My personal favorite is Peter Guralnick. His two-volume Elvis Presley biography, Last Train to Memphis
and Careless Love
, should be required reading in American Public schools. His book about Southern Soul Music, Sweet Soul Music
, is excellent as well.
I met him at Graceland on the 25th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death. (I only had to drive 2 hours to get there, so I'm not that crazy, lol. ) The man just lives and breathes music.
He's also written several other excellent books about American roots music. (Feel Like Going Home
, Lost Highway
, Searching for Robert Johnson
His latest is an excellent book about Sam Cooke called Dream Boogie
. I'm currently reading it and losing a lot of sleep at night because I can't put it down before I go to bed.
I also like Lester Bangs a lot simply because of how irreverent he could be. The first compilation of his writings, Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung
, will have you rolling out of your chair with laughter. I liked how they portrayed him in the film Almost Famous.
Those are really the only two rock journalists I can claim to be a fan of, the rest I just tolerate, lol. (And don't get me started on Jann Wenner again!
And in the end...