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This page is designed to help project members find others who have access to a written resource, such as a book or magazine article. If you own one of these sources, feel free to add your name. If a source you own is not on the list, add it to the appropriate section.


Title Year Author ISBN Comments Contact
The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time 2005 Levy, Joe ISBN 1932958614 User:Teemu08
1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die 2005 Dimery, Robert ISBN 13:9781844033928 The book boasts that it was selected & written by "90 leading international critics". A bit of a coffee-table book, but there are many relevant albums covered in here, so just ask for a specific album if you could use an extra source. User:CloudNine
Alternative Rock 2000 Thompson, Dave ISBN 0-87930-607-6 Includes essays in addition to the "7000 recordings reviewed & rated". User:Foetusized
The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (8th edition) 2004 Whitburn, Joel ISBN 0-8230-7499-4 US singles chart positions through 2003. User:Foetusized
Britpop!: Cool Britannia and the Spectacular Demise of English Rock 2004 Harris, John ISBN 0-306-81367-X Originally published in the UK as The Last Party: Britpop, Blair and the Demise of English Rock User:WesleyDodds
CD International: CD World Reference Guide, Popular Music Edition, 1998 Edition 1997 CDI International ISBN 1-879829-10-X "165,212 CD titles on 302,179 discs from the USA, Germany, Great Britain, & Japan." Phonebook style listings; includes catalog numbers. Can be useful for checking release information. User:hcethatsme
The Dark Reign of Gothic Rock: In the Reptile House with The Sisters of Mercy, Bauhaus and The Cure 2002 Thompson, Dave ISBN 1-900924-48-X History of goff, sadly lacking an index. UK paperback. User:Foetusized
England's Dreaming: Anarchy, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock, and Beyond 1992 Savage, John ISBN 0-302-08774-8 First US paperback edition. Main focus is punk, but also covers early post-punk and industrial. User:Foetusized
From Joy Division to New Order: The true story of Anthony H Wilson and Factory Records 1996 Middles, Mick ISBN 0-7535-0638-6 2002 reprint edition. History of the record label, including The Haçienda and other Madchester content. User:Foetusized
The Great Alternative and Indie Discography 1999 Strong, Martin C. ISBN 0 86241 913 1 The best source for discographies. Also potted biographies. Far more reliable than similar works. User:Michig
The Great Rock Discography 6th edn. 2002 Strong, Martin C. ISBN 1 84195 312 1 User:Michig
Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music 2009 Prato, Greg ISBN 978 1 55022 877 9 Great source for quotes from musicians and people in the music industry; includes interviews with friends of musicians. User:Mheart
Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums 2006 David Roberts (ed.) ISBN 1-904994-10-5 All UK chart positions for the Top 75 singles and albums from 1952 to 2005 inclusive User:JD554
The Guinness Who's Who of Indie and New Wave Music 1992 Larkin, Colin ISBN 0-85112-579-4 User:Michig
Guitar World Presents: Alternative Rock 1999 Various Reprint collection of Guitar World articles on alternative and punk rock. Features sections devoted to grunge and industrial (as well as punk and hardcore) and is filled assorted interviews and profiles. User:WesleyDodds
Indie Hits 1980–1989 1997 Lazell, Barry (compiled by) ISBN 0-95172-069-4 The complete UK Indie Charts from 1980 to 1989. User:JD554
International Discography of the New Wave: Volume 1982-1983 1982 George, B. & DeFoe, Martha, editors ISBN 0-7119-0050-7 Discographies and sometimes lineups. User:hcethatsme
Milk It!: Collected Musings on the Alternative Music Explosion of the 90's 2004 DeRogatis, Jim ISBN 0-306-81271-1 Reprint collection of articles by DeRogatis on bands from the alternative era, with chapters devoted to Nirvana, Hole, Pearl Jam, The Smashing Pumpkins, and British alternative rock User:WesleyDodds
User:Brandt Luke Zorn
More Rock Family Trees 1998 Frame, Pete ISBN 0-7119-6879-9 Includes: London Punk, Liverpool Punk, Manchester Post-punk to Madchester, Velvet Underground, Los Angeles Paisley Underground User:Foetusized
musicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide 1999 Graff, Gary & Durchholz, Daniel, editors ISBN 1-57859-061-2 Brief articles, lineups, discographies User:hcethatsme
Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991 2001 Azerrad, Michael ISBN 0-316-78753-1 Hardcover edition, first edition User:WesleyDodds
User:CloudNine (paperback)
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk 1996 McNeil,Legs
McCain, Gillian
ISBN 0-8021-4264-8 Focused on punk, but might be handy. Includes a good bit on The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, MC5, and The New York Dolls. User:Maxcap
Rip It Up and Start Again: Post Punk 1978-1984 2005 Reynolds, Simon ISBN 978-0571215690 Available in paperback. The US version is abridged. User:Folkor
Rip It Up and Start Again: Post Punk 1978-1984 2006 Reynolds, Simon ISBN 0-14-303672-6 US paperback version. Shorter by over a hundred pages, and obviously focuses on post-punk, but includes a highly useful Afterword that discusses the emergence of alternative rock and compares it with post-punk. User:WesleyDodds
Rip It Up and Start Again: Post Punk 1978-1984 2005 Reynolds, Simon ISBN 978-0-571-21570-6 Available in paperback. UK version. User:Michig
Rock Music Styles: A History 2003 Charlton, Katherine The "Major Trends of the Eighties and Nineties" chapter (ostensibly the alternative rock chapter) is one of the less informative chapters in this rock music textbook (the gothic rock section in the chapter is pretty decent, though), but the book provides brief yet highly useful musical studies of the structure, instrumentation, and lyrics of select songs. The alt-rock songs dissected in this chapter are: "Radio Free Europe" by R.E.M., "Everyday Is Like Sunday" by Morrissey, "Wasteland" by The Mission, "Could You Be the One?" by Hüsker Dü, "Stigmata" by Ministry, and "Doll Parts" by Hole. User:WesleyDodds
Rolling Stone's Alt-Rock-A-Rama 1996 Various
Schinder, Scott, ed.
ISBN 0-385-31360-8 Lists, articles, source material (the set list for the first Ramones show, for instance). Includes contributions from musicians. User:Foetusized
Spin: 20 Years of Alternative Music 2005 Various Articles by various writers on major artists and movements in music from 1985 to 2005, accompanied by excerpts from old Spin articles. Title's a bit of a misnomer since the book also covers hip-hop, heavy metal, electronic music, and pop, but there's still a chapter for almost every major alternative rock artist from that timeframe. User:WesleyDodds
Spin Alternative Record Guide 1995 Weisbard, Eric with Marks, Craig, eds. ISBN 0-679-75574-8 Includes introductory essay on "What is Alternative Rock?" and album discographies with reviews. User:Foetusized
The Trouser Press Guide to '90s Rock [fifth edition] 1997 Robbins, Ira A. ISBN 0-684-81437-4 Content available online at User:hcethatsme
The Trouser Press Record Guide: fourth edition 1991 Robbins, Ira A. ISBN 0-02-036361-3 Content available online at User:hcethatsme
Turn On Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock 2003 DeRogatis, Jim ISBN 0634055488 Nominally about psychedelic rock, but includes some stuff about some alternative artists, including My Bloody Valentine, Wilco, Radiohead, Queens of the Stone Age, some of the Elephant 6 guys, etc, etc. User:Brandt Luke Zorn
We Owe You Nothing, Punk Planet : The Collected Interviews 2001 Sinker, Daniel ISBN 1888451149 User:Sven_loreburg


