The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars: Heroin, Handguns, and Ham Sandwiches

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Chicago Review Press, 2008 - Music - 604 pages

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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User Review  - pennsylady - LibraryThing

This is appropriately called encyclopedia. It is full of detail and often photos of "dead rock stars" in their prime. --------- I'd say it was unbiased and simply truthful. Read full review

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User 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

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Jeremy Simmonds is the coauthor of Rough Guide to Rock and a freelance music writer. He wrote and produced seven series of the popular BBC television show, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, as well as the pop quiz show Mental!

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