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Top 10 Music Autobiographies

on December 16, 2013, 2:52pm
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Do you have time to read? I’d like to think you do. After all, you’re reading this. But, in the off-chance you’re able to skirt away from the digital confines of the Internet, perhaps you like to pick up a book, find a little nook, and escape into a story. (If you can hear the Reading Rainbow theme right now, then I’ve succeeded.) Because you’re a music fan, though, you might want to skip Woolf, Salinger, Kerouac, or Didion and pick up something more in your arena, no pun intended.

The good news is that there are a ton of stories penned by your favorite musicians. In the past year alone, we’ve seen books by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, R. Kelly, and Morrissey, with another entry by Courtney Love on the way. To assist in your visit to your local bookstore and/or library, we grabbed a bookbag and tossed in 10 of our favorite music autobiographies for your tuneful eyes. If these haven’t graced your nightstand, you’re in luck. If they have, please suggest some below.

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August 5, 2014 at 6:19 am

Got to second the Julian Cope books, Head On and Repossessed are very entertaining. Also – The Real Frank Zappa Book.

August 4, 2014 at 11:26 pm

Scar Tissue is number one for me

Jon zellweger
August 4, 2014 at 8:47 am

While it’s noted that these are the stories of the most prominent musicians, I feel that one of the greatest tales told is that of Julian Cope. His double volume Head On/Repossesed is one of the most entertaining and stylistically unique works I’ve come across.

August 4, 2014 at 12:38 am

Why the hell isn’t Kiedis’ Scar Tissue on here??!

August 4, 2014 at 10:23 am

Yeah scar tissue might be the best book of any genre iv ever read

May 1, 2014 at 4:25 am

How can you not have Pete Townshend’s autobiography?????? Which is even better as an audiobook which Pete reads & gives you the impression you are sitting down with him for a few drinks as he tells you his life story. And I’m sorry to say since Neil Young is my Favorite Musician whom I’ve seen 54x, but his book STINKS! The book is bereft of good stories about Springfield, CSNY & Crazy Horse so unless like Duke Ellington you admire him for the stories he doesn’t tell this book is severely lacking. Why in 1 of the chapters you go to a Mall shopping with Neil, talk about filler.

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