Guns N Roses Reference Books

Guns N' Roses

Reference Books

In this guide, I give publication information and whether an item is still available.  There is a copy of every copyrighted piece of media published in America stored in the Library of Congress.  Therefore, books--print/audio and periodicals are easier to obtain than other merchandise.  They are also too expensive to bootleg and to my knowledge, none of them have been.  Even if a print or audio media is out of circulation, anyone can take the ISBN (10 or 13) or ASIN number and request an inter library loan.  Many magazines offer back issues for purchase as well.  Since print media technically never dies, I have not assigned a collector value to anything in this series.  This particular guide deals with books that mention Guns N' Roses in passing, whether in a fictional novel or non-fictional work. 

Below are my personal recommendations for collectors:

 

The Language of Fear (Del James w/forward by W. Axl Rose, Jan. 1, 1995)--true collectors item, publisher went out of business immediately after release.

Sabra's Soul (Lisa Reed, Dizzy's wife, Oct. 2003)

Ember's Flame (Lisa Reed, Dizzy's wife, Apr. 30, 2004)

 

All of these books are available through Amazon.com.

 

Chinese Democracy
Author: Andrew J. Nathan
Softcover
Publisher: University of California Press (October 1, 1986)
ISBN-10: 0520059336
ISBN-13: 978-0520059337
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $18.00 USD; available used for $0.60.
Chinese Democracy
Author: Andrew J. Nathan
Hardcover
Publisher: I B Tauris & Co Ltd; 1st Edition (December 31, 1986)
ISBN-10: 1850430209
ISBN-13: 978-1850430209
This item is out of print and available used for $48.00 USD.
American Psycho
Author: Bret Easton Ellis
Softcover
Publisher: Vintage; 1st Edition (March 6, 1991)
ISBN-10: 0679735771
ISBN-13: 978-0679735779
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $11.00 USD.

The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll:

The Definitive History of the Most Important Artists and Their Music
Author: Rolling Stone
Softcover
Publisher: Random House; 3 Sub Edition (November 10, 1992)
ISBN-10: 0679737286
ISBN-13: 978-0679737285
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $25.00 USD.

Running with the Devil: Power, Gender, and Madness in Heavy Metal Music
Author: Obert Walser
Softcover
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press; 1st Edition (May 15, 1993)
ISBN-10: 0819562602
ISBN-13: 978-0819562609
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $22.00 USD.
Microphone Fiends: Youth Music and Youth Culture
Author: Tricia Rose
Softcover
Publisher: Routledge; 1st Edition (April 14, 1994)
ISBN-10: 0415909082
ISBN-13: 978-0415909082
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $25.00 USD.

The Language of Fear

Author: Del James w/ forward by W. Axl Rose

Softcover

Publisher: Dell (January 1, 1995)
ISBN-10: 0440217121
ISBN-13: 978-0440217121

This item is out of print and available used for $73.00 USD.

The Language of Fear

Author: Del James w/ forward by W. Axl Rose

Softcover

Now available once again as a Dell paperback by print on demand.
A Dell Mass Market Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-440-21712-1
Price $7.99
www.languageoffear.com

