- Classic rock novels
- Modern rock novels
- Novels about rock music history
- Novels about famous rock musicians
- Novels about the rock music industry
- Novels about rock music fandom
- Novels about rock music culture
- Novels about rock music and society
- Novels about rock music and politics
- Novels about rock music and religion
Rock music is often seen as the soundtrack of rebellion, but it can also be a force for good. In this list, we explore the best novels about rock music and its ability to bring people together.
Classic rock novels
Music has always been a huge part of our culture, with different genres resonating with people for various reasons. For many, rock music is the perfect way to let loose and express themselves. Over the years, there have been many novels written about rock music and the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. If you’re a fan of rock music and are looking for a good book to read, check out our list of the best novels about rock music.
1. “The Dirt” by Motley Crue
2. “The Boys in the Band” by David Bowie
3. “We’re Here to Get Our Funky Thing On” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
4. “Queen’s Messenger” by Robert Plant
5. ” Lords of Chaos” by Varg Vikernes
Modern rock novels
Rock and roll has been around for more than half a century, and it has been the subject of countless books, movies, and television shows. But what about novels? Here are ten of the best modern novels about rock music.
1. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
2. Just Kids by Patti Smith
3. The Solomon Sisters Wise Up by Rochelle Weinstein
4. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
5. Please Kill Me by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
6. True Believers by Kurt Andersen
7. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
8. Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
9. Spinning Plates by Joseph O’Neill
10. White Noise by Don DeLillo
Novels about rock music history
Rock music has always been entwined with the novel form. Both narrative fiction and rock music reflect our lives and speak to our condition, and both have benefited immensely from rebellious young people telling stories in their own voices. Here are some of the best novels about rock music history, from the early days of Elvis Presley to the Height of MTV.
#####Please Stand By: A Novel by Douglas Coupland
This is the story of Generation X, told through the lives of two rock fans growing up in Vancouver in the 1980s. Please Stand By is a funny, sharp, and moving portrait of a time and a place, and an unforgettable look at what it means to be young and lost.
#####High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
With its wise and funny take on love, loss, and rock & roll, High Fidelity has become a modern classic. Rob Fleming is a London record-shop owner who’s just been dumped by his girlfriend. To make himself feel better, he decides to compile a Top Five list of his all-time favorite breakups. But as he looks back on five years of failed relationships (including one with his present girlfriend), Rob gradually realizes that if he ever wants to find true love (or even just sex), he’d better start paying attention to the women he’s actually got in front of him instead of those who are stuck in his head.
Novels about famous rock musicians
There are many novels about famous rock musicians, and some of them are even better than the music itself. Here are a few of the best.
1. Slash by Slash – This autobiography tells the story of one of the most influential guitarists of all time, from his early days with Guns N’ Roses to his solo career.
2. Educated Horses by Rob Zombie – This novel follows the life of a metalhead who turns his back on everything he knows to become a famous rock star.
3. groupie by Ridley Pearson – This novel is about a groupie who falls in love with a member of a famous rock band, and has to deal with the jealousy and betrayal that comes with it.
4. time is gone by Sandy Huffaker Jr. – This novel follows the life of a woman who was involved with some of the most famous rock stars of all time, and how she deals with their deaths.
Novels about the rock music industry
The novel is a form that has been used to great effect to capture the energy and spirit of rock music. Here are some of the best novels about the rock music industry, from behind-the-scenes tales to tour bus epics.
The first novel on our list is Ellen Simpson’s groupie classic “Everybody Loves Somebody.” This novel follows a group of young women who travel with a band on their cross-country tour. “Everybody Loves Somebody” is an explosive and erotic look at the seamy underside of the rock music industry.
Another great novel about life on the road is Martin Amis’s “Money.” This darkly comic novel follows John Self, a film director, as he makes a highs-budget rock ‘n’ roll movie in New York City. “Money” is a timely and bitingly satiric look at the world of rock music and celebrity culture.
If you’re looking for a more serious novel about the rock music industry, consider Tracy Chevalier’s “The Virgin Blue.” This historical novel is set in 16th century France and tells the story of two women who become friends after one of them is accused of being a witch. “The Virgin Blue” is a beautifully written and atmospheric look at the power of music to heal and connect us.
Novels about rock music fandom
There is something special about rock music that just lends itself to great stories. Maybe it’s the passion and intensity of the music, or the way it can bring people together. Whatever the reason, there are some amazing novels out there that capture the magic of rock music and what it means to be a fan.
Here are some of our favorites:
1. We Are the Champions by Jennifer McMahon
2. Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott
3. Those Who Love Me by Can Xue
4. The Last Days of Californian Punk by Domenic Stansberry
5. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
6. Just Kids by Patti Smith
7. Lynyrd Skynyrd: An American Saga by Casey Sherman and Dave Thurston
Novels about rock music culture
Here are some of the best novels about rock music and the culture that surrounds it.
1) “The Last Days of the LA Fuck You” by Dan Fante
2) “Please Kill Me” by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
3) “LImplfps Rolling in tbe Deep: A Novel” by Ben Greenman
4) “I’m with the band: Confessions of a Groupie” by Pamela Des Barres
5) “The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band” by Mötley Crüe with Neil Strauss
Novels about rock music and society
Rock music has been a part of society for over half a century now, and it has been the subject of many great novels. Here are some of the best novels about rock music and society:
-No One Here Gets Out Alive by Danny Sugerman and Jerry Hopkins
-The Dirt by Motley Crue with Neil Strauss
– lords of chaos by M. William Phelps
– We’re Never Gonna Survive Unless by Warren Zanes
– Please Kill Me by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
-Hit So Hard: A Memoir by Patty Schemel with Lawrence Katz
Novels about rock music and politics
Rock music and politics have always been closely intertwined. From the early days of the rock ‘n’ roll era, when Elvis Presley was dubbed the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” and used his celebrity status to speak out against racial injustice, to more recent times when artists like Bruce Springsteen and Bono have used their platform to promote social causes, rock music has long been a vehicle for political expression.
There have been a number of novels that have tackled the subject of rock music and politics, exploring the ways in which the two can intersect. Here are some of the best:
-Kings of America by Ondine Cochrane: This novel tells the story of three young women who form a punk band in the 1980s and use their music to protest the policies of Ronald Reagan.
-The White Album by Joan Didion: Didion’s classic work explores the social and political upheavals of the late 1960s through her own experiences as a member of the counterculture. The book includes a section on The Doors, one of the most politically charged bands of that era.
-Generation X by Douglas Coupland: This novel, which is set in Vancouver in the early 1990s, follows a group of friends who are struggling to find their place in a world that seems increasingly apathetic to their concerns. Coupland demonstrates how rock music can be both a source of solace and a way to connect with others who are going through similar struggles.
-High Fidelity by Nick Hornby: Hornby’s novel about a British record store owner who is going through a midlife crisis is not specifically about rock music or politics, but it does capture how central music can be in our lives, providing both an escape from reality and a way to connect with others.
Novels about rock music and religion
When it comes to rock music and religion, there are a lot of novels that explore the connection between the two. Here are some of the best novels about rock music and religion:
-The Holy Rock and Rollers by Wayne Johnson
-The Gospel of Rock by Dave Palermo
-Salvation City by Tony Cusack
-Repo Man by Alex Cox
-Rock and Roll Prophets by Rich Ivanoff