Alice in Chains[edit]

Title Year Author ISBN Comments Contact
Layne Staley: Get Born Again 2006 Rubio, Adriana ISBN 0976659018 Great for direct quotes particularly in handwritten letters by Staley and his mother. The band's fan community widely considers this book to be trash for any other reason due to lack of support by the Alice camp. User:Mheart


Title Year Author ISBN Comments Contact
Dark Entries: Bauhaus and Beyond 1994 Shirley, Ian Also covers solo careers and side projects (Love and Rockets, Tones on Tail, etc.) User:WesleyDodds

Belle and Sebastian[edit]

Title Year Author ISBN Comments Contact
Belle & Sebastian: Just a Modern Rock Story 2005 ISBN 0312341377 Whitelaw, Paul User:Brandt Luke Zorn

Julian Cope[edit]

Title Year Author ISBN Comments Contact
Head On & Reposessed 1999 Cope, Julian ISBN 0-7225-3882-0 Two volumes of autobiography, published back-to-back. Covers 1976-1989, including the Crucial Three and The Teardrop Explodes, and his solo career through the recording of Droolian. User:Foetusized

The Cure[edit]

Title Year Author ISBN Comments Contact
Never Enough: The Story of The Cure 2005 Apter, Jeff ISBN 1-8444-9827-1 User:WesleyDodds

Echo & the Bunnymen[edit]

Title Year Author ISBN Comments Contact
Turquoise Days: The Weird World of Echo & the Bunnymen 2002 Adams, Chris ISBN 1-887128-89-1 Background of the band and all their releases up to and including 2001's Flowers. User:JD554