The Great Rock 'N' Roll Quote Book
Author: Merrit Malloy (Editor)
Softcover
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st Edition (September 15, 1995)
ISBN-10: 0312135041
ISBN-13: 978-0312135041
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $18.00 USD.
The Accidental Evolution of Rock 'n' Roll: A Misguided Tour Through Popular Music
Author: Chuck Eddy
Softcover
Publisher: Westview Press (April 1, 1997)
ISBN-10: 0306807416
ISBN-13: 978-0306807411
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $19.00 USD.
The History of Rock & Roll
Author: David Shirley
Hardcover
Publisher: Franklin Watts (October 1997)
ISBN-10: 0531158462
ISBN-13: 978-0531158463
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $30.00 USD.
Rock Stars Do the Dumbest Things
Author: Margaret Moser, Bill Crawford
Softcover
Publisher: Renaissance Books (July 15, 1998)
ISBN-10: 1580630235
ISBN-13: 978-1580630238
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $15.00 USD.
Unsung Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll: The Birth of Rock in the Wild Years Before Elvis
Author: Nick Tosches
Softcover
Publisher: Da Capo; 1st Edition (April 1, 1999)
ISBN-10: 0306808919
ISBN-13: 978-0306808913
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $17.00 USD.
The Long Hard Road Out of Hell
Author: Marilyn Manson, Neil Strauss
Hardcover
Publisher: Harper Entertainment; 1st Regan Books/Harper Perennial Edition (April 1, 1999)
ISBN-10: 0060987464
ISBN-13: 978-0060987466
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $11.00 USD.
Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women
Author: Elizabeth Wurtzel
Softcover
Publisher: Anchor (May 18, 1999)
ISBN-10: 0385484011
ISBN-13: 978-0385484015
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $12.00 USD.
Roadie: A True Story
Author: Karl Kuenning
Softcover
Publisher: Writer's Showcase Press (June 2001)
ISBN-10: 0595185266
ISBN-13: 978-0595185269
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $17.00 USD.
Rebel Heart: An American Rock 'n' Roll Journey
Author: Bebe Buell, Victor Bockris
Softcover
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (August 13, 2001)
ISBN-10: 0312266944
ISBN-13: 978-0312266943
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $6.00 USD.
Fargo Rock City : A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota
Author: Chuck Klosterman
Softcover
Publisher: Scribner (May 1, 2002)
ISBN-10: 0743406567
ISBN-13: 978-0743406567
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $12.00 USD.
The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band
Author: Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx, Neil Strauss
Softcover
Publisher: Harper Entertainment (July 9, 2002)
ISBN-10: 0060989157
ISBN-13: 978-0060989156
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $11.00 USD.
Heavier than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain
Author: Charles R. Cross
Softcover
Publisher: Hyperion (August 2002)
ISBN-10: 0786884029
ISBN-13: 978-0786884025
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $11.00 USD.
She's a Rebel: The History of Women in Rock and Roll
Author: Gillian G. Gaar, Yoko Ono (Preface, Introduction)
Softcover
Publisher: Seal Press; Second Edition (November 8, 2002)
ISBN-10: 1580050786
ISBN-13: 978-1580050784
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $19.00 USD.
Urban Legends of Rock & Roll: You Never Can Tell
Author: Dale Sherman
Softcover
Publisher: Collector's Guide Publishing Inc (February 1, 2003)
ISBN-10: 1896522785
ISBN-13: 978-1896522784
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $14.00 USD.
Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith
Author: Aerosmith, Stephen Davis
Softcover
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (March 1, 2003)
ISBN-10: 0060515805
ISBN-13: 978-0060515805
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $12.00 USD.

Hollywood Rocks: The Ultimate Guide to the 1980's Hollywood, California Rock-N-Roll Music Scene
Author: Various, Michael J. Rocchio (Editor), Jason Splat (Editor)
Hardcover
Publisher: Cleopatra Records (September 2003)
ISBN-10: 0963619349
ISBN-13: 978-0963619341
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $26.00 USD.

Sabra's Soul

Author: Lisa Reed (Dizzy's wife)

Softcover

Publisher: Twenty First Century Publishers (October 2003)
ISBN-10: 1904433073
ISBN-13: 978-1904433071

This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $13.00 USD.

Scary Monsters and Super Freaks: Stories of Sex, Drugs, Rock 'N' Roll and Murder
Author: Mike Sager
Softcover
Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press (December 3, 2003)
ISBN-10: 1560255633
ISBN-13: 978-1560255635
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $13.00 USD.
Rock and Roll War Stories
Author: Gordon G. G. Gebert, Lynn Ramage
Softcover
Publisher: Pitbull Publishing (January 2004)
ISBN-10: 0965879429
ISBN-13: 978-0965879422
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $14.00 USD.
Oxymoronica: Paradoxical Wit & Wisdom From History's Greatest Wordsmiths
Author: Mardy Grothe
Softcover
Publisher: Collins (March 2, 2004)
ISBN-10: 0060536993
ISBN-13: 978-0060536992
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $12.00 USD.

Ember's Flame

Author: Lisa Reed (Dizzy's wife)

Softcover

Publisher: Twenty First Century Publishers (April 30, 2004)
ISBN-10: 1904433154
ISBN-13: 978-1904433156

This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $13.00 USD.

Tales from the Rock 'n' Roll Highway
Author: Marley Brant
Softcover
Publisher: Billboard Books (May 1, 2004)
ISBN-10: 082308437X
ISBN-13: 978-0823084371
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $3.00 USD.

