Rock’n’Roll Bibliography

This bibliography is for use in my rock’n’roll history course. It is kind of subjective and, like all bibliographies, a work in progress. Feast on it as soon as you scroll by this picture of rockabilly star Ersel Hickey. Send news of my bibliographic omissions in the style below to wmckeen@bu.edu.

Everything about this picture of Ersel Hickey screams ‘rock’n’roll.’

Aaseng, Nathan. Bob Dylan: Spellbinding Songwriter. Minneapolis: Lerner Press, 1987.

Allman, Gregg, with Alan Light. My Cross to Bear. New York: Morrow, 2011.

Aldridge, Alan, editor. The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics. New York: Delacorte, 1969.

_______, editor. The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics, Vol. 2. New York: Delacorte, 1971.

Alpert, Jane. Growing Up Underground. New York: Morrow, 1981.

Altschuler, Glenn C. All Shook Up: How Rock’n’Roll Changed America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Amburn, Ellis. Dark Star: The Roy Orbison Story. New York: Lyle Stuart, 1990.

______. Pearl: The Obsessions and Passions of Janis Joplin. New York: Warner Books, 1992.

______. Buddy Holly: A Biography. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1995.

Amendt, Gunter. Reunion Sundown: Bob Dylan in Europa. Munich: Hobo Press, 1985.

Anderson. Annye, with Preston Lauderbach. Brother Robert: Growing Up with Robert Johnson. New York: Hachette Books, 2020.

Anderson, Dennis. The Hollow Horn: Bob Dylan’s Reception in the United States and Germany. Munich: Hobo Press, 1981.

Anson, Robert Sam. Gone Crazy and Back Again: The Story of Rolling Stone Magazine. New York: Doubleday, 1981.

Anthony, Gene. The Summer of Love. Berkeley, California: Celestial Arts, 1980.

Azerrad, Michael. Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana. New York: Doubleday, 1994.

Bacon, David, and Norman Maslow. The Beatles’ England: There Are Places I’ll Remember. New York: Nine HundredTen Press, 1982.

Badman, Keith. The Beach Boys: The Definitive Diary of America’s Greatest Band on Stage and in the Studio.  San Francisco: Backbeat Books, 2004.

Baez, Joan. Daybreak. New York: The Dial Press, 1968.

______. And a Voice to Sing With. New York: Summit Books, 1987.

Jimmy Nicol was a Beatle for an Australian tour because Ringo Starr had tonsillitis.

Baker, Glenn A. The Beatles Down Under: The 1964 Australia and New Zealand Tour. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Pierian, 1985.

Bane, Michael. White Boy Singin’ the Blues. New York: Penguin Books, 1982.

Bangs, Lester. Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung. Edited by Greil Marcus. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1987.

______. Mainlines, Blood Feasts and Bad Taste. Edited by John Morthland. New York: Anchor, 2002.

Barlow, William. Looking Up at Down: The Emergence of Blues Culture. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1989.

______, and Cheryl Finley. From Swing to Soul: An Illustrated History of African American Pop Music, 1930-1960. Washington, D.C.: Elliott and Clark, 1994.

Barnouw, Eric. The Golden Web: A History of Broadcasting in the United States from 1933 to 1953. New York: Oxford • University Press, 1968.

Bob Dylan not long after recording his album “Desire.”

Bauldie, John. Bob Dylan and Desire. Romford, England: Wanted Man Press, 1982.
_______. Wanted Man: In Search of Bob Dylan. London: Black Spring Press, 1990; New York: The Citadel Press, 1991. •

Bedford, Carol. Waiting for The Beatles: An Apple Scruffs Story. London: Blanford Press, 1984. •

Belz, Carl. The Story of Rock. New York: Oxford University Press, 1969.

Benjaminson, Peter. The Story of Motown. New York: Grove Press, 1979.

_______. Mary Wells: The Tumultuous Life of Motown’s First Superstar. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2012.

Berry, Chuck. The Autobiography.  New York: Harmony Books, 1987.

Berry, Jason, Jonathan Foose, and Tad Jones. Up from the Cradle: New Orleans Music Since World War II. Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press, 1986.

Berry, Peter E. “…And the Hits Just Keep on Comin’.” Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1977.

