Holly George-Warren is a two-time Grammy nominee and the award-winning author of sixteen books, including Janis: Her Life and Music (Simon and Schuster, 2019), named best nonfiction book of 2019 by the Texas Institute of Letters.
She is also the author of A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, From Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man (Viking, 2014), Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry (Oxford University Press, 2007), The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: The First 25 Years (HarperCollins, 2009), Bonnaroo: What, Which, This, That, the Other (Abrams Image, 2012), Punk 365 (Abrams, 2007), Grateful Dead 365 (Abrams, 2008), Cowboy! How Hollywood Invented the Wild West (Readers Digest Books, 2002); and the children's books Honky-Tonk Heroes and Hillbilly Angels: The Pioneers of Country & Western Music (Houghton Mifflin, 2006), Shake, Rattle & Roll: The Founders of Rock & Roll (Houghton Mifflin, 2001), and The Cowgirl Way (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010). She has cowritten several books including John Varvatos: Rock In Fashion (with John Varvatos, September 2013), the New York Times bestseller The Road to Woodstock (with Michael Lang, Viking, 2014) How the West Was Worn (Abrams, 2001), The Working Woman's Guide to Managing Stress (Prentice-Hall, 1994), and Musicians in Tune: 75 Contemporary Musicians Discuss the Creative Process (with Jenny Boyd, Fireside, 1992), revised and published as It's Not Only Rock 'n' Roll: Iconic Musicians Reveal the Source of Their Creativity in 2013 (John Blake UK). She received her second GRAMMY nomination in 2013 for penning the liner notes to Janis Joplin's The Pearl Sessions.
Her writing appears in the books Play It Loud: The Instruments of Rock (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019), Women Who Rock (Black Dog & Leventhal, 2018), Kerouac on Record: A Literary Soundtrack (Bloomsbury, 2018) and Women Walk the Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives, 2017), as well as such titles as Will the Circle Be Unbroken; Classic Country; The Show I'll Never Forget; Dylan Disc by Disc; Groupies & Other Electric Ladies; The Rolling Stone Book of Women in Rock; Rock, She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Pop, Rap, and Jazz; The Encyclopedia of Country Music; The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll; and The Rolling Stone Jazz and Blues Album Guide. She also has written for Rolling Stone, the New York Times, The Times Literary Supplement, Air Mail, The Bitter Southerner, Garden & Gun, Texas Monthly, the Village Voice, Entertainment Weekly, MOJO, the Journal of Country Music, the Oxford American, Paper, Time Out, Paste, Relix, No Depression, AARP, Cowboys & Indians, Texas Music, Men's Journal, Country Music, Redbook, More and American Cowboy. She has contributed liner notes to numerous anthologies and box sets, issued by Rhino, Warner Bros., Sony/Legacy, Capitol, Universal, and BMG, among many others. Her essay for the Gram Parsons anthology Sacred Hearts and Fallen Angels (Rhino) won the 2002 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for excellence in liner notes.
She has served as editor and/or packager of numerous books. She is the editor of The Rolling Stone Book of the Beats (Hyperion, 1999), Farm Aid: A Song For America (Rodale, 2005); and Stairway to Heaven: The Final Resting Places of Rock Legends (Wenner Books/Hyperion, 2005). In addition to this, she is the coeditor of The Appalachians: America's First and Last Frontier (Villard, 2004); Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey (HarperCollins 2003); American Roots Music (Abrams, 2001); The Rolling Stone Album Guide (Random House); The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll (Random House), Rolling Stone: The Seventies (Little Brown), and two editions of The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll (Simon & Schuster), for which she won a 1996 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. As Editor of Rolling Stone Press from 1993-2001, she created more than forty books, including the New York Times bestseller, Garcia (Little Brown), and the ASCAP-Deems Taylor award winner Images of Rock & Roll (Little Brown). In 2003, she served as music editor to the first-ever Zagat's survey of the top 1000 albums of all time. She has edited and packaged the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame annual induction book every year since 1995.
George-Warren received her first Grammy nomination (for Best Historical Recording) in 2001 for coproducing Rhino's five-CD box set, R-E-S-P-E-C-T: A Century of Women in Music. She also coproduced the three-CD set The Rolling Stone Women in Rock Collection (Razor & Tie), a series of CDs with the Lifetime network, and a Wanda Jackson tribute album, Hard Headed Woman, for Bloodshot Records. In addition, she has served as an archivist/curator for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation and The GRAMMY Museum. She served as director of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Oral History Program for several years and is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominating committee.
She has served as a consultant, writer, and/or lecturer on popular music and Western wear at several museums and institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the GRAMMY Museum, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, the Autry Museum of the American West, the National Cowboy Museum and Hall of Fame, the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum, the Southern Folklife Center, and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. She teaches at the State University of New York in New Paltz, has lectured at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University, and has guest lectured at Cornell, Penn, FIT, Ohio State, MTSU, and CUNY, among other universities.
George-Warren has appeared on numerous television programs to discuss music, pop culture, and Western Americana including CBS Sunday Morning, MTV, VH1, CMT, PBS, and NBC, and at such book festivals as the Savannah Book Festival, the Southern Festival of Books, the Texas Book Festival, and the Northwest Festival of Books, and such conferences as SXSW, the Americana Music Festival & Conference, the International Country Music Conference, the Ponderosa Stomp, and the MoPop Popcon. She has also served as a producer or consulting producer to several documentary films, including the Emmy-nominated Woodstock: Now & Then and Welcome to the Club: The Women of Rockabilly, Hitmakers, Nashville 2.0, and the Sundance entry Muscle Shoals. She is currently collaborating with Petrine Day Mitchum on the documentary Rhinestone Cowboy.