the 4 books by ian glasper about uk hardcore/punk in the 80s to 90s
Really enjoyed these- the first 2 as they covered bands I had revered since childhood and never got to see the first time round, the second 2 even more so as it was stuff I could relate to first hand.
The Rollins Black Flag book (Get in the Van) is good but his writing style doesn't work for everyone. Stevie Chick's Black Flag book (Spray Paint the Walls) is worth a read and obviously less Rollins-biased.
Others I'd recommend are:
Our Band Could Be Your Life- Michael Azerrad (a chapter each on 13 influential US bands of the 80s including Minor Threat, Minutemen, Big Black, Husker du, Black Flag amongst others). Nicley written- even persuaded me to revisit the likes of Sonic Youth who I always thought were pretty cack.
American Hardcore- Steven Blush.
Something of a wasted opportunity (much like the spin off film of the same name) but covers so much ground of one of the most essential musical movements (US punk 80 - 86) that it's hard not to devour if you've been moved by the adrenalin rush of Bad Brains, MDC, Circle Jerks et al.
The Primal Screamer- Nick Blinko
Part autobiography of the mentally unstable mind behind Rudimentary Peni, part fictional appraisal of the early 80s anarcho scene interspersed with many a mental health conundrum. I loved it.
As for metal, I'd recommend the biographies by Lemmy, Ozzy, Tony Iommi and Tom G Warrior but can't say any of the more wide ranging books have really gripped me since Lords of Chaos.
[Edited by basstard at 23:40 on 29/12/12]