Best, Peter, and Patrick Doncaster. Beatle! The Pete Best Story. New York: Dell, 1985.

Blake, John. All You Needed Was Love: The Beatles After The Beatles. New York: Perigee, 1981.

The Velvet Underground

Bockris, Victor. Uptight: The Velvet Underground Story. London: Omnibus Press, 1983.

 ______. Keith Richards: The Biography. New York: Poseidon Press, 1993.

Boggs, Vernon W.  Salsiology: Afro-Cuban Music and the Evolution of Salsa in New York City. New York: Excelsior Music  Publishing Company, 1992.

Bogle, Donald. Brown Sugar: Eight Years of America’s Black Female Superstars. New York: Harmony Books, 1980.

Booth. Stanley. Dance With the Devil: The Rolling Stones and Their Times. New York: Random House, 1984.

_______. Rythm Oil: A Journey Through the Music of the American South. New York: Pantheon, 1991.

______. Keith: Standing in the Shadows.  New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1995.

Bordowitz, Hank, editor. Led Zeppelin on Led Zeppelin: Interviews and Encounters. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2014.

Bowden, Betsy. Performed Literature:  Words and Music by Bob Dylan. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1982.

Stax Studios in Memphis, now reconstructed and maintained as a museum.

Bowman, Rob. Soulsville USA: The Story of Star Records. New York: Schirmer, 1997.

Bragg, Rick. Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story. New York: Harper, 2014.

Bronson, Fred. The Billboard Book of  Number One Hits. New York: Billboard Publications, 1988.

Broven, John. Record Makers and Breakers: Voices of the Independent Rock’n’Roll Pioneers. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2009.

Brown, Mick. Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector. New York: Knopf, 2007.

Burger, Jeff, editor. Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen: Interviews and Encounters. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2014.

_______. Springsteen on Springsteen: Interviews, Speeches and Encounters. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2013.

Capouya, John. Florida Soul. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2017.

Carlin, Peter Ames. Catch A Wave: The Rise, Fall and Redemption of The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson. Philadelphia: Rodale, 2006.

Johnny Cash during his tenure at Sun Records in the fifties.

Cash, Johnny, with Patrick Carr. Cash: The Autobiography. New York: Harper, 1990.

Cash, Rosanne. Composed: A Memoir. New York: Viking, 2010.

Castleman, Harry and Walter J. Podrazik. All Together Now: The First Complete Beatles Discography, 1961-1975. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Pierian, 1976.

_______. The Beatles Again. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Pierian, 1977.

_______. The End of The Beatles? Ann Arbor, Michigan: Pierian, 1985.

Cartwright, Bert. The Bible in the Lyrics of Bob Dylan. Romford, England: Wanted Press, 1982.

Catone, Marc A. As I Write This Letter: An American Generation Remembers The Beatles. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Pierian, 1982.

Cepican, Bob, and Ali Waleed. Yesterday . . . Came Suddenly. New York: Arbor House, 1984.

Cerf, Christopher, editor. Help! New York: Random House, 1965.

Chapple, Steve, and Rebee Garofalo. Rock’n’Roll is Here to Pay: The History and Politics of the Music Industry. Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1977.

Charles, Ray, and David Ritz. Brother Ray: Ray Charles’ Own Story. New York: The Dial Press, 1978.

Charlton, Katherine. Rock Music Styles: A History. Dubuque, Iowa: William C. Brown, 1990.

Skip James was a country blues artist rediscovered by young fans in the sixties.

Charters, Sam. The Country Blues. New York: Rinehart, 1959.

Christgau, Robert. Any Old Way You Choose It. Rock and Other Pop Music, 1967-1973. New York: Penguin Books, 1973.

________. Rock Albums of the ’70s: A Critical Guide. New Haven: Ticknor and Fields, 1981.

________. Christgau’s Record Guide: The ’80s. New York: DaCapo Press, 1990.

Clapton, Eric. Clapton: The Autobiography. New York: Broadway, 2007.

Clarke, Donald, editor. The Penguin Encyclopedia of Popular Music. New York: Viking-Penguin, 1989.

Cogan, Jim, and William Clark. Temples of Sound: Inside the Great Recording Studios. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2003.

Leonard, Marshall and Phil Chess.

Cohen, Rich. The Record Men: The Chess Brothers and the Birth of Rock’n’Roll. New York: W.W. Norton, 2004.

