The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars: Heroin, Handguns, and Ham Sandwiches
Did you know that Brian Jones was told by a medium to “avoid water”? Or that Buddy Holly only decided to fly so he’d have time to finish his laundry? The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars reveals the truth behind these and thousands of other fascinating stories, while answering such perennial questions as:
• which band boasts the most dead members?
• who had the bright idea of changing a light bulb while standing in the shower?
• and did Cass Elliot really check out before finishing lunch?
The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars is the bible of pop music’s dead--the ultimate record of all those who arrived, rocked, and checked out over the last forty-odd years of fast cars, private jets, hard drugs, lethal weapons, and reckless living. Jeremy Simmonds here draws on a lifetime’s obsession to match the industry’s biggest departed stars--Buddy, Jeff, Sid, Jimi, Biggie, Janis, Elvis, Marc, Tupac--with more than a few lesser-known tales of rock tragedy. He also includes a smorgasbord of lighter-hearted sidebars, including strange facts, lucky escapes, and top-ten death discs.
An indispensable reference full of useful and useless information, with hundreds of photos of the good, the bad, and the silly, The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars is guaranteed to rock the world of trivia buffs and diehards alike.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Big_Bang_Gorilla - LibraryThing
Being a chronologically-arranged necrology of rock musicians, organized with major divisions for each year, and then each month. Very major figures get a longer spread. At the end of year, there's a ... Read full review
Review: The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars: Heroin, Handguns, and Ham SandwichesUser Review - Oyster - Goodreads
Everyone dies, but some people do it with more panache. Leave it to rock stars to pass away extraordinarily. Covering over 40 years of rock icon deaths, this book is the ultimate guide for music nerds and (of course) trivia buffs. Read full review