Kill Your Idols

A New Generation of Rock Writers Reconsiders the Classics


Contributors and Contents




The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

— Jim DeRogatis


The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds

— Jeff Nordstedt


The Beach Boys, Smile

— Dawn Eden


The Who, Tommy

— Steve Knopper


The MC5, Kick Out the Jams

— Andy Wang


The Byrds, Sweetheart of the Rodeo

— Steven Stolder


Captain Beefheart and & His Magic Band, Trout Mask Replica

— Jason Gross


Derek and the Dominos, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs

— Marc Weingarten


Led Zeppelin, untitled (“IV”)

— Adrian Brijbassi


Neil Young, Harvest

— Fred Mills


The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main Street

— Keith Moerer


The Eagles, Desperado

— Bobby Reed


Lynyrd Skynyrd, Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd

— Leanne Potts


Gram Parsons, GP / Grievous Angel

— Chrissie Dickinson


The Doors, The Best of the Doors

— Lorraine Ali (with Jim DeRogatis)


Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon

— Burl Gilyard


Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks

— Chris Martiniano


Patti Smith, Horses

— Melanie Haupt


Bob Marley & the Wailers, Exodus

— Dave Chamberlain


Fleetwood Mac, Rumours

— Jim Walsh


Paul & Linda McCartney, Ram

— Tom Phalen


John Lennon / Yoko Ono, Double Fantasy

— Allison Stewart


The Sex Pistols, Never Mind the Bollocks . . . Here’s the Sex Pistols

— Jim Testa


Dead Kennedys, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables

— Marco Leavitt


Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run

— David Sprague


Bruce Springsteen, Born in the U.S.A.

— Rob O’Connor


Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Imperial Bedroom

— Michael Corcoran


Various artists, My Greatest Exes

— Carmιl Carrillo


U2, The Joshua Tree

— Eric Waggoner and Bob Mehr


Public Enemy, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

— Arsenio Orteza


Nirvana, Nevermind

— Anders Smith Lindall


The Smashing Pumpkins, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

— Rick Reger


Radiohead, OK Computer

— David Menconi


Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

— Allison Augustyn