The Fall[edit]

Title Year Author ISBN Comments Contact
A user's guide to The Fall 2003 Thompson, Dave ISBN 1-9909-2457-9 User:Ceoil
Paintwork: A Portrait of The Fall 1989 Edge, Brian ISBN 0-7119-1740-X User:Ceoil
The Fall 2003 Smith, Mark E.
Middles, Mick
ISBN 0-7119-9762-4 "The only authorized account of the enigma that is Mark E. Smith" Primarily a book-length interview. User:Foetusized

Flaming Lips[edit]

Title Year Author ISBN Comments Contact
Staring at Sound:The True Story of Oklahoma's Fabulous Flaming Lips 2006 DeRogatis, Jim ISBN 0-7679-2140-2 User:Maxcap
User:Brandt Luke Zorn

Green Day[edit]

Title Year Author ISBN Comments Contact
Nobody Likes You: Inside the Turbulent Life, Times, and Music of Green Day 2006 Spitz, Marc ISBN 1-4013-0274-2 User:WesleyDodds
American Idiot songbook 2005 ISBN 0757939759 User:Brandt Luke Zorn

Guided by Voices[edit]

Title Year Author ISBN Comments Contact
Bee Thousand 33⅓ 2006 Woodworth, Marc ISBN 978-0-8264-1748-0 User:Brandt Luke Zorn
Guided by Voices: Twenty-One Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock and Roll 2005 Greer, James ISBN 0-8021-7013-7 User:Brandt Luke Zorn

Jane's Addiction[edit]

Title Year Author ISBN Comments Contact
Whores: An Oral Biography of Perry Farrell and Jane's Addiction 2005 Mullen, Brendan ISBN 0-306-81347-5 User:CloudNine


Title Year Author ISBN Comments Contact
Double Nickels on the Dime 33⅓ 2007 Fournier, Michael T. ISBN 978-0-8264-2787-8 User:CloudNine

My Bloody Valentine[edit]

Title Year Author ISBN Comments Contact
Loveless 33⅓ 2007 McGonigal, Mike ISBN 978-0-8264-1548-6 User:WesleyDodds

Neutral Milk Hotel[edit]

Title Year Author ISBN Comments Contact
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea 33⅓ 2005 Cooper, Kim ISBN 0-8264-1690-X User:Surachit
User:Brandt Luke Zorn


Title Year Author ISBN Comments Contact
Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana 1993 Azerrad, Michael ISBN 0-385-47199-8 Rerelease version with bonus chapter dealing with Cobain's death. User:WesleyDodds
Teen Spirit: The Stories Behind Every Nirvana Song 1996 Crisafulli, Chuck ISBN 0-684-83356-5 User:WesleyDodds
Heavier Than Heaven 2001 Cross, Charles R. ISBN 0-7868-6505-9 User:Brandt Luke Zorn
In Utero 33⅓ 2006 Gaar, Gillian G. ISBN 978-0-8264-1776-3 User:Brandt Luke Zorn
Live! Tonight! Sold Out!! 1994 Kerslake, Kevin (DVD) User:Brandt Luke Zorn
Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in New York 2007 McCarthy, Beth (DVD) User:WesleyDodds
Classic Albums—Nirvana: Nevermind 2004 (DVD) User:WesleyDodds
Nevermind songbook 1998 ISBN 0793592445 User:Brandt Luke Zorn
In Utero songbook 1998 ISBN 0793592461 User:Brandt Luke Zorn


Title Year Author ISBN Comments Contact
Don't Look Back in Anger 1998 Hutton, Chris ISBN 0-6710-1567-2 User:Surachit
Definitely Maybe 2004 (DVD) Tenth anniversary CD/DVD combo release, with documentary about the making of the album User:WesleyDodds
Definitely Maybe songbook 1996 ISBN 0793569621 User:Brandt Luke Zorn
(What's the Story) Morning Glory songbook 1996 ISBN 0793562880 User:Brandt Luke Zorn


Title Year Author ISBN Comments Contact
Perfect Sound Forever 2003 Jovanovic, Rob ISBN 1-932112-07-3 User:Brandt Luke Zorn
Wowee Zowee: Sordid Sentinels Edition 2006 Contains a 64-page booklet with essays from people involved with the album's recording. User:Brandt Luke Zorn


Title Year Author ISBN Comments Contact
Doolittle 33⅓ 2006 Sisario, Ben ISBN 0-8264-1774-4 User:CloudNine
Fool the World: The Oral History of a Band Called Pixies 2005 Frank, Josh; Ganz, Caryn ISBN 0-7535-1023-5 User:CloudNine


