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The Rock And Roll Book Of The Dead

by David Comfort

Published by: Citadel Press

352 pages, 6.00 x 228.60 x 21.34 in, 16-page color photo insert

  • ISBN: 9780806532127
  • Published: August 2009

$1.99 (USD)

Once you're dead, you're made for life. --Jimi Hendrix

Hendrix. Janis. Morrison. Elvis. Lennon. Cobain. Garcia.

Their reckless brilliance held the key to their self-destruction. Their deaths had much in common--and, surprisingly, so did their lives. From lonely childhoods marred by loss to groundbreaking music and turbulent careers that ended tragically and suspiciously, David Comfort explodes the myths as he probes:

   • The sinister roles of Hendrix's manager and girlfriend in his death and subsequent cover-up

   • The bizarre odyssey of Jim Morrison's corpse

   • Why Kurt Cobain was worth more dead than alive to Courtney Love

   • The twisted motives that caused John Lennon to sail through the Devil's Triangle to Bermuda--nearly going down in a storm--shortly before he was fatally shot

   • The crippling disease and "miracle" drug that drove Elvis to suicide

Charismatic and gifted, but also isolated and conflicted, these are not the rock icons you thought you knew. Here are their larger-than-life stories of turmoil and excess that led to their early deaths and ultimate immortality. It's a wild ride to the other side of fame.

"Fame is the soul eater." --Jerry Garcia

"Everybody loves you when you're six foot in the ground." --John Lennon

Includes Rare Photos

David Comfort is the author of three bestselling nonfiction books. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, including Eclectic Literary Forum, Pacific Review, Coe Review, and Belletrist Review. He has been the recipient of several literary prizes and a finalist for such prestigious awards as the Nelson Algren Award and America's Best. A former rock musician, he has spent over 30 years studying rock music, particularly the revolutionary and fatalistic pioneers of the 1960s. He lives in Santa Rosa, California.