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Johnny Rogan is an English author of Irish descent, and first emerged in the late 70s with writings on West Coast American music. Rogan was born and spent his early childhood in the Pimlico area of London. His parents emigrated to London from Waterford (Ireland) in the 1930s. He is related to the actor John Rogan. Rogan's adolescence during the 'Swinging 60s' was vividly captured in the chapter 'The Ghost Of Electricity' from his book 'Timeless Flight Revisited'. There was no mention at all of his tragic family history which included his father (fatal heart attack, late 50s), brother (drowned), sister (fatal brain haemorrhage) and mother (emaciation), among other fatalities.

Rogan attended St Vincents, RC, and Pimlico School and spent the entire 70s as a student, obtaining his first degree in English Language & Literature at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, after which he completed an MA at Acadia University, Nova Scotia, Canada, specializing in Spenser's 'The Faerie Qveene'. This was followed by postgraduate study at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.

His first book Timeless Flight, an acclaimed biography of The Byrds was published when he was still a student at Oxford's Lady Margaret Hall. This work has since been rewritten as the 700 page plus volume, 'Timeless Flight Revisited'. The work won considerable acclaim, including biography of the year in 'Record Collector', in which it was described as "One the best biographies ever written...Expansive enough to rival War And Peace, Johnny Rogan’s definitive Byrds biography comes close to matching the emotional, if not geographical, range of Tolstoy’s epic novel. One of the achievements of Timeless Flight Revisited is the way in which it matches its narrative flair with the incisiveness of its critical comment... But it’s the narrative drive that makes the book so extraordinary. With its detailed research and fascinating interview material, Timeless Flight Revisited is a compelling portrait of collective turmoil, peopled by characters who win our sympathy at the same time as they earn our disbelief.” Similar accolades were forthcoming from Billboard, Time Out and Q Magazine ("This is, at least, the best biography of a group ever written"). Unusually, the book has been revised extensively in every decade since its original appearance.

Rogan went on to write more than 20 other books, mainly in the field of music and popular culture. These included epic biographies of Neil Young (Zero To Sixty) and Van Morrison, plus work on John Lennon, The Kinks, Wham!/George Michael (Virgin Yearbook "Book of the Year"), Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and The Smiths. Neil Young is quoted praising Rogan's work on the back of the biography along with a five-star review from Uncut and several other prominent music publications.

The best-selling Morrissey & Marr: The Severed Alliance attracted considerable attention not least from Morrissey who famously said: "Personally I hope Johnny Rogan ends his days very soon in an M3 pile-up." The comment was made prior to the book's publication and Morrissey admitted he had yet to see a copy of any of its contents. Morrissey later mentioned the book on the witness stand in his famous High Court dispute with former Smiths' drummer Mike Joyce and under cross examination testified that comparing some items of witness statements in relation to facts contained in the book that the 'book was correct'. He and Rogan also spoke about matters at the High Court during a recess. The Severed Alliance has remained in print without interruption since first publication in 1992 and frequently appears in listings of all time great music biographies. Rogan continues to write extensively about Morrissey, most recently with 2006's Morrissey: The Albums.

Rogan has written two major biographies of Van Morrison and the acknowledgement page of VM: No Surrender states: "This book has probably had the longest gestation of any I have written." (20 years). However, this is likely to be eclipsed by Rogan's continuing work on the careers of the Byrds and Neil Young. Morrison on his part is quoted as saying: "Rogan's got something to hide. What's he hiding? I'd like to do a book on him." However, this quote emanates from an interview in 1984. No Surrender featured in The Sunday Times Top 10 books of the year and also featured for two consecutive years in hardback and paperback in Mojo's music books of the year. Among the many favourable press notices attached to the paperback edition was an extravagant review concluding: "Van Morrison: No Surrender is the best book about popular culture written about any Irishman living or dead, and it's certainly the best social history of Belfast in the mid-60s ever written."

Rogan has also written lengthy studies of football management and pop management (Starmakers & Svengalis), the latter of which was adapted for a BBC series. He has also contributed to numerous television documentaries, DVDs and anthologies, including Oxford Originals a collection of writings from authors, including Rogan, who studied at Lady Margaret Hall.

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Total Books: 41
Byrds Requiem for the Timeless Volume 2 The Lives of Gene Clark Michael Clarke Kevin Kelley Gram Parsons Clarence White and Skip Battin
Ray Davies A Complicated Life
2016 - Ray Davies a Complicated Life (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780099554080
ISBN-10: 0099554089
Genres: Arts & Photography, Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment

Morrissey  Marr The Severed Alliance Updated  Revised 20th Anniversary Edition
John Lennon The Albums
2008 - John Lennon the Albums (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780952954064
ISBN-10: 0952954060
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment

2007 - Morrissey (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780952954057
ISBN-10: 0952954052
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Van Morrison
2006 - Van Morrison (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780099431831
ISBN-10: 0099431831
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Neil Young
2006 - Neil Young [Complete Guide to the Music of] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781844499724
ISBN-10: 1844499723

Van Morrison No Surrender
2006 - Van Morrison No Surrender (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780436205668
ISBN-10: 0436205661
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Neil Young Zero to Sixty A Critical Biography
2000 - Neil Young Zero to Sixty a Critical Biography (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780952954040
ISBN-10: 0952954044
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

Crosby Stills Nash  Young
1999 - Crosby Stills Nash Young [Complete Guide to the Music Of...] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780711963092
ISBN-10: 0711963096
Genre: Humor & Entertainment

The Kinks
1999 - The Kinks [Complete Guide to the Music Of...] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780711963146
ISBN-10: 0711963142
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

The Complete Guide to the Music of John Lennon
1997 - The Complete Guide to the Music of John Lennon [Complete Guide to the Music Of...] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780711955998
ISBN-10: 0711955999
Genre: Humor & Entertainment

Neil Young Rocking In The Free World
1996 - Neil Young Rocking in the Free World (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783926794253
ISBN-10: 3926794259

The Complete Guide to the Music of Neil Young
1996 - The Complete Guide to the Music of Neil Young [Complete Guide to the Music Of...] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780711953994
ISBN-10: 0711953996
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment

Crosby Stills Nash  Young The Visual Documentary
1996 - Crosby Stills Nash Young the VIsual Documentary (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780711949829
ISBN-10: 0711949824
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment

The Smiths
1995 - The Smiths [Complete Guide to the Music Of...] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780711949003
ISBN-10: 071194900X
Genre: Humor & Entertainment

Morrissey  Marr The Severed Alliance
1993 - Morrissey Marr the Severed Alliance (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780711930001
ISBN-10: 0711930007
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

Timeless Flight Definitive Biography of the  Byrds
1980 - Timeless Flight Definitive Biography of the Byrds (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780905906300
ISBN-10: 0905906306

Kinks The
Kinks The (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780241113080
ISBN-10: 0241113083

Starmakers and Svengalis The History of British Pop Management
Starmakers and Svengalis the History of British Pop Management (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780356151380
ISBN-10: 0356151387

Starmakers and Svengalis
Starmakers and Svengalis (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780708840047
ISBN-10: 0708840043
Genre: Humor & Entertainment