Music Books

Moving from an aural to a written approach – some of the books kept in the music room.


  • Walk This Way: The Autobiography Of Aerosmith by Aerosmith and Stephen Davis

The Beatles

  • The Beatles: 10 Years That Shook the World by Paul Trynka


  • Chasin’ That Devil Music: Searching for the Blues by Gayle Wardlow


  • Last Train To Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick
  • Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick


  • 1000 Record Covers by Michael Ochs, Taschen
  • 1001: Albums You Must Hear Before You Die by Robert Dimery
  • My Kind Of Sound: The Secret History of Chicago Music Compendium by Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow)
  • Rare Record Price Guide 2014 by Ian Shirley
  • The Long-Player Goodbye: The Album from Vinyl to IPod and Back Again by Travis Elborough


  • The Saga of Hawkwind by Carol Clerk

Ian Dury

  • Sex & Drugs & Rock ‘N’ Roll: The Life of Ian Dury by Richard Balls

Iggy Pop

  • Iggy Pop: Open Up And Bleed: The Biography by Paul Trynka


  • Japrocksampler: How the Post-war Japanese Blew Their Minds on Rock ‘n’ Roll by Julian Cope

Joe Strummer

  • Redemption Song: The Definitive Biography of Joe Strummer by Chris Salewicz

John Lee Hooker

  • Boogie Man: The Adventures of John Lee Hooker in the American Twentieth Century by Charles Shaar Murray

John Peel

  • Margrave Of The Marshes by John Peel
  • The Olivetti Chronicles by John Peel

Johnny Thunders

  • Johnny Thunders: In Cold Blood by Nina Antonia

Keith Moon

  • Dear Boy: The Life of Keith Moon by Tony Fletcher


  • Future Days: Krautrock and the Building of Modern Germany by David Stubbs


  • Ace Records: Labels Unlimited by David Stubbs

Led Zepplin

  • Hammer of the Gods: Led Zeppelin Unauthorised by Stephen Davis

Lou Reed

  • Lou Reed: The Life by Mick Wall


  • Endless Trip by Richard Morton Jack
  • Fuzz Acid and Flowers Revisited by Vernon Joynson


  • Popcorn: Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll Movies by Garry Mulholland
  • Rock Albums of the Seventies by Robert Christgau
  • The Heart of Rock & Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made by Dave Marsh
  • Unknown Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll by Richie Unterberger
  • What about Us? A Rocklopaedia of Britain’s Other Recording Groups 1962-1966 by Bruce Welsh

Rolling Stones et al

  • Life: Keith Richards by Keith Richards
  • Rolling Stones Worldwide Vol.1 : An Anthology of Original Singles & EP Releases 1963-1971 by Christoph Maus
  • The Rolling Stones Complete – Music and Lyrics 1963-1981