Cohn, Nik. Rock from the Beginning. New York: Stein and Day, 1969.

_____.  Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: The Golden Age of Rock. London: Palladin Press, 1970.

Collins, Judy. Sweet Judy Blue Eyes (New York: Crown Archetype, 2011)

Cole, Richard. Stairway to Heaven: Led Zeppelin Uncensored. New York: Harper, 1992.

Coleman, Ray. John Winston Lennon. London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1984.

_______. Lennon. New York: McGraw Hill, 1984.

Collis, John. The Story of Chess Records. New York: Bloomsbury, 1998.

Corbett, John. Extended Play: Sounding Off from John Cage to Dr. Funkenstein. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 1994.

Stan Cornyn’s clever writing and marketing helped Warner-Reprise establish its identity.

Cornyn, Stan, with Paul Scanlan. Exploding: The Highs, Hits, Hype, Heroes, and Hustlers of the Warner Music Group. New York: Rolling Stone / HarperCollins, 2002.

Costello, Elvis. Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink. New York: Blue Rider, 2015.

Cott, Jonathan, and David Dalton. The Beatles Get Back. London: Apple Publishing, 1969.

Cott, Jonathan, and Christine Doudna, editors. The Ballad of John and Yoko. New York: Doubleday / Rolling Stone Press, 1982.

Cott, Jonathan. Dylan. New York: Rolling Stone Press/Summit Books, 1984.

The Country Music Foundation. Country Music and the Musicians. New York: Abbeville, 1988.

Courtney, Richard G. I Never Saw a Beatle. New York: Cross Bridges Press, 1986.

Cowan, Philip. Behind The Beatles Songs. London: J. Landesman, 1980.

Cox, Perry. The Beatles Price and Reference Guide for American Records. Phoenix, Arizona: Cox Miller, 1986.

David Crosby made the Hall of Fame with the Byrds and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Crosby, David, with Carl Gottlieb. Long Time Gone. New York: Doubleday, 1988.

Cross, Charles, editor. Backstreets: Springsteen, the Man and His Music. New York: Harmony Books, 1992.

Curtis, Jim. Rock Eras: Interpretations of Music & Society, 1954 1984. Bowling Green, Ohio: Popular Press, 1987.

Dalton, David. Janis. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1971.

_______, and Kenny Kaye. Rock 100. New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1978.

Dance, Helen Oakley. Stormy Monday: The T-Bone Walker Story. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press, 1987.

Dannen, Fredric. Hit Men: Power Brokers and Fast Money Inside the Music Business. New York: Times Books / Random House, 1990.

Dates, Jannette L., and William Barlow. Split Image: African Americans in the Mass Media. Washington, D.C.: Howard University Press, 1990.

Davies, Hunter. The Beatles: The Authorized Biography. New York: McGraw Hill, 1968 (revised 1978, 1981, 1985).

Clive Davis (center), when he was president of Columbia Records, with Santana.

Davis, Clive, with James Willwerth. Clive: Inside the Record Business. New York: Morrow, 1975.

_____, with Anthony DeCurtis. The Soundtrack of My Life.  New York: Simon and Schuster, 2012.

Davis, Edward E. The Beatles Book. New York: Cowles Communications, 1968.

Davis, Francis. The History of the Blues. New York: Hyperion, 1995.

Davis, Stephen. Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga. New York: William Morrow, 1985.

_____. Old Gods Almost Dead: The 40-year Odyssey of the Rolling Stones. New York: Broadway Books, 2001.

Day, Aidan. Escaping on the Run. Romford, England: Wanted Man Press, 1984.

De Blasio, Edward. All About The Beatles. New York: McFadden Bartell, 1964.

DeCurtis, Anthony, editor. Present Tense: Rock & Roll and Culture. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 1992.

_______, and James Henke with Holly George Warren, editors. The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll. New York: Random House, 1992. [Third Edition]

Canned Heat, a long-lived blues-rock outfit.

De La Parra, Fito, with T.W. and Marlane McGarry. Living the Blues: Canned Heat’s Story of Music, Drugs, Death, Sex and Survival (Nimpomo, Calif.: Canned Heat Music, 2000)

Del Buono, Robert. The Beatles: A Collection. Philadelphia: Robinson Associates, 1982.

