Break on Through: The Life & Death of Jim Morrison
The New York Times Bestseller Break on Through, Riordan’s biography of Doors lead singer Jim Morrison, has not only been called “the most objective, thorough and professional Morrison biography” by the Times Book Review but also named as one of the Ten All Time Best Rock Biographies by Amazon.com.
More than simply a fascinating look at a rock legend whose cult following never stops growing, here is the definitive Morrison biography: his angry relationship with his father; the early tragedies and terrible events responsible for the darkness of his artistic vision; his private life and legal trials, including his infamous Miami obscenity bust; and the truth about his final hours. Based on extensive research and featuring dozens of rarely published photographs, this is the authoritative portrait of the poet, the grim visionary, the haunted man, and his haunting music.
Stone: The Controversies, Excesses & Exploits of a Radical Film Director
Riordan worked as a consultant on Oliver Stone’s film of Morrison’s life, The Doors, which led to his writing Stone’s biography. Published by Hyperion /Disney in December 1995, Entertainment Weekly called STONE “an unflinching biography… enough spectacle to fill a month of daytime-TV talk shows.” The New York Post said reading the book was like “the sensory overload of watching all of Oliver Stone’s movies back to back.” Oliver Stone’s professional achievements and personal demons are captured in this explosive biography of the outspoken, Oscar-winning filmmaker–his spoiled but neglected childhood, his tour in Vietnam, his struggle as a screenwriter, and his incredible acclaim as a director.
The Bishop of Rwanda: Finding Forgiveness Amidst A Pile of Bones
Critics described Riordan’s The Bishop of Rwanda as “One of the most important books you’ll ever read.” In 1994, as his country descended into the madness of genocide, Anglican Bishop John Rucyahana underwent the mind-numbing pain of having members of his church and family butchered. John refused to become a part of the systemic hatred. He founded the Sonrise orphanage and school for children orphaned in the genocide, and he now leads reconciliation efforts between his own Tutsi people, the victims of this horrific massacre, and the perpetrators, the Hutus. His remarkable story is one that demands to be told.
The Platinum Rainbow: to Succeed in the Music Business (Revised 25th Anniversary Edition: The ultimate career book on the music industry.) The Platinum Rainbow (written with Bob Monaco) was called “One of the best how-to books ever written” by the Los Angeles Daily News. Provides an inside look at the recording industry and tells you how to think realistically in a business based on fantasy, how to promote yourself, how to get a manager, producer or agent, how to get free recording time, how to make a deal, how to recognize and record a hit song, how to be a session musician, how to start your own internet label, how to put together the six key elements a record label looks for, how to kick your brother out of the band and much more.
The Coming of the Walrus : What really happened in the ’60s – A novel
The Coming of the Walrus, Riordan’s novel about the 60s as “the definitive book on the era” and “a hilarious tale of a harrowing search for the greatest truth of all”.
When a down and out acid casualty stumbles across the greatest secret of the 1960s, all hell and half of heaven breaks loose. In his effort to find the famed Walrus of the Beatles legend, Dave Chalmers battles his way through demons, madmen, murderers and conspiracy tales to cross paths with nearly every myth and wild tale of the era including who killed John Kennedy, what really happened to Jimi Hendrix, the faking of Jim Morrison’s death, where Elvis is today and what was the real power behind the greatest era. A wild supernatural ride with loads of comedic twists that explores the legendary myths of the magical, mysterious 1960s including the greatest myth of all — who and what was the Walrus?