Books by David Dalton

MY WAY by Paul Anka
Released: April 9, 2013

"Strictly for those who fetishize gaudy hotels, Mafia chic and sappy ballads."
The crooner who penned Frank Sinatra's signature tune reminisces about the Rat Pack, the shifting landscape of popular music and the truth behind the phrase, "What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas." Read full book review >
WHO IS THAT MAN? by David Dalton
Released: April 24, 2012

"Although the book ends in a bit of a limbo—as any book that follows Dylan in his later career is destined to do—this lively and literate attempt to read a half-century's worth of brain scans from a literal living legend strikes the right balance between admiration and skepticism."
The mysteries of Bob Dylan captured in even-handed, never-boring fashion. Read full book review >
POP by Tony Scherman
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Both an indelible portrait of the artist as a weird young man and an elegant survey of one of the most vital and revolutionary periods in American popular culture—a richly detailed, kaleidoscopic treat."
Former Musician and Life editor Scherman (Backbeat: Earl Palmer's Story, 2000) and Rolling Stone founding editor Dalton (Edie Factory Girl, 2006, etc.) offer a comprehensive reappraisal of the '60s heyday of pop-art savant Andy Warhol. Read full book review >
BREATHING OUT by Peggy Lipton
Released: May 9, 2005

"People who love star autobiographies will no doubt find this satisfying, though younger readers, who've never heard of Mod Squad, are unlikely to pick it up."
Predictable memory-tripping by the erstwhile star of Mod Squad. Read full book review >
EL SID by David Dalton
Released: Aug. 11, 1997

"Let the reader be forewarned, El Sid is often obscene, violent and disturbing, but then, so was the life of its protagonist; at least the typical glamorization of Sid Vicious is avoided."
Wildly uneven but ultimately compelling, Dalton's chronicle of Sid Vicious's (John Simon Ritchie) years as the bassist in the Sex Pistols covers little new factual ground but offers a fresh angle on a widely misunderstood young man. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 2, 1996

Interesting drugged-out memories from the original manager of the infamous hippie rock group. Scully was introduced to the Dead by LSD guru Owsley Stanley and became the band's manager-by-default, helping to shape this group of ``crazy-looking guys, high on acid, who had come together higgledy-piggledy'' into the ultimate San Francisco trips band. Read full book review >

FAITHFULL by Marianne Faithfull
Released: Aug. 29, 1994

A searing autobiography by one of rock 'n' roll's most tragic and romantic figures. A descendant of Austrian novelist Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, the beautiful Faithfull was discovered by Rolling Stones manager Andrew Oldham in 1964 and became an instant pop celebrity with her recording of the brooding ``As Tears Go By,'' a song Oldham asked Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to write for her. Read full book review >

MR. MOJO RISIN' by David Dalton
Released: May 24, 1991

Incandescent rock star Jim Morrison doused his own fire by drowning, drugged, in a Paris bathtub 20 years ago. Read full book review >