Denisoff, R. Serge. Great Day Coming: Folk Music and the American Left. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1971.

_______. Sing a Song of Social Significance. Bowling Green: Bowling Green University Popular Press, 1972.

_______, and Richard A. Peterson, editors. The Sounds of Social Change: Studies in Popular Culture. Chicago: Rand McNally, 1972.

Densmore, John. Riders on the Storm: The Story of The Doors. New York: Delacorte Press, 1990.

De Somogyi, Mick. Jokerman and Thieves: Bob Dylan and the Ballad Tradition. Romford, England: Wanted Man Press, 1986.

DeTurk, David A. and A. Poulin Jr. The American Folk Scene. New York: Dell, 1967.

Alex Chilton was long a fixture in the Memphis music world, first with the Box Tops, then with Big Star.

DeWitt, Howard A. The Beatles: Untold Tales. Toronto: Horizon Books, 1985.

Dickerson, James. Going’ Back to Memphis: A Century of Blues, Rock’n’Roll, and Glorious Soul. New York: Schirmer, 1996.

Dickstein, Morris. Gates of Eden: American Culture in the Sixties. New York: Basic Books, 1977.

Didion, Joan. The White Album. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1979.

Diddle, Gavin. Images and Assorted Facts: A Peek Behind the Picture Frame. Manchester, England: The Print Centre, 1983.

Dixon, Robert, and John Goodrich. Blues and Gospel Records, 1902-1942, a Discography. London: Rust, 1969.

Di Franco, J. Philip, editor. A Hard Day’s Night: A Complete Pictorial Record of the Movie. New York: Chelsea House, 1977.

Di Lello, Richard. The Longest Cocktail Party: An Insider’s Diary of The Beatles. New York: Playboy Press, 1972.

Doney, Malcolm. Lennon and McCartney. London: Omnibus Press, 1982.

“Songs Our Daddy Taught Us” by the Everly Brothers is one of the most influential albums in rock’n’roll history.

Dodge, Consuelo. The Everly Brothers: Ladies Love Outlaws. Starke, Florida: CinDav Inc., 1991

Doggett, Peter. You Never Give Me Your Money: The Beatles After the Breakup. New York: HarperCollins, 2009.

Dolan. Marc. Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock’n’Roll. New York: W.W. Norton, 2012.

Dorman, James E. Recorded Dylan. San Francisco: Soma Press, 1982.

Dowley, Tim, and Barry Dunnage. Bob Dylan: From a Hard Rain to a Slow Train. New York: Hippocrene Books, 1982.

Dreau, Jean Louis and Robert Schlockoff. Hypnotist Collectors: An International Illustrated Discography. Paris: Media Presse, 1989.

Ducray, F., P. Manoeuvre, H. Muller, and J. Vassal. Dylan. Paris: Albin Michel, 1975. (Revised, 1978.)

The Ramones, left to right: DeeDee, Tommy, Joey and Johnny.

Duncan, Robert. The Noise: Notes From a Rock’n’Roll Era. New York: Ticknor and Fields, 1984.

Dundas, Glen. Tangled Up in Tapes: A Collector’s Guide to Tape Recordings of Bob Dylan. Thunder Bay, Ontario: SMA Services, 1987.

Dunson, Josh. Freedom in the Air: Song Movements of the 60’s. New York: International Publishers, 1965.

Dylan, Bob. Tarantula. New York: Macmillan, 1971.

______. Writings and Drawings. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1973.

______. Lyrics, 1962-1985. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985.

______. Drawn Blank. New York: Random House, 1994.

______. Chronicles, Volume One. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2004.

______. The Nobel Lecture. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2017.

_____, and Barry Feinstein. Hollywood Foto-Rhetoric: The Lost Manuscript.New York: Simon and Schuster, 2008.

Edwards, Henry. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. New York: Pocket Books, 1978.

Einarson, John, and Richie Furay. For What It’s Worth: The Story of Buffalo Springfield. New York: Cooper Square Press, 1997.

Gene Clark quit the Byrds, in part, because of a fear of flying.

Einarson, John. Tambourine Man: The Life and Legacy of the Byrds’ Gene Clark. San Francisco: Backbeat Books, 2007.

