David Dalton (writer)

David Dalton is an American author and a founding editor of Rolling Stone magazine.[1] He has written several books, including the cult classic James Dean, the Mutant King, as well as co-writing Paul Anka's autobiography My Way. He is the first cousin of actress Joanna Pettet.

Awards and honors

Dalton, along with David Felton, won the Columbia School of Journalism Award for their interview with Charles Manson. He also won the Ralph J. Gleason Best Rock Book of the Year award for his book Faithfull.[2]


Dalton has written twenty-four books and a number of biographies on people such as James Dean, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Sid Vicious, the Rolling Stones, and Andy Warhol. He is the co-author (with Jonathan Cott) of Get Back (Apple Books, 1969), a collection of conversation transcripts (with photos by Ethan Russell) documenting the making of the album Let It Be.[3] He is also the co-author of the autobiography of Steven Tyler, Does The Noise In My Head Bother You? (HarperCollins, 2011).[4]

Dalton's latest project has been managing the Australian band The Beef Wagooos in 2019. He is also a regular contributor to Portland radio station KBOO.


  1. "David Dalton". Huffington Post. Retrieved 16 June 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. Ward, Steven. "David Dalton Shoots His Mouth Off". Rock Critics. Archived from the original on 3 June 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. Google Books, Publication particulars of Get Back. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  4. Rob Sheffield, Steven Tyler's Warp Speed Memoir. The New York Times, June 24, 2011. Retrieved 2016-10-01.