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Substance: Inside New Order (Dey Street Books)

Peter Hook’s long-awaited final entry into his trilogy about his career is a hefty tome that is at times funny, angry, sad, and frustrating, but Substance is, ultimately, a love letter to the band that, for better or worse, made him the man he is.

Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol (Da Capo Press)

Lonely Boy is the gripping, harrowing, and at times utterly depressing story of the Sex Pistols’ hotshot guitarist, Steve Jones. It’s a tale of sex, drugs, and rock and roll–and not always in a good way.

52 Books/52 Weeks: Nico: In The Shadow Of The Moon Goddess

  Nico: In The Shadow Of The Moon Goddess Lutz Graf-Ulbrich Self-Released German singer Nico’s life story is one peppered with addiction, tragedy, darkness, and intensity. Her music is dark and beautiful; it is austere and immensely joyless. Keyboard player James Young, who performed with her in the final phases of her life, wasn’t a… Read More ›

52 Books/52 Weeks: Carly J. Hallman, A Farewell To Walmart

Millennial author reflects upon her life in “small town” Texas. Yet her work reveals more about her own prejudices and offers little insight into the culture she lambasts.

The Electrical Storm: Grunge, My Part In Its Downfall (Rejected Unknown)

Everett True sits down and tells some choice tales from his wild and adventure-filled life. Enjoy ’em now, because nobody’s making memorable life stories like this anymore.

52 Books/52 Weeks: Paul Stanley, Face The Music: A Life Exposed

This week’s reading assignment took us to an unexpected realm: the behind-the-scene life of the Starchild of KISS, Paul Stanley. Surprise: it’s an amazingly open, honest, and revelatory read.

52 Books/52 Weeks: William F. Buckley, A Torch Kept Lit

Conservative writer William F. Buckley, was a masterful writer, and this posthumous collection of obituaries and eulogies highlights the complex nature of saying farewell in public.

Seeing The Real You At Last: Life And Love On The Road With Bob Dylan (Jawbone Press)

The problematic nature of tell-all confessionals is highlighted in this recent tell-all from a Bob Dylan mistress.

The Death And Resurrection of Elvis Presley (Reaktion Books)

In death, Elvis Presley lives on. This informative book examines Presley’s postmortem career, as well as gives an overview of the social and spiritual aspects that exist within the context of his career.

The Meat Cake Bible (Fantagraphics)

The exotic and unique Dame Darcy created a wonderfully bizarre world within her graphic series Meat Cake; this lavish book collects the entirety of the series, and still astonishes and confounds.