Summer Reading: 10 Key Bay Area Music Books
Cooking With the Dead: Recipes and Stories From Fans on the Road by Elizabeth Zipern
More than a cookbook, it's the most insightful look at the Deadhead culture and how so many people sustained themselves and each other both gastronomically and financially.
The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur
To see the sensitivity behind the Thug Life persona, look no further than this poetic justice, written while he lived in the Bay Area.
Static: My Tupac Shakur Story by Chopmaster J
While ostensibly about Shakur, this is also a biased but admittedly colorful look at his mentoring group, Oakland's Digital Underground.
Two veteran SF Weekly scribes compile an oral history that, even in its occasionally pointless moments, is fascinating.
924 Gilman: The Story So Far by Brian Edge
What if every cool venue in the Bay Area had a book detailing its influence? This book is six years old, so there's still more of the story to tell, but it captures the early days of East Bay punk bands that would later become huge, such as Rancid and Green Day.
An essential tome for those of us who continue to worship the mirrored disco ball, this is a vivid peek into the hedonism of a bygone era.
An anthology chronicling the quiet yet significant technological achievements of S.F.'s early electronic music pioneers, including Mills College instructor Pauline Oliveros.
To Live is To Die: The Life and Death of Metallica's Cliff Burton by
Joel McIver and Kirk Hammett
Metallica's lead guitarist remembers his fallen bandmate, the original bassist who laid an indelible foundation for the group's success.
The most recent look at the inimitable artist and group, Kaliss' book includes the first (predictably random) in-person interview with Stone in 20 years.
Love, Janis by Laura Joplin
A loving look at local legend Janis Joplin from her sister -- a person who is in many ways the singer's opposite.