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

by Jeremy Simmonds

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This is appropriately called encyclopedia.
It is full of detail and often photos of "dead rock stars" in their prime.
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I'd say it was unbiased and simply truthful.
Many R and B, country and early contributors to rock and roll, in addition to rock and roll as I know it
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The cover sums it up perfectly.
"An indispensable reference full of strange fact, lucky escapes and hundreds of photos of the good, the bad, and the silly"
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Give this one a try.
Best read (in my opinion) in small doses, since it's chock full of fact.

Oh!...and you probably need a little age under your belt to truly appreciate this work. ( )
  pennsylady | Jan 24, 2016 |
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 grabbag of very short obituaries of lesser-knowns (supposedly) called "Lest We Forget". The world needed this book very badly, and it is basically done very well. There are inevitably a few problems with emphasis. There is far too much emphasis on reggae; most of them could have been relegated to the "Lest We Forgets" and there are very many major figures relegated to that catchall section. There are quite a few pop singers with full listings who have no measurable connection with rock (i.e., Matt Monro). Glad this was done, wish it could have been done perfectly. ( )
  Big_Bang_Gorilla | Apr 28, 2011 |
A fun browse filled with brief bios of the deceased. Entries from the earlier years of rock 'n' roll are best, as it gets a little heavy on deaths of aging rockers who've worn out after a hard life, rather than the bizarre and/or unexplainable incidents that seem to abound in this world.
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"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. The Encyclopedia is the bible of pop music's dead, and author Jeremy Simmonds draws on a lifetime of morbid obsession to pay homage to the industry's biggest departed stars - Buddy, Jeff, Sid, Jimi, Biggie, Janis, Elvis, Marc, Tupac - and to unearth some lesser-known tales of rock tragedy." "An indispensable reference full of strange facts, lucky escapes, top-ten death discs, and hundreds of photos of the good, the bad, and the silly, The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars is guaranteed to rock the worlds of trivia buffs and diehards alike."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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