Eisen, Jonathan, editor. The Age of Rock: Sounds of the American Cultural Revolution. New York: Random House, 1969.

______. The Age of Rock 2: Sights and Sounds of the American Cultural Revolution. New York: Random House, 1970.

Emerson, Ken. Doo-dah!: Stephen Foster And The Rise Of American Popular Culture. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Da Capo Press, 1997.

______.  Always Magic in the Air: The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era. New York: Viking, 2005.

Epstein, Brian. A Cellarful of Noise. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1964.

Erenberg, Lewis A. Steppin’ Out: New York Nightlife and the Transformation of American Culture, 1890-1910. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1981.

Country singer-songwriter Hank Williams had a huge influence on rock’n’roll

Escott, Colin. Hank Williams: The Biography (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1994)

_____, editor. All Roots Lead to Rock: Legends of Early Rock’n’Roll. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1999.

_______, and Martin Hawkins. Sun Records: The Brief History of the Legendary Record Label. New York: Quick Fox, 1980.

_______. Good Rockin’ Tonight: Sun Records and the Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll. New York: St. Martin’s, 1991.

Eva, Lesley. The Beatles. London: Barnet Library Services, 1982.

Evans, Mike. In the Footsteps of The Beatles. Liverpool: Merseyside County Council, 1981.

______. The Art of The Beatles. New York: Morrow, 1985.

Ewen, David. All the Years of American Popular Music. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1977.

The Brill Building, a rock’n’roll songwriting factory

_______. The Life and Death of Tin Pan Alley: The Golden Age of American Popular Music. New York: Funk and Wagnalls Company, 1964.

Fast, Julius. The Beatles: The Real Story. New York: Putnam, 1968.

Fawcett, Anthony. John Lennon: One Day at a Time. New York: Grove, 1976 (Revised 1980, 1981).

Fenick, Barbara. Collecting The Beatles. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Pierian, 1982.

Ferris, William, and Mary L. Hart, editor. Folk Music and the Modern Sound. Jackson, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi, 1982.

Fiegel, Eddi. Dream a Little Dream of Me: The Life of ‘Mama’ Cass Elliot. London: Pan Books, 2005.

Flippo, Chet. Your Cheatin’ Heart: A Biography of Hank Williams. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1981.

______. On the Road with the Rolling Stones: 20 Years of Lipstick, Handcuffs and Chemicals. New York: Doubleday, 1985.

_______. Yesterday: The Biography of Paul McCartney. New York: Doubleday, 1988.

______. Everybody was Kung Fu Dancing: Chronicles of the Lionized and Notorious. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1991.

Elvis Presley at his home, Graceland, in Memphis

_______. Graceland: The Living Legend of Elvis Presley. San Francisco: Collins, 1993.

Fogerty, John, with Jimmy McDonough. Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music. New York: Little Brown, 2015.

Fong Torres, Ben. What’s That Sound?: Readings in Contemporary Music. New York: Anchor Books, 1976.

_______. Hickory Wind: The Life and Times of Gram Parsons. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1991.

Fox, Ted. Showtime at the Apollo. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1983.

Freeman, Robert. Yesterday: The Beatles, 1963-1965. New York: Henry Holt, 1983.

Friede, Goldie, Sue Winer, and Robin Titone. The Beatles A-Z: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. New York: Methuen, 1981.

Friedman, Myra. Buried Alive: The Life and Death of Janis Joplin. New York: William Morrow, 1973.

Friedman, Rick, editor. The Beatles: Words without Music. New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1968.

Frith, Simon. The Sociology of Rock. London: Constable, 1978.

______. Sound Effects: Youth, Leisure and the Politics of Rock’n’Roll. New York: Pantheon, 1981.

_______, and Howard Horne. Art into Pop. London: Methuen, 1987.

_______, editor. Facing the Music: A Pantheon Guide to Popular Culture. New York: Pantheon, 1988.

______. Music for Pleasure: Essays in the Sociology of Pop. New York: Routledge, 1988.

______, and Andrew Goodman, editors. On Record: Rock, Pop and the Written Word. New York: Pantheon, 1990.

______, Andrew Goodman, and Laurence Grossberg, editors. Sound and Vision: A Music Video Reader. New York: Routledge, 1993.

Fulpen, H. V. The Beatles: An Illustrated Diary. New York: Perigee, 1985.

