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Published on March 10th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

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Recommended Reading

Ever since I got a first-generation Kindle, I’ve been reading more than I ever have before.  It’s just so easy to download and go—not to mention much, much cheaper.  Spend $35 on a hardcover again?  I think not.  I also have a subscription to Audible.com, which has been listening to all manner of audio books for when I exercise, do work around the house or just walking the dog. 

Between the Kindle, my iPad (which has replaced the Kindle for me because I like to read at night in the dark) and my audio books, I’m sucking in more information than ever before. 

I can’t remember where I left my keys or my wife’s birthday anymore, but I’m freakishly well-versed on string theory and the writings of everyone from Ayn Rand (I’ve listened to all her novels) to Neal Stephenson (currently really, really digging Reamde.) 

Here are five more books I think are worth your time.

Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead
 by Neil Strauss

A collection of artist interviews by New York Times music writer, Neil Strauss.  He goes hot-tubbing with Marilyn Manson. Ew.

Motely Crue:  The Dirt – Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band 
by the band

Why are these guys not dead?  Or in jail for life?

Inside Out:  A Personal History of Pink Floyd
 by Nick Mason

A terrific look at what made Pink Floyd one of the biggest bands of all time.  Nick is not only the band’s drummer, but he’s a helluva car nut, too.

Driven to Distraction
 by Jeremy Clarkson

Yes, he’s the obnoxious one on Top Gear, but he is also one of the wittiest and most original short-form writers in the world.  If I could write like anyone, it would be him.

Kraftwerk:  Music Non-Stop
 by David Pattie

If you don’t have a clue as to why people build shrines to Kraftwerk, you need to read this book.  If you’ve built a shrine yourself, you should read it, too.


About the Author

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.



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