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

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Chicago Review Press, 2012 - Music - 823 pages
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The bible of music's deceased idols—Jeff Buckley, Sid Vicious, Jimi Hendrix, Tupac, Elvis—this is the ultimate record of all those who arrived, rocked, and checked out over the last 40-odd years of fast cars, private jets, hard drugs, and reckless living. The truths behind thousands of fascinating stories—such as how Buddy Holly only decided to fly so he'd have time to finish his laundry—are coupled with perennial questions, including Which band boasts the most dead members? and Who had the bright idea of changing a light bulb while standing in the shower?, as well as a few tales of lesser-known rock tragedies. Updated to include all the rock deaths since the previous edition—including Ike Turner, Dan Fogelberg, Bo Diddley, Isaac Hayes, Eartha Kitt, Michael Jackson, Clarence Clemons, Amy Winehouse, and many, many more—this new edition has been comprehensively revised throughout. An indispensable reference full of useful and useless information, with hundreds of photos of the good, the bad, and the silly, this collection 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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Contents

1965
1
1966
6
1967
11
1968
20
1969
25
1970
32
1971
44
1972
53
1991
266
1992
285
1993
297
1994
311
1995
325
1996
345
1997
364
1998
385

1973
61
1974
70
1975
78
1976
84
1977
92
1978
105
1979
117
1980
129
1981
147
1982
160
1983
170
1984
186
1985
201
1986
210
1987
222
1988
232
1989
245
1990
253
1999
405
2000
425
2001
443
2002
465
2003
489
2004
512
2005
537
2006
564
2007
596
2008
630
2009
673
2010
725
2011
767
Index
814
Acknowledgements
822
Picture Credits
823
Back Cover
831
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About the author (2012)

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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