The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars
This second edition of Jeremy Simmonds' The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars (Chicago Review Press, $24.95) adds a number of new dead musicians, including one big name (Michael Jackson) but, notably, not another (Whitney Houston). That's because this volume cuts off with 2011 (in other words, look for an updated future installment). Useful: an alphabetized index to find the entry for your dead rock star. Not useful: the layout, which works like a calendar by month and year, starting with the death of iconic disc jockey Alan Freed in January of 1965. Who died the day I wrote this? Duane Allman in 1971. A second index of dates would have made that easier to find.