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The 27s: The Greatest Myth of Rock & Roll The 27s: The Greatest Myth of Rock & Roll Eric Segalstad

Contains the stories of Rock Stars who joined the "Forever 27" club by dying at asge 27. Charter members include Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison. The book goes on and describes the life and times of over 30 others who left us at 27. The 27s include crooner Jesse Belvin ("Earth Angel," "Goodnight My Love"), Rudy Lewis of the Drifters, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, Malcolm Hale of Spanky And Our Gang, Alan Wilson from Canned Heat, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Arlester Christian of Dyke And the Blazers, Jim Morrison, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan of the Grateful Dead, Pete Ham of Badfinger, Gary Thain of Uriah Heep, Roger Lee Durham of Bloodstone, Helmut Köllen of Triumvirat, Chris Bell of Big Star, D. Boon of Minutemen, Pete de Freitas of Echo & the Bunnymen, Mia Zapata of the Gits, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, Kristin Pfaff of Hole, Raymond "Freaky Tah" Rogers of Lost Boyz, Sean McCabe of Ink & Dagger, Jeremy Michael Ward of De Facto and The Mars Volta, Bryan Ottoson of American Head Charge, Valentin Elizalde.

The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars Jeremy Simmonds

This interesting reference book contains a detailed listing of rock deaths from 1965 through 2006, organized by date. The 604 pages are a treasure drove of information on the life and times of rock's most famous (and some not so famous) musicians, composers, DJs, etc.

Falling Stars: Air Crashes that Filled Rock & Roll Heaven Falling Stars: Air Crashes that Filled Rock & Roll Heaven Rich Everitt

This book takes you into the airplane or helicopter of some of music's most beloved stars on the trips that ended in their death.

Take a Walk on the Dark Side : Rock and Roll Myths, Legends, and Curses Take a Walk on the Dark Side : Rock and Roll Myths, Legends, and Curses R. Gary Patterson

The ultimate book for today's rock and roll fan: a fascinating compendium of facts, fictions, prophecies, premonitions, coincidences, hoaxes, doomsday scenarios, and other urban legends about some of the world's most beloved and mysterious pop icons. Updating, revising, and expanding on material from his cult classic Hellhounds on Their Trail, Patterson offers up a delectable feast of strange and occasionally frightening rock and roll tales, featuring the ironies associated with the tragic deaths of many rock icons, unsolved murders, and other tales from the "fell clutch of circumstance." Beginning with the fateful place where it all started -- a deserted country crossroads just outside Clarksdale, Mississippi, where Robert Johnson made his deal with the devil -- through the Buddy Holly curse (rock and roll's first great tragedy) and beyond, this incredible volume uncovers some of rock and roll's most celebrated murders, twists of fate, and decades-long streaks of bad luck that defy rational explanation. Inside you'll find:

  • Facts about Jimmy Page and the Zeppelin Curse.
  • Chilling quirks of fate surrounding the deaths of musicians in the Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • A provocative look at "The Club," membership in which requires an untimely death at age twenty-seven and whose inductees include Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin
  • Cryptic messages in song lyrics that have proved eerily prophetic!

  • Better to Burn Out: The Cult of Death in Rock 'N' Roll Better to Burn Out: The Cult of Death in Rock 'N' Roll Dave Thompson [OUT OF PRINT]

    This interesting read is extensively researched and details many of the lesser known personal tragedies in rock 'n' roll. It is uncanny how many of them are tied together and related.

    Tales from the Rock N Roll Highway Tales from the Rock N Roll Highway Marley Brant

    Tales from the Rock n Roll Highway takes readers backstage, behind the scenes, into the studio, on the road, into the minds, and out on the street with anecdotes revealing what really goes on in living the rock and roll life.



    Biographies


    Bus Fare to Kentucky: The Autobiography of Skeeter Davis Bus Fare to Kentucky: The Autobiography of Skeeter Davis Skeeter Davis

    Mary Frances Penick, better known as Skeeter Davis, is an excellent writer, and the tale she tells of her rise from poverty to a world renowned country music star is devastatingly heartbreaking, and yet tremendously inspiring.

    Are You Experienced?: The Inside Story of the Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced?: The Inside Story of the Jimi Hendrix Experience Noel Redding

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