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Authors: Boston Rock

Adam Abramowitz
An ex bike messenger and big Boston music fan. His books are filled with references to mostly 80s Boston bands and even lyrics.

  • Bosstown (2017)
  • A Town Called Malice (2019) - Our Review

Johnny Angel
Johnny thrilled us with Thrills and the Blackjacks. For his first book Looking For Lady Dee he put a lot of the Boston early punk scene as a backdrop to a mystery.

Nancy Barile
Nancy writes about the hardcore scene beginning in Philladelphia and ending in Boston.

  • I'm Not Holding Your Coat (2021)
  • How Much Art Can You Take (2023)

Johnny Barnes
Johnny played all over in the early punk days with the Johnny Barnes Group. He still plays guitar, but after retiring from being a Policeman he started to write mysteries featuring Jack Kelly. Earlier books mention some Boston bands/clubs. Dead on the Internet is the book where he delivers some visceral violence.

Mach Bell
Lead singer of Thundertrain and more specifically to his first book - singer for the Joe Perry Project. The book is a diary of his two years with Joe Perry.
His second book is a another diary, this time of the earlier days of Boston rock and Boston punk.

  • Once a Rocker, Always a Rocker (2019)
  • I Gotta Rock (2021)

Rick Berlin
Member of Orchestra Luna, Berlin Airlift, Nickel & Dime Band, Shelly Winters Project.
The Big Balloon talks about Orchetra Luna. It also gives the orgins of many songs. The eBook version links to the songs as he mentions them.

  • The Paragraphs (2016)
  • The Big Balloon (2021)

Monika Bolino
She was deep into the scene in the 80s and worked up this fun cook book.

  • The Boston Rock 'n Roll Cookbook (1987)

Liz Borden
Liz led Lizzie Borden and the Axes for decades. She's now an actress and an writer.

  • Photos From The Road Of Life: Series #1 (2019)
  • My Life In Poetry & Short Stories Volume 1 (2020)
  • Liz Borden - My Life In Short Stories And Poetry Volume 2 (2019)
  • The Facts & Importance Of Bees, Bugs & Butterflies for Kids (2020)

Sadie Dupuis
Sadie is the singer for the group Speedy Ortiz. She has two poetry books.

  • Cry Perfume (2022)
  • Mouthguard (2018)

Stona Finch
He played with Scruffy the Cat. Now he's a well-respected writer. Under the name Rory Flynn he has written two crime novels (Third Rail/Dark Horse) with some Boston punk groups mentioned in passing.

  • Dark Horse (2016)
  • Third Rail (2014)
  • Give + Take (2010)
  • Printer's Devil (2009)
  • Senseless (2001)
  • Strategies for Success (1992)

Paul Harding
He was in the group Cold Water Flat. Tinkers won a Pulitzer Prize.

Tom Hauck
He played for the Atlantics and wrote a novel about a band - write about what you know, they say.

John Hovorka
He led the Turbines who were way popular in their time. He wrote one novel.

  • The Story of Johnny Wylde

Mike Howlett
Guitarist for A Bunch of Jerks. Has four books dealing with Eerie Publications who published horror comics.

  • The Weird World of Eerie Publications (2010)
  • The Worst of Eerie Publications (2014)
  • The Weird Indexes of Eerie Publications (2012)
  • Eerie Publications - The Complete Covers: The Whole Bloody Mess (2021)

Bill Janovitz
Bill made his mark with Buffalo Tom. His first book was in the 33 1/3 series.

  • Leon Russell: The Master of Space and Time's Journey Through Rock & Roll History (2023)
  • Rocks Off: 50 Tracks That Tell the Story of the Rolling Stones (2014)
  • The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street (2005)

Terry Kitchen
He was in the group Loose Ties. He used his life experience to write a fiction novel of a group in Boston. It's all about living and playing rock in the Boston scene.

Michael Patrick MacDonald
Michael got tons of attention for his two books. They have local color and family turmoil along with some remembrances of the local scene.

  • All Souls (1999)
  • Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion (2006) - Our review.

Hilkin Mancini
She had the idea and she did the follow through. Why not have aerobics with punk music?
She has the program live on stage, on YouTube videos and in this book.

  • Punk Rock Aerobics (2004)

Brett Milano
Brett's been on the scene for a long time writing criticism for many publications. His major opus is The Sound of Our Town. It's nothing less than the history of Boston rock from the beginning. It's essential for any Boston rock fan.

  • Boston Rock Trivia (1985)
  • Vinyl Junkie(2003) - Our review.
  • The Sound of Our Town (2007) - Our review.
  • Don't All Thank Me At Once: The Lost Pop Genius of Scott Miller (2013) - Our review.
  • 300 Songs For 300 Years (2019)

Dave Morrison
Once Dave turned from playing rock (True Blue/Trademarks) to poetry he has been a real work horse, putting out books at a good pace. Our fave is the one completely focused on rock and the Boston Scene called Clubland.

  • Clubland Our review.
  • Sweet - Our review.
  • Brand New Day
  • Sliver
  • Black Boat, Black Water, Black Sand
  • SIX
  • Lonely Life of Spies
  • Hot Tears of Shame
  • Fail
  • Stethoscope
  • The Whole Magillah
  • Shake Hands With Your Heart
  • Cancer Poems
  • Psalms
  • Rhythm & Bruise (2007)
  • Welcome Homesick
  • refuge
  • A Murder of Crows (2021)

Nola Rizzo
She was there in the very beginning of Boston punk. First poet on the scene

  • Wolf Poems (1976)

Michael Ruffino
Michael was in Unband. This is the guy and book no one knows about but is by far the funniest and well written rock memoir out there.

Clea Simon
She was a major music critic. Now she has many books to her credit. World Enough and Hold Me Down are mysteries with the Boston music scene as the backdrop.

  • Hold Me Down (2021)
  • World Enough (2017)
  • Theda Krakow Books (4 in series)
  • Dulcie Schwartz Books (10 in series)
  • Pru Marlowe Books (7 in series)
  • Blackie & Care Mysteries Books (3 in series)
  • A Spell of Murder(2018)
  • Mad House(1997)
  • Fatherless Women(2001)
  • The Feline Mystique (2002)

Andrew Szava-Kovats
He put out books with material from his movies.

  • Let's Go To The Rat (2013)
  • Women Who Rocked Boston (2015)
  • The Last Pow Wow Oak (2011)
  • The Last Farm in Lowell (2010)
  • Grindstone Redux: 1980 Underground Network (2010)

Nicole Tammaro
You know her, she's in the front at every concert you go to. She has several books of photos.

  • Boston Punk (2010)
  • Rock of Boston: Sots, Snobs and Soul (2011)

Jake Tringali
Jake is new presence on the scene with one poetry book to his credit.

Jen Trynin
She had a good career in the 90s and wrote up a memoir.

Ryan Walsh
Ryan is in the group Hallelujah The Hills. The book covers the goings on in Boston in 1968. That includes the Bosstown Sound.

Warren Zanes
Was a member of the Del Fuegoes.

  • Deliver Me from Nowhere: The Making of Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska - (2023)
  • Warren Zanes : The Biography - (2023)
  • Petty: The Biography - (2015)
  • Revolutions in Sound: Warner Bros. Records, the First Fifty Years - (2009)
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream - (2007)
  • Dusty Springfield's Dusty in Memphis - (2003)

60's authors.

Ted Myers
Ted was in the Lost. The book is from his days from then to now.

Galen Rossop
Galen was in the Universal Underpass. The books is about his bands on the North Shore and then into Boston with the Bosslown Sound.

  • Thru The Underpass (2018)


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