Do rock and books go together? That's a question we asked in August, and after a month's worth of posts on books and music, we think, well, duh. Here's our list of 46 essential rock reads, in alpha order by author. They'll rock your books off:

Michael Azerrad -- "Our Band Could Be Your Life"
Lester Bangs -- "Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung"
Stanley Booth -- "The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones"
Cecil Brown -- "Stagolee Shot Billy"
Jim Carroll -- "The Basketball Diaries"
Rich Cohen -- "Machers and Rockers"
Nik Cohn and Guy Peellaert -- "Rock Dreams"
Stephen Davis -- "Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga"
Don Delillo -- "Great Jones Street"
Pamela Des Barres -- "I'm With the Band"
Bob Dylan -- "Tarantula"
Richard Farina -- "Been Down so Long It Looks Like up to Me"
Steven Gaines -- "Heroes and Villains: The True Story of the Beach Boys"
Albert Goldman -- "Elvis"
Marcus Gray -- "Return of the Last Gang in Town"
Johnny Green and Garry Barker -- "A Riot of Our Own"
Peter Guralnick -- "Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley"
David Hadju -- "Positively Fourth Street"
Billie Holiday -- "Lady Sings the Blues"
Nick Hornby -- "High Fidelity"
Denis Johnson -- "Jesus' Son"
Camden Joy -- "The Last Rock Star Book"
Chuck Klosterman -- "Fargo Rock City"
Zachary Lazar -- "Sway"
John Lennon and Jann Wenner -- "Lennon Remembers"
Lydia Lunch and Exene Cervenka -- "Adulterers Anonymous"
Johnny Lydon -- "Rotten"
Madonna -- "Sex"
Greil Marcus -- "Lipstick Traces"
William McKeen (ed.) -- "Rock N Roll Is Here to Stay"
Dennis McNally -- "A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead"
Legs McNeil -- "Please Kill Me"
Richard Meltzer -- "The Aesthetics of Rock"
Philip Norman -- "Shout! The Beatles in Their Generation"
Joe Pernice -- "Meat Is Murder"
Frank Portman -- "King Dork"
Simon Reynolds -- "Generation Ecstasy"
Henry Rollins -- "Get in the Van"
Jon Savage -- "England's Dreaming"
Rob Sheffield -- "Love Is a Mix Tape"
Patti Smith -- "Babel"
Norman Spinrad -- "Little Heroes"
Mark Spitz and Brendan Mullen -- "We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of LA Punk"
Neil Strauss and Motley Crüe -- "The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band"
Ellen Willis -- "Beginning to See the Light"
Crystal Zevon -- "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead"

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Bob Dylan. Credit: Sony BMG Music Entertainment