ACC Art books is an online treasure trove, a place to find the best in books about music, art, travel and fashion. With a regular drop of new titles, ACC Art Books could be the answer if you have someone who is very hard to buy for when it comes to Christmas.
Rock ‘n’ Roll London is one of their newest titles. Subtitled ‘A Guide To The City’s Musical Heritage’ the book is a sort of A to Z of London’s rock ‘n’ roll history, ‘The Knowledge’ for fans of rock ‘n’ roll trivia. It is all about those important addresses, the ones where rock stars lived and died, where iconic groups were formed, videos were filmed, gigs were played, arguments took place. It is about the place where jobbing musicians become legends, where those truly iconic albums were recorded.
The book is heavy on interesting, sometimes little known facts about the creme de la creme of British rock, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, Oasis, Blur and Amy Winehouse. It also features international stars like Madonna, Prince, Bob Dylan, Mama Cass and Nilsson. Some of the facts are well known, for instance, the location of where three members of the Rolling Stones took a pee outside a petrol station. Others are less well known, for instance, the pub which gave Mark Knopfler the inspiration for the classic ‘Sultans of Swing’, or information about the shop that Prince once opened in London.
Their are some great images in the book to illustrate this musical map, and the book is a very quick and easy read. It is also very entertaining, I read it in one sitting because I genuinely didn’t want to put it down, and have now promised to pass it on to my brother-in-law after I spent some time singing its praises to him.
If you love rock ‘n’ roll stories, the famous and the infamous, this book is a perfect read that will not disappoint. The book costs £15 and is available here.