Books by Paul Trynka

When Paul Trynka was finishing his last book—a thick, detailed bio of Iggy Pop—his son asked him if the punk legend liked kids. “I told him no,” the former Mojo editor says. “So my son said to me, ‘Why are you spending so much time with him?’ I promised him my next book would be about a good dad.” Of course, it wasn’t David Bowie’s parenting skills that really fascinated Trynka. It was how the rock icon had continually reinvented himself even long before he donned the Ziggy Stardust makeup. It’s the main theme of David Bowie: Starman. As Trynka trekked around England, talking to over 200 of Bowie’s former bandmates and associates, what he discovered was both a complex and intelligent man and a purposeful blank slate, both of which were essential in making Bowie perhaps the greatest solo pop star in history. Photo credit: Paul Trynka

BRIAN JONES by Paul Trynka
Released: Oct. 9, 2014

"An intimate portrait of the multifaceted and beguiling Jones, who forever changed popular music and culture."
A lively biography of the enigmatic founder of the Rolling Stones, who was dethroned and died just as the band approached its artistic peak. Read full book review >
DAVID BOWIE by Paul Trynka
Released: July 18, 2011

"Bowie nerds will love it, and music nerds will admire it; regular nerds and most others will think it's about 150 pages too long."
Everything you always wanted to know about the Thin White Duke. Everything. Read full book review >
IGGY by Paul Trynka
Released: April 10, 2007

"The author's love for a flawed-but-deep-down-okay dude, plus his amazing eye for detail, make this one of the finest rock bios of recent memory: Music and pop culture fans will dig it even if they don't dig Ig."
Is it possible to adore a rock star who has been known to throw watermelons at concertgoers, defecate onstage behind an amplifier and purposefully cut his bare chest with a shard of glass? You betcha. Read full book review >