Last Exit to Brooklyn (book) - Hubert Selby Jr.
You do get the feeling that Selby has lived in these neighborhoods where your hear and see most everything in the adjoining apartments and you know far more than you care to about neighbor's lives. Unwanted kids, cheating husbands, screaming wives, alcoholics, drug addled men and women, prostitutes, jazz-lovin', hop-head queers and straights all mix in the hood. Few, if any, of the characters are empathetic but the story is told in a compelling and unique way that keeps your interest and always makes you want to find out what happens next - which doesn't always happen.
Selby is new to me, but really dug this one and will certainly be looking for more. While not exactly rock'n'roll, certainly the same kind of soundtrack that you would hear in your head while reading Kerouac, Ginsberg and the rest.