Death by Rock 'n' Roll

Death by Rock 'n' Roll

by David Krajicek

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(A 90-page True Crime Short with photographs) On April 1, 1984, Marvin Gaye--one of the world’s most beloved singers--was gunned down by his own father. A generation later, fans still puzzle over how it could be that a man who crooned about peace, love, and understanding could possibly meet with such a violent end--and from his own flesh and blood. Yet the history of popular music is written in blood.

Using the slaying of Marvin Gaye as an abject example of the rock and roll lifestyle, David J. Krajicek’s Death by Rock and Roll pulls together the threads of the violent ends of music stars like John Lennon, Sam Cooke, Tupac Shakur, soul saxophone legend King Curtis, and many others. Between overdoses and suicides of what are often fragile stars, rock and roll seems to qualify as one of Americas most dangerous professions. Here, experts weigh in on whether there are patterns to the violence of rock and roll and whether there have been warning signs in some cases that may have saved some lives. A fascinating read.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150297104
Publisher: RosettaBooks
Publication date: 01/20/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

David J. Krajicek is a longtime newspaperman, an author and a former Columbia University journalism professor. He is regarded as one of the country’s best true crime storytellers. He writes “The Justice Story,” a weekly true crime feature that has been running in the New York Daily News since 1923. He was a special correspondent for Time Warner’s Crime Library and has appeared frequently on television as a crime expert, including on Today and Dominick Dunne’s Power, Privilege and Justice. He has written several true crime books and his work has appeared in dozens of major publications.

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