Title Year Author ISBN Comments Contact
OK Computer 33⅓ 2004 Griffiths, Dai ISBN 0826416632 User:Folkor
Welcome to the Machine: OK Computer and the Death of the Classic Album 2007 Footman, Tim ISBN 1842403885 User:Brandt Luke Zorn

Red Hot Chili Peppers[edit]

Title Year Author ISBN Comments Contact
Scar Tissue 2004 Kiedis, Anthony and Sloman, Larry ISBN 1-4013-0101-0 Kiedis' autobiography User:NSR77
User:T. Moitie


Title Year Author ISBN Comments Contact
R.E.M.: Fiction: An Alternative Biography 2003 Buckley, David Closest thing to an official biography. Features extensive interviews with Peter Buck and Mike Mills. User:WesleyDodds
It Crawled From the South: An R.E.M. Companion 1997 Gray, Marcus Second edition User:WesleyDodds
Murmur 33⅓ Niimi, J User:WesleyDodds
The R.E.M. Companion: Two Decades of Commentary 1998 Platt, John Collection of news articles and interviews. User:WesleyDodds
Talk About The Passion: An Oral History 1998 Sullivan, Denise User:Teemu08

The Smashing Pumpkins[edit]

Title Year Author ISBN Comments Contact
Siamese Dream songboook 1994 ISBN 089898825X User:Brandt Luke Zorn

The Smiths[edit]

Title Year Author ISBN Comments Contact
Morrissey & Marr: The Severed Alliance 1993 Rogan, Johnny ISBN 0-7119-3000-7 UK paperback, "New Revised Edition" on the cover User:Foetusized
The Smiths: The Visual Documentary 1994 Rogan, Johnny ISBN 0-7119-3337-5 Day-by-day history of the band, with photos. Large format paperback. User:Foetusized

Siouxsie & the Banshees[edit]

Title Year Author ISBN Comments Contact
Siouxsie & the Banshees: The Authorised Biography 2003 Paytress, Mark User:WesleyDodds


Title Year Author ISBN Comments Contact
Supergrass: The Illustrated Story 1996 Everett, True ISBN 0-600-589-773 User:TwentiethApril1986
"Supergrass" 1996 Holorny, Linda ISBN 0-7119-5497-6 "
The Night Shines Like Fireflies: A Portrait of "Supergrass" in Berlin 2007 Allum, Greg ISBN 0-954-670-922 "

The Replacements[edit]

Title Year Author ISBN Comments Contact
The Replacements: All Over But the Shouting 2007 Walsh, Jim ISBN 978-0-7603-3062-3 User:CloudNine

The Stone Roses[edit]

Title Year Author ISBN Comments Contact
The Stone Roses 33⅓ Green, Alex User:WesleyDodds
Stone Roses--"Talking": Stone Roses in Their Own Words 2003 Chapman, Brian User:WesleyDodds


Title Year Author ISBN Comments Contact
Pinkerton songbook 1999 ISBN 0793591244 User:Brandt Luke Zorn


Title Year Author ISBN Comments Contact
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart: A Film About Wilco 2002 Jones, Sam (DVD) User:Teemu08
Wilco: Learning How to Die 2005 Kot, Greg ISBN 0767915585 Also extensively covers Uncle Tupelo User:Teemu08


Alternative Press[edit]

Issue Year Month Features Comments Contact
#224 2007 March Taste of Chaos Interviews with The Used, 30 Seconds to Mars, Senses Fail, Bayside, and Saosin. User:CattleGirl


Issue Year Month Features Comments Contact
#102 2002 May The Stone Roses, Wilco, Bright Eyes and Desaparecidos Cover feature is a comprehensive oral history of The Stone Roses by all four band members. User:WesleyDodds
#116 2003 July R.E.M., Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Richard Hawley Cover feature is about the recording of R.E.M.'s Around the Sun before it was even named; for some reason the interview segues into a retrospective of Fables of the Reconstruction halfway through. Also features a brief overview of every R.E.M. album with comments from the band. User:WesleyDodds
Vol. 1, #13 2006 Mojo Classic: Morrissey & The Story of Manchester Special edition. Covers the Manchester rock scene from punk to now. Relevant alt-rock topics include The Smiths and Morrissey, New Order, the Madchester scene, and Oasis. User:WesleyDodds
#168 2007 November Liam Gallagher, The Coral User:WesleyDodds
#177 2008 August Twentieth anniversary of Sub Pop, Mudhoney, Sigur Rós User:WesleyDodds
Vol. 2, #7 2009 Mojo Classic: Britpop Special edition. Articles on Suede, Pulp, Oasis, Supergrass, Elastica, The Battle of Britpop, Blur. Also includes album reviews, interviews and timelines. User:JD554


