Rock & Roll Nightmares

True Stories, Volume One

Non-Fiction - Music/Entertainment
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 06/23/2022
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Reviewed by Gordon D. Durich for Readers' Favorite

Rock and Roll Nightmares: True Stories, Volume 1 is all about the dark side of rock and roll music personalities, which are exposed in this narration by rock music writer and documentary director Staci Layne Wilson in a very juicy manner. Welcome to this collective dream of shocking stories, controversial trivia, and behind-the-scenes tales. The opening chapter delves into the infamous “27 Club,” the musicians who all died at that uncanny shared age. And it all goes on from there, dishing the dirt about celebrities, but in an honest and captivating way.

Staci Layne Wilson’s Rock and Roll Nightmares: True Stories is a sparkling work of non-fiction. Her writing style is conversational and reflects her love of, and experience with, the music industry - particularly rock and roll. I loved how Wilson used rock song titles as the names of the chapters, such as Highway to Hell and Magical Mystery Tour, as their theme. Wilson uses humor and includes quotes by not only the infamous rock and roll legends she admires, like Pete Townsend of The Who, but also zany words of wit by Groucho Marx: “I don’t want to belong to a club that accepts me as a member.” This book is about the “sex, drugs and rock and roll” lifestyles of artists like Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison of The Doors. It drew me in and kept me interested throughout. This book rocks!

B. Sackett

A good book about the music stars gone too soon

B. Sackett

IF you are into Rock, this is the book for YOU!!!

Susan VN

If you love Rock & Roll, you will love this book! Meticulously researched, with interesting facts and stories. It’s taken me a long time to read, because I’m always looking up the musician and their music. Fantastic Music History Lesson!