The Big Book of Rock & Roll Names

How Arcade Fire, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Vampire Weekend, and 532 Other Bands Got Their Names



ISBN: 9781419732591 Category:

Adam Dolgins


The Big Book of Rock & Roll Namestells 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.

Additional information

Weight 598 g
Dimensions 15.2 x 21.6 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 7 May 2019
Number of pages 304
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 15.2 x 21.6 cm
Weight 598 g


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Based in New York, Adam Dolgins began his career at the influential satire magazine SPY. He currently works in television, where he has created and produced shows for a variety of networks, including MTV, VH1, CMT, truTV, and Adult Swim.