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Anne Erickson


CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 14: Inductees Flea, Chad Smith and Anthony Kiedis of The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform onstage during the 27th Annual Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Hall on April 14, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

We’re stuck at home for a while, so why not use the downtime to catch up on some great rock ‘n’ roll books?

Here are five rock books and memoirs to put on your must-read list while staying in.

Acid for the Children

Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player Flea reflects on his childhood with in new memoir, “Acid for the Children.” In the book, he talks about everything from moving to the U.S. from Australia to his relationship with Anthony Kiedis to how he found music.

A Perfect Union of Contrary Things

Maynard James Keenan is about as mysterious as it gets, but he gives fans an intimate look at his life in “A Perfect Union of Contrary Things,” co-written by Sarah Jensen, a friend of 30 years. The book discusses his early days in the Michigan, his time in the Army and, of course, getting into music.


Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has lived the kind of rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle that most of us could hardly even imagine. Well, we do have an inside view at Richards’ world with “Life,” a memoir written by Richards and journalist James Fox. The book covers his love for music, relationship with Mick Jagger, problems with drugs, relationships with women and more.

Murder In The Front Row

San Francisco’s Brian Lew and Harald Oimoen tell the glorious tale of thrash in “Murder In the Front Row.” The book, which is jam-packed with vibrant photos, chronicles the history of the Bay Area thrash metal scene, with rare pics of Metallica, Slayer and more.

Everybody Loves Our Town

If you’re a grunge fan, then hopefully you have “Everybody Loves Our Town” on your radar. The book, penned by Mark Yarm, features commentary from musicians, radio hosts, fanzine music journalists and more who were active during the early-’90s grunge explosion. They each have their colorful stories and memories to share.

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for hard rock and heavy metal music, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings.