5 Rockin’ Reads


Whether you’re crammed into a subway car, stuck in traffic on the BQE or just lounging around in your underwear on your couch, nothing beats a good read such as Greil Marcus’ The History of Rock ‘N’ Roll In Ten Songs.

With that in mind, here are five rockin’ books Riffraf thinks you should check out:


Freedy Johnston’s First Concert

There are songwriters and then there are novelists with either a guitar strapped to their back or straddling a piano bench. You know who I’m talking about. The usual suspects: Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith, Tom Waits, Lou Reed, Nick Cave, Josh Ritter and Steve Earle.

And then there’s Freedy Johnston.


Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone”

On July 20, 1965, Bob Dylan released the highly acclaimed single “Like a Rolling Stone.” Five days later, as the headliner at the Newport Folk Festival, Dylan unsettled some of his devotees when he strapped on an electric guitar and launched into his most recent single.


What Ever Happened to James?


For most Americans, James’ 1993 single “Laid” from their fifth studio album of the same name is all they really know about the Manchester band. But James has had a long, rich history.

Once touted as “the next Smiths,” James was a mainstay of the British alternative scene during the ’80s and ’90s.

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