Rock Reads

James Campion, in addition to writing numerous books on the topic of rock, also reviews others’ efforts. Categorized by major artists below.

The BeatlesThe Rolling Stones
Bob DylanMiscellany
Phil Spector


Aerosmith – On Tour, 1973-85 – Julian Gill (2021)

The Beatles

Fab: The Intimate Life of Paul McCartney – Howard Sounes (2010)
Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World – Rob Sheffield (2017)
Hold On World – The Lasting Impact of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band, Fifty Years On – John Kruth (2021)

Bob Dylan

Hard Rain: A Bob Dylan Commentary – Tim Riley (1993)

Paul Simon

Paul Simon: The Life – Robert Hilburn (2018)

Patti Smith

Why Patti Smith Matters – Caryn Rose (2022)

Phil Spector

Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector – Mick Brown (2008)

Bruce Springsteen
Shades of Springsteen: Politics, Love, Sports, and Masculinity – John Massaro (2021)


Music is History – Questlove (2021)


U2’s The Joshua Tree – Planting Roots in Mythic America – Bradley Morgan (2021)


Life on Two Legs: Setting the Record Straight on Queen, The Beatles, Elton and Bowie
and the Ultimate Rock Studio, Trident
– Norman J. Sheffield (2013)

The White Label Promo Preservation Society: 100 Flop Albums You Ought to Know – Sal Maída, Mitchell Cohen & Friends (2021)

Rememberings – Sinéad O’Connor (2021)

Last Chance Texaco: Chronicles of an American Troubadour – Rickie Lee Jones (2021)

Prince and the Parade and Sign “O” the Times Studio Sessions 1985 to 1986 – Duane Tudahl (2021)

Anthem: Rush in the 70s / Limelight: Rush in The 80s – Martin Popoff (2020)

Jesusmania!: The Bootleg Superstar of Gettysburg College – Devin McKinney (2016)

Total F*cking Godhead: The Biography of Chris Cornell – Corbin Reiff (2020)

Let Love Rule – Lenny Kravitz with David Ritz (2020)

This Thing Called Life: Prince’s Odyssey, On and Off Record – Neal Karlen (2020)

Remain in Love: Talking Heads / Tom Tom Club / Tina – Chris Frantz (2019)

There Was A Light: The Cosmic History of Chris Bell and the Rise of Big Star – Rich Tupica (2020)

C’mon, Get Happy: Fear and Loathing on the Partridge Family Bus – David Cassidy (1994)

Through 12/2020

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