The sonic assault known as the Ronettes

Gaar, Gillian. She’s a Rebel: The History of Women in Rock ‘n’ Roll. Seattle: Seal Press, 1992.

Gaines, Steven. Heroes and Villains: The True Story of The Beach Boys. New York: New American Library, 1986.

Gambaccini, Paul. Paul McCartney in His Own Words. New York: Flash, 1976.

Gans, Terry. What’s Real and What is Not: The Myth of Protest. Munich: Hobo Press, 1983.

Garbarini, Vic, and Brian Cullman, with Barbara Graustark. Strawberry Fields Forever: John Lennon Remembered. New York: Bantam, 1980.

Garland, Phyl. The Sound of Soul. Chicago: Henry Regnery, 1969.

Garofalo, Rebee. Rockin’ the Boat: Mass Music and Mass Movements. Boston: South End Press, 1992.

George, Nelson. The Michael Jackson Story. New York: Dell, 1984.

The Supremes

____. Where Did Our Love Go?: The Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound. New York: St. Martin’s, 1986.

______. The Death of Rhythm and Blues. New York: Pantheon, 1988.

______. Buppies, B-Boys, Baps and Bohos. New York: HarperCollins, 1992.

George-Warren, Holly. Janis: Her Life and Music. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2019.

Gillespie, Dizzy, with Al Fraser. To Be or Not to Bop: Memories — Dizzy Gillespie. New York: Doubleday, 1979.

Gillett, Charlie. The Sound of the City: The Rise of Rock and Roll. New York: Outerbridge and Dienstfrey, 1970. [Revised, 1983]

_______. Making Tracks: Atlantic Records and the Growth of a Multi-Billion Dollar Industry. New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1974.

Giuliano, Geoffrey. The Beatles: A Celebration. New York: St. Martin, 1986.

_______. Dark Horse: The Private Life of George Harrison. New York: Dutton, 1990.

_______. The Lost Beatles Interviews. New York: E. P. Dutton, 1994.

Gleason, Ralph J., editor. Jam Session: An Anthology of Jazz. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1958.

Jefferson Airplane

______. The Jefferson Airplane and the San Francisco Sound. New York: Ballantine, 1969.

Goldman, Albert. Elvis. New York: McGraw Hill, 1982.

_______. The Lives of John Lennon. New York: William Morrow, 1988.

Goldstein, Richard. The Poetry of Rock. New York: Bantam Books, 1969.

Goodall, H.J., Jr. Living in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Mystery. Carbondale, Illinois: Southern Illinois University Press, 1991.

Goodgold, Edwin, and Dan Carlinsky. The Compleat Beatles Quiz Book. New York: Warner Books, 1975.

Goodman, Fred. The Mansion on the Hill: Dylan, Young, Geffen, Springsteen and the Head-On Collision of Rock and Commerce. New York: Times Books / Random House, 1997.

_____. Allen Klein: The Man Who Bailed Out the Beatles, Made the Stones, and Transformed Rock’n’Roll. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2015.

Gordon, Robert. It Came from Memphis. Boston: Faber and Faber, 1994.

Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records

Gordy, Berry, Jr. To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown. New York: Warner Books, 1994.

Gray, Michael. The Art of Bob Dylan. London: Hamlyn Press, 1981; New York: Dutton, 1983

_______. Song and Dance Man: The Art of Bob Dylan. London: Continuum Press, 2003 (third revised edition)

_______, and John Bauldie, editors. All across the Telegraph. London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1987.

Green, John. Dakota Days. New York: St. Martin’s, 1983.

Greenwald, Matthew. Go Where You Wanna Go: The Oral History of the Mamas and the Papas. New York: Cooper Square Press, 2002.

Grossman, Lloyd A. A Social History of Rock Music. New York: David McKay Company, 1976.

Grove, Martin A. Beatle Madness. New York: Woodhill, 1978.

_______. Paul McCartney: Beatle With Wings. New York: Woodhill, 1978.

Gross, Michael. Bob Dylan: An Illustrated History. New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1978 [Revised, 1980.]

Guralnick, Peter. Feeling Like Going Home: Portraits in Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll. New York: Outerbridge and Dienstfrey, 1971.