Take a Walk on the Dark Side: Rock and Roll Myths, Legends, and Curses
Author: R. Gary Patterson
Softcover
Publisher: Fireside (July 6, 2004)
ISBN-10: 0743244230
ISBN-13: 978-0743244237
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $12.00 USD.
So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star:
How I Machine-Gunned a Roomful Of Record Executives and Other True Tales from a Drummer's Life
Author: Jacob Slichter
Softcover
Publisher: Broadway (May 10, 2005)
ISBN-10: 0767914716
ISBN-13: 978-0767914710
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $12.00 USD.
Fever: How Rock 'n' Roll Transformed Gender in America
Author: Tim Riley
Softcover
Publisher: Picador (May 12, 2005)
ISBN-10: 0312424957
ISBN-13: 978-0312424954
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $14.00 USD.
Hollywood Rocks: Audio Companion
Various Artists
Audio CD Box Set, 4 Discs
Label: Cleopatra (June 21, 2005)
ASIN: B0009NSE3S
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $50.00 USD.
Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls
Author: Mary Pipher, Ruth Ross (Designer)
Softcover
Publisher: Riverhead Trade (August 1, 2005)
ISBN-10: 1594481881
ISBN-13: 978-1594481888
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $11.00 USD.

The Ultimate History of Rock'n'Roll Drumming: 1948-2000
Author: Daniel Glass
Softcover
Publisher: Daniel Glass; First Edition (October 1, 2005)
ISBN-10: 1599750007
ISBN-13: 978-1599750002
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $20.00 USD.

I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie
Author: Pamela Des Barres, Dave Navarro (Foreword)
Softcover
Publisher: Chicago Review Press; Updated Edition (October 28, 2005)
ISBN-10: 1556525893
ISBN-13: 978-1556525896
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $11.00 USD.
Poor Little Bitch Girl: Unapologetic Memoirs from the Queen of Raunchy Rock 'n' Roll
Author: C. J. Sleez
Softcover
Publisher: Manor House Publishing Inc.; 1st Edition (October 30, 2005)
ISBN-10: 0973647760
ISBN-13: 978-0973647761
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $17.00 USD.
Rock And Roll: A Social History
Author: Paul Friedlander, Peter Miller
Softcover
Publisher: Westview Press; 2nd Edition (January 30, 2006)
ISBN-10: 0813343062
ISBN-13: 978-0813343068
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $28.00 USD.

Life on Planet Rock: From Guns N' Roses to Nirvana, a Backstage Journey through Rock's Most Debauched Decade

Author: Lonn Friend

Softcover

Publisher: Broadway (July 11, 2006)
ISBN-10: 0767922085
ISBN-13: 978-0767922081

This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $12.00 USD, available used for $9.00.

American Hair Metal
Author: Steven Blush, William Hames (Photographer), Eddie Malluk (Photographer), Frank White (Photographer)
Softcover
Publisher: Feral House (October 2006)
ISBN-10: 193259518X
ISBN-13: 978-1932595185
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $16.00 USD.

Sharon Osbourne Extreme: My Autobiography
Author: Sharon Osbourne
Hardcover
Publisher: Springboard Press (October 11, 2006)
ISBN-10: 0821280147
ISBN-13: 978-0821280140
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $17.00 USD.

The Mammoth Book of Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll
Author: Jim Driver (Editor)
Softcover
Publisher: Carroll & Graf (November 30, 2006)
ISBN-10: 0786720034
ISBN-13: 978-0786720033
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $11.00 USD.

The Corruption of Innocence
Author: Lotus Rose
Softcover
Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (January 2, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0595423744
ISBN-13: 978-0595423743
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $18.00 USD.
Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army
Author: Jeremy Scahill
Hardcover
Publisher: Nation Books (February 15, 2007)
ISBN-10: 1560259795
ISBN-13: 978-1560259794
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $17.00 USD.
Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock-and-Roll's Legendary Neighborhood
Author: Michael Walker
Softcover
Publisher: Faber & Faber (May 1, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0865479666
ISBN-13: 978-0865479661
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $12.00 USD.
Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga
Author: Ian Christe
Hardcover
Publisher: Wiley (August 24, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0470039108
ISBN-13: 978-0470039106
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $18.00 USD.
The Best of Photographic Lighting: Techniques and Images for Digital Photographers
Author: Bill Hurter
Softcover
Publisher: Amherst Media; Second edition edition (November 1, 2007)
ISBN-10: 1584282177
ISBN-13: 978-1584282174
This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $17.00 USD.