Recommended musical biographies/autobiographies - any genre?
Anyone care to recommend any books you've read on or by musical artists? My sister recently gave me a copy of "Across the Great Divide: The Band and America" by Barney Hoskyns which I find esp moving given the recent death of Levon. (YA recommended I ask this in the 'Books & Authors' category but I thought I might get better answers from my friends here :) Thanks so much!
- MartinLv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
There are many great bios/autobiographies, and even more horrid ones :)
You mentioned being a huge Dylan fan, so these might particularly interest you-
Backstage Passes: Rock 'n' Roll Life In The Sixties-Al Kooper (auto.)
Chronicles: Volume One-Dylan (auto.)
Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Farina-David Hajdu (bio.)
Death of A Rebel: A Biography of Phil Ochs -Michael Schumacher (bio.)
The Mayor of MacDougal Street-Dave Van Ronk/Elijah Wald (auto/bio)
(completed by Wald after Dave's death)
If you're looking for more, or don't care for these, let me know. I have several hundred music bios in my library, and have read most of them.
- ?Lv 78 years ago
Last few months, read quite a few!
Le Freak - Nile Rodgers. Chic man, great tales, insightful.
Had Me A Real Good Time - Andy Neil. About the Faces, a rip roaring read.
Rock And Roll Autobiography - Bobby Whitlock. Derek & Dominos keyboard player. Heartbreaking story, which turns up trumps in the end.
Soul Picnic - Michele Kort. Beauthiful biog about Laura Nyro!
That's just some of 'em.
Catch me on Myspace for other reviews: Antonio Apostrophe.
Author of Doors book: Danny Sugarman.Source(s): Music lover, good luck!
- Rg4Lv 78 years ago
If you're interested in Levon and The Band, a must read is 'This Wheel's on Fire: Levon Helm and the Story of the Band' by Levon Helm with Stephen Davis (author of 'Hammer of the Gods).
Just click on the book in this link to read a preview..
Right now I'm rereading 'Invisible Republic: Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes' by Greil Marcus. Highly recommended.
- AliceLv 68 years ago
Pamela Des Barres' legendary I'm With The Band. It's the ultimate shameless tell-all book by a teenage groupie who couldn't wait to grow up.
http://www.amazon.com/Im-Band-Confessions-Pamela-B... Her follow-up book "Take Another Little Piece of My Heart: A Groupie Grows Up" reads like a novel and is just as fun aside from the revelations that her only child was emotionally troubled. Pam is an irrepressable less anchored Lorelai Gilmore without a Rory. God love her.
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- Anonymous8 years ago
searching for the sound by phil lesh - this is a great book full of stories about his life with the grateful dead. i liked it because it doesn't read like a book, but is written in a style much the same way if he was in front of you telling the story to you.
captain trips by sandy troy - this is a good biography about jerry garcia, and tells the story how watching his father drown at a young age affected him, as well as losing a finger on his right hand. a good read if you have the interest.
shakey by jimmy mcdonough - a good biography of neil young, not written in a watered down way. it gives the good and bad about the man.
- ~~Birdy~~Lv 78 years ago
No One Here Gets Out Alive
about the Doors
can't remember the author though
- DavidLv 78 years ago
"X-Ray - The Unauthorized Autobiography" by Ray Davies
"No Irish No Blacks No Dogs" by John Lydon (don't let the very tongue-in-cheek title put you off)
"Somebody to Love?: A Rock-and-Roll Memoir " by Grace Slick
- 8 years ago
I Slept With Joey Ramone by Micky Leigh (his brother) This is one my favorite books ever.
- 8 years ago
You could read "i am ozzy" I heard that's pretty goodSource(s): I heard it from a friend who has a horrible gpa. So that could be the only books he's ever read