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Steven Van Zandt and Dave Grohl attend The 2012 MusiCares Person Of The Year Gala Honoring Paul McCartney at Los Angeles Convention Center on February 10, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Steven Van Zandt and Dave Grohl attend The 2012 MusiCares Person Of The Year Gala Honoring Paul McCartney at Los Angeles Convention Center on February 10, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music by Dave Grohl (Simon & Schuster) 

Unrequited Infatuations by Stevie Van Zandt (White Rabbit) 

I'm of the view that some pop-rock musicians, especially stars or those bordering stardom, are the modern world's proper poets. Their words are often prophetic and profound – Bob Dylan received the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature – and they are influential because they reach the masses. That the rhymes happen to be wrapped in tunes is a bonus. 

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