I'll admit it I enjoy reading a good book. However more often than not, I just end up reading a kids book at night with my girls. But I'm trying to change that by reading books again for me.

stack of books on the shelf

So in my search for a new book to read I came across 5 books either about our fair city or written by someone who's from Rockford. While the amount of books from or about Rockford are more than you might think, I found these topics to be the most interesting for me. Here's what I found:

  • Murder and Mayhem in Rockford, IL - This book is written by local historian Kathi Kresol and features crime stories about Rockford when it was still named Midway during Prohibition. Along with a factory explosion and a train collision.
  • Out of the Basement: From Cheap Trick to DIY Punk in Rockford, IL 1973-2005 -  Written by David A. Ensminger and a quick read at only 95 pages, this book highlights the underground music scene of Rockford  with a candid outlook.
  • Haunted Rockford Illinois - Another book written by Kathi Kresol, this one has me intrigued by the description I found online. "Just beneath the glossy surface of Rockford's rich heritage lies a dark history of tragedy. The city's troubled and turbulent past left scars that still resonate today." Oooo creepy, I love it!
  • All of My Friends are Rock Stars: The Music Scenes of Rockford, IL, Madison and Milwaukee WI - Theron Moore highlights the local scene of these cities through the 80's and 90's with the help of some of his famous friends like Bun E Carlos from Cheap Trick and David Ensminger from this list.
  • Inside the Fire: My Strange Time with The Doors - I know  this one isn't necessarily about Rockford, the author B. Douglas Cameron is from here. This book chronicles his time after graduating from West HS and the 17 days he spent working for The Doors as a roadie. And we all know how much I love The Doors!!

Cabin fever can be a real pain, so I'm hoping these books might help.

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