_______. Lost Highway: Journeys and Arrivals of American Musicians. Boston: D. R. Godine, 1979.

_______. The Listener’s Guide to the Blues. U.S.A.: Facts on File, 1982.

_______. Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom. New York: Harper and Row, 1986.

_______. Searching for Robert Johnson. New York: Dutton, 1989.

_______. Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1994.

_______. Careless Love: The Fall of Elvis Presley. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1998.

_______. Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke.  New York: Little Brown, 2005.

Sam Phillips, founder of Sun Records

_______. Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock’n’Roll. New York: Little Brown, 2015.

Guterman, Jimmy. The Best Rock ‘n’ Roll Records of All Time. New York: Citadel Press, 1992.

Guthrie, Woody. Bound for Glory. New York: Dutton, 1943.

______. Seeds of Man: An Experience Lived and Dreamed. New York: Dutton, 1976.

______. Pastures of Plenty: A Self Portrait. New York: HarperCollins, 1990.
Guzek, Arno. Beatles Discography. Copenhagen: Guzek, 1976.

______, and C. Mattoon. Recordings of John, Paul, George and Ringo. Portland, Oregon: Gu Ma Productions, 1977.

Hajdu, David. Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Farina. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001.

Hamm, Charles. Yesterdays: Popular Song in America. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1979.

Hammond, John, with Irving Townsend. John Hammond on Record. New York: Ridge Press / Summit Books, 1977.

Hamontre, Patsy Guy. Elvis Presley: A Bio-Bibliography. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1986.

Hampton, Wayne. Guerrilla Minstrels. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1987.

Hannusch, Jeff. I Hear You Knockin’: The Sound of New Orleans Rhythm and Blues. Ville Platte, Louisiana: Swallow Publications, 1985.

Haralambos, Michael. Right On: From Blues to Soul in Black America. London: Eddison Press, 1974.

Haring, Bruce. Off the Charts: Ruthless Days and Reckless Nights Inside the Music Industry. New York: Birch Lane Press, 1996.

George Harrison

Harrison, George. I, Me, Mine. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1980.

Harry, Bill. The Beatles Who’s Who. New York: Delilah, 1982.

_______. Beatlemania: The History of The Beatles on Film. New York: Avon, 1985.

_______. The Book of Beatle Lists: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know and Never Thought Of About The Beatles. New York: Sterling, 1985.

_______. Paperback Writers: The History of The Beatles in Print. New York: Avon, 1985.

_______. Ask Me Why: The Beatles Quiz Book. New York: Sterling, 1986.

Hartman, Kent. The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll’s Best-Kept Secret. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2012.

______. Goodnight, L.A.: The Rise and Fall of Classic Rock — The Untold Story from inside the Legendary Recording Studios. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Da Capo Press, 2017.

Heilbut, Tony. The Gospel Sound: Good News and Bad Times. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1971.

Levon Helm

Helm, Levon, with Stephen Davies. This Wheel’s on Fire. New York: HarperCollins, 1993.

Hemenway, Robert. The Girl Who Sang with The Beatles and Other Stories. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1970.

Hentoff, Nat, and Albert McCarthy, editors. Jazz. New York: Grove Press, 1959.

Herdman, John. Voice without Restraint: Bob Dylan’s Lyrics and Their Background. New York: Delilah Books, 1982; Edinburgh: Harris Press, 1982.

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Gram Parsons pioneered country rock with the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers

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Little Richard recorded most of his classic rock’n’roll songs in New Orleans

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______. The Dustbin of History. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1995.

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______. Louie Louie: The History and Mythology of the World’s Most Famous Rock’n’Roll Song; Including the Full Details of Its Torture and Persecution at the Hands of the Kingsmen, J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI, and a Cast of Millions; and Introducing, for the First Time Anywhere, the Actual Dirty Lyrics. New York: Hyperion, 1993.

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Patti Smith

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_______, editor. Bob Dylan: The Early Years. New York: Da Capo Press, 1990.

Beale Street, Memphis

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Iggy Pop

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Martha Reeves (left) and the Vandellas

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______. Knockin’ on Dylan’s Door: On the Road in ’74. New York: Pocket Books, 1974.

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The Rolling Stones at Altamont

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Playwright Sam Shepard (left) and poet Patti Smith on the road with the Rolling Thunder Revue in 1975

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