The Big Book of Rock & Roll Names

Adam Dolgins


The Big Book of Rock & Roll Names tells the behind-the-scenes stories of how the world’s most popular and influential rock and pop acts got their names. By turns fascinating, funny, and bizarre, the pages offer insight into the peculiar choices and idiosyncratic psychologies of hundreds of top musicians from the 1960s to the present. Originally published more than two decades ago to great success, it’s been out of print for years and has now been completely updated and expanded to feature dozens of exclusive interviews including conversations with groups like The Black Keys, The Killers, Twenty One Pilots, Coldplay, Cage the Elephant, and Vampire Weekend. From Arcade Fire to ZZ Top, this diverting and handsome collection reveals the often overlooked but defining histories of hundreds of the biggest names in rock and pop.

Creator Bio

Adam Dolgins started his career at the influential satire magazine SPY and later transitioned to television where he has worked as a writer, producer, and/or executive for the MTV, CMT, truTV, VH1, and Adult Swim networks.
Price £13.99
Format Paperback / softback
Publication Date 7 May 2019
Pages 304
Height 216mm
Width 152mm
Illustrations 2-colour interior
Rights Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Central & South America, Caribbean
ISBN-13 9781419732591