Issue Year Month Features Comments] Contact
Vol. 1, #17 2004 NME Originals: Goth Reprint collection of articles, interviews, and reviews about gothic rock from the late 1970s to 1992, focusing on The Cure, Siouxsie & the Banshees, and The Sisters of Mercy. User:WesleyDodds
Vol. 2, #4 2005 NME Originals: Britpop Reprint collection of articles, interviews, and reviews about Britpop from 1991 to 1998, focusing on Oasis, Blur, and Pulp. User:WesleyDodds


Issue Year Month Features Comments Contact
#085 1993 October Heroin, paranoia, hatred, death... Things are looking up for Nirvana (exclusive interview) It is a regular issue featuring Nirvana on the cover (and a lot of interesting stuff). User:Dr. Who
# 2004 May The Inside Story: The Smiths and Morrissey Special edition. Collected interviews, reviews and musings, 1983-2004. User:Ceoil
# 2005 December The Story of Grunge Special edition. Covers the Seattle grunge scene, focusing on Nirvana User:CloudNine
#250 2007 May Amy Winehouse Large "reveal all" article about Amy Winehouse. Interview with Johnny Borrell. Story of The Smiths demise. User:T. Moitie
#251 2007 June Be Here Now Feature article on the tenth anniversary of the release of Be Here Now. Interview with Tom Chaplin of Keane. Kaiser Chiefs article. User:WesleyDodds
#261 2008 April R.E.M. Feature article to coincide with the release of R.E.M.'s Accelerate. Interview with Gogol Bordello. "The Complete Radiohead" feature covering the band's entire discography. User:WesleyDodds
#263 2008 June Summer tour guide Several Q&As with the likes of Foo Fighters, Franz Ferdinand, The Killers, and Billy Bragg. History of Madchester feature. Interview with Nick Cave. User:WesleyDodds

Rolling Stone[edit]

Issue Year Month Features Comments Contact
1 to 1026 1967-2007 Rolling Stone Cover to Cover Archive on four DVDs. User:Foetusized
1041 2007 December Feist, The Hives User:Brandt Luke Zorn
1042/1043 2008 January Year end double issue, with lists of RS's favorite songs and albums from the year. User:Brandt Luke Zorn
1045 2008 February The front reads: "THE FUTURE BELONGS TO RADIOHEAD". Also a Cat Power interview User:Brandt Luke Zorn
1046 2008 February Stephen Malkmus, Beck on Odelay, and some information on the Juno soundtrack. User:Brandt Luke Zorn


Issue Year Month Features Comments Contact
2004 November Green Day, The Killers, freak folk User:WesleyDodds
2004 December U2, Gwen Stefani, noise rock, Elliott Smith User:WesleyDodds
2005 January The Year in Music 2004 User:WesleyDodds
2005 February The Killers, Bright Eyes User:WesleyDodds
2005 March 20 Years of Classic Photos, Reader's Poll User:WesleyDodds
2005 April Interpol, Guided by Voices User:WesleyDodds
2005 May Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age User:WesleyDodds
2005 July 100 Greatest Albums of the Past 20 Years Complete list of albums can be found here. Each album has a paragraph or more written about it; albums in the top ten have often have four or more. User:WesleyDodds
2005 August Foo Fighters, Billy Corgan User:WesleyDodds
2005 September Death Cab for Cutie, Franz Ferdinand, My Chemical Romance tour diary User:WesleyDodds
2005 November 20th Anniversary Interviews (Part 2) Interview profiles with Franz Ferdinand, Robert Smith of The Cure, Gwen Stefani, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Fiona Apple, Perry Farrell, and Michael Stipe of R.E.M. User:WesleyDodds
2005 December The Fiery Furnaces User:WesleyDodds
2008 April R.E.M., Kim Deal, Bradford Cox of Deerhunter User:WesleyDodds

Total Guitar[edit]

Issue Year Month Features Comments Contact
#134 2005 April Green Day All interviews User:CloudNine
#140 2005 September Foo Fighters, Frank Black All interviews User:CloudNine
#155 2006 November My Chemical Romance, AFI, Dave Navarro, The Fratellis Interviews with Ray Toro and Frank Iero about The Black Parade, Jade Puget of AFI, Jet, Zakk Wylde, The Fratellis and gear discussion with Padge of Bullet For My Valentine. User:CattleGirl

Subscription websites[edit]

Rock's Backpages[edit]

Website Features Comments Contact
Rock's Backpages Various artists Subscription website with archive interviews, reviews and articles from many magazines. There are gaps in the archive. User:JD554