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Blender’s 40 Greatest Rock ‘N Roll Books

For our latest edition of Stereogum’s Shit List (i.e., someone else makes a list, we think it’s shitty), we turn your attention to this guide from the scholars at Blender.

40. Yes Yes Y’All: The Experience Music Project Oral History Of Hip-Hop’s First Decade
39. Stairway To Hell: The 500 Best Heavy-Metal Albums In The Universe
38. Dreaming Out Loud
37. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History Of Punk
36. Nowhere To Run: The Story Of Soul Music
35. The Aesthetics Of Rock
34. Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography Of Kurt Cobain
33. Have Gun Will Travel: The Spectacular Rise And Violent Fall Of Death Row Records
32. Led Zeppelin IV
31. The Dark Stuff: Selecting Writings On Rock Music
30. The Last Party: Studio 54, Disco, And The Culture Of The Night
29. Great Jones Street
28. Yes I CanChristgau’s Record Guide — The ’70s, ’80s And ’90s
26. Hit Men: Power Brokers And The Fast Money Inside The Music Business
25. Psychotic Reactions And Carburetor Dung
24. Divided Soul
23. Rip It Up And Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984
22. High Fidelity
21. Sound Effects
20. Can’t Stop We Won’t
19. Revolution In The Head: The Beatles’ Records And The Sixties
18. Chronicles: Volume One
17. The Sound Of The City: The Rise Of Rock And Roll
16. Fargo Rock City
15. The Life And Times Of Little Richard
14. Hammer Of The Gods
13. Hellfire
12. A Wop Bop A Loo Bop A Lop Bam Boom
11. The Commitments

10. Lipstick Traces
9. The True Adventures Of The Rolling Stones
8. The Dirt
7. England’s Dreaming
6. Deep Blues
5. Starlust
4. I’m With The Band: Confessions Of A Groupie
3. Ego Trip”s Book Of Rap Lists
2. Last Train To Memphis/Careless Love
1. Dino: Living High In The Dirty Business Of Dreams

Guess if a Rat Packer bio is the ultimate rock read, there’s bound to be no room for Michael Azerrad. What fave books of yours are missing?