I have been doing quite a bit of reading lately. Here are three books that I highly recommend:
1. "Life" by Keith Richards and James Fox.
The autobiography of the Rolling Stones resident pirate and bad boy is indispensable reading for any rock and roll fan. He even answered my most burning question: "Did they really replace all of his blood?"
2. "Al Jaffee's Mad Life" by Mary-Lou Weisman and Al Jaffee.
I grew up reading Mad magazine, and always admired the work of Al Jaffee, especially "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions" and the fold-ins. As it turns out, he has lived a very interesting life as well. The beauty of this book is the fact that he also illustrated it!
3. "The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop" by Dan Charnas.
I'm currently only halfway through this book, but it's a great read. A truly comprehensive history of hip-hop, and highly recommended.