Essential Rock Books not on that Pitchfork List, #1
Posted by s woods on July 14, 2011
Richard Riegel, Johnny B. Goode: Images of America in Rock ‘n’ Roll Music Which Are Nowhere to be Found in Greil Marcus’s Mystery Train
Sprawling essays on half a dozen groundbreaking south-of-the-49th-parallel rockers, including Chuck Berry, Arthur Lee’s Love, and MX-80 Sound. Dedicated to, and with “cosmic editorial oversight” provided by, Lester Bangs.
(Currently out of print, due to a dispute between author and publisher over the use of the word “America” in the title vs. plain old “the U.S.A.”)
(cf. the actual Pitchfork list.)