I bought Rock ‘n’ Roll Love Stories - True Tales of The Passion and Drama Behind The Stage Acts right around Valentine’s Day, thinking my husband and I could review the book together. We both read it and discovered there was no need for that as we had the same thoughts about it. Love is not what came to mind.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 40 years, or you’re really young and just haven’t heard of these rockers, you won’t learn anything new about these famous couples. It’s an attractive book, but looks alone can’t make up for the lack of content. The writing is less than stellar and the syntax and grammar made me cringe – as a former copy editor, I am not very forgiving when I find mistake after mistake. It’s hard to concentrate on the words when you can’t get past the poor editing.
The book is organized in chronological order, so to speak, beginning with Johnny Cash and June Carter, and ending with Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love. In between, you’ll find the stories of Ike and Tina Turner, Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, Sonny and Cher, George Harrison and Pattie Boyd, Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithful, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, James Taylor and Carly Simon, Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson, Debbie Harry and Chris Stein, and Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. The chapters are fairly short and lacking in detail. I read this book in one afternoon.
I should have spent the money I used to purchase this book to buy a heart-shaped box of Godiva chocolates. It would have had more substance - and been a lot more satisfying.