Read any good Rock Musician Biography's?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Aussie Player, Dec 3, 2022.

  1. Aussie Player

    Aussie Player

    Apr 20, 2011
    Someone on here recently recommended Bill Wyman's biography called "Stone Alone".
    Another reader responded that he'd read that and Keith Richards bio and though it better.
    I bought both for about $12 total and found both a great and interesting read though for me, Keith's was less focused on the bands beginning and heavily into the recording aspects of where and when, where Bill's was extremely articulate and detailed on every aspect of the bands evolution including the details on when and where they played and for what amount paid, playing conditions etc.

    As for personalities, they differ immensely where Keith only even mentions Bill a couple of times in the book at barely a sentence a piece and seldom praised Brian at all, whereas Bill makes deliberate and detailed mentions of Brian especially and his contribution to the Stones as well as the importance of all the other members to the makeup of the Stones.

    Because these are cheap books these days, I recommend both but what else is out there that is being enjoyed?
  2. E2942


    Jan 25, 2022
    Biography is alright, but I prefer autobiographies.
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  3. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    If your a Stones fan the Bobby Keys and Chuck Level books are good, also, both cats played with everybody. What bands/musicians do you dig?
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  4. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    The word is ‘biographies’, and yes, I recommend the one on Jack Bruce, “Composing Himself”, as well as autobiographies from Ian McLagen(Small Faces/Faces/Rolling Stones), Fito de la Parra, drummer for Canned Heat, and “Lonely Boy”, by Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols. Then there are ones on entire bands, The Yardbirds, The Creation, The Velvet Underground(anything written by Richie Unterberger is recommended).
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  5. jchrisk1


    Nov 15, 2009
    Northern MI
    Not exactly, but Queen Unseen by Peter Hince (Freddie and John's tech/roadie) is pretty good.
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  6. Jaco: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius
  7. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX

    But Our Band Could Be Your Life is a good bio read.
  8. 2112

    2112 Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2005
    Both the Chicago stories that came out in 2016 were reasonably solid:
    • Now More Than Ever
    • The Terry Kath Experience

    The Rush stories that have come out over the past several year have been decent too:
    • Beyond the Lighted Stage (2010)
    • Time Stand Still (2016)

    EDIT: Whoops... just noticed this said "read". Oh well... they're good stories anyhow. Lol.
  9. I took Patti Smith's book Just Kids out of the library this morning. I've heard good things.....
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  10. stingray78

    stingray78 Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2012
    I really enjoyed “The gospel according to Luke” by Steve Lukather and “My bass and other animals” by Guy Pratt.
  11. kevmac


    Mar 17, 2019
    Rhode Island
    I quite enjoyed "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" which I believe is an authorized bio on Warren Zevon, Crystal his former wife is listed as the author. Either way it was filled with stories about this wild and crazy guy that happened to be one of the best songwriters of his generation.
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  12. Jeff Hughes

    Jeff Hughes

    May 3, 2020
    Lou Reed: A Life (focuses on his life and career album by album)
    Jack Bruce: Composing Himself
    Who I am: A Memoir (Pete Townshend)
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  13. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    You're a bass player, go read Guy Pratt's My Bass and Other Animals. He's a great bass player, fun guy, and tells a good story.
  14. Rocket Queen

    Rocket Queen Supporting Member

    Jul 21, 2019
    Paradise City
    Phil Lesh, Searching for the Sound
    Duff McKagan, It's So Easy: and Other Lies
    Jacob Slichter, So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star: How I Machine-Gunned a Roomful Of Record Executives and Other True Tales from a Drummer's Life
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  15. I like Lemmy’s autobiography a lot.
  16. pbassjbass


    Jun 21, 2013
  17. Danny O Danny

    Danny O Danny Supporting Member

    Nov 6, 2015
    Georgetown, TX
    I enjoy reading autobiographies by musicians (biographies, not so much). Here are some that I've particularly enjoyed (in no particular order):

    Life - Keith Richards
    It's a Long Story: My Life - Willie Nelson
    My Life and Adventures in Fleetwood Mac - Mick Fleetwood
    Kicking and Dreaming - Ann Wilson (Heart)
    Remain in Love - Chris Frantz (Talking Heads)
    Let's Go (So We Can Get Back) - Jeff Tweedy
    Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
    My Life in Dire Straits - John Illsley
    Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink - Elvis Costello
    Chronicles: Volume One - Bob Dylan
    Broken Music - Sting
    Conversations with Tom Petty - Paul Zollo
    Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir - Linda Ronstadt
    The Storyteller - Dave Grohl
    Fortunate Son - John Fogerty
    Rainbow in the Dark - Ronnie James Dio
    This Wheel's on Fire - Levon Helm (The Band)
    Confess - Rob Halford (Judas Priest)
    The Speed of Sound - Thomas Dolby
    Broken Horses - Brandi Carlile
    See a Little Light - Bob Mould (Husker Du)
    Acid for the Children - Flea
    Waging Heavy Peace - Neil Young
    In the Pleasure Groove - John Taylor (Duran Duran)
    Blues All Around Me - B.B. King
    Beeswing - Richard Thompson
    All I Ever Wanted - Kathy Valentine (Go-Go's)
    A Memoir - Peter Frampton
    Hard to Handle: The Life and Death of the Black Crowes - Steve Gorman
    A Cure for Gravity - Joe Jackson
    Heaven and Hell - Don Felder
    Tom Waits on Tom Waits: Interviews and Encounters
    Face the Music: A Life Exposed - Paul Stanley
    Searching for the Sound: My Life with the Grateful Dead - Phil Lesh
    I'll Sleep When I'm Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon - Crystal Zevon (not an autobiography but an account by those closest to Zevon)
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  18. I forget the title, but I enjoyed Eric Clapton's autobiography.
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  19. Dincrest


    Sep 27, 2004
    New Jersey
    Motley Crue's The Dirt is an incredible roller-coaster of a read.
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  20. Rick_Bass

    Rick_Bass Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2020
    'SCUSE ME WHILE I KISS THE SKY Life of Jimi Hendrix
    I read it 20 or so years ago. It is a very good biography. Actually I think I'm going to pick up an old copy and read it again. It has some "Crazy" stories in there.
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