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Subject: Rock bios
Date Posted: 5/8/2008 2:35 AM ET
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Do you have any favorites you could recommend?

Two I've read and loved are Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis (of the Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Johnny "Rotten" Lydon of The Sex Pistols memoir called Rotten.



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L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 5/8/2008 3:46 AM ET
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Not really rock but Take It Like A Man by Boy George was really good.  It gives great insight into the punk/new wave scene in London in the 70's.

 

Date Posted: 5/8/2008 6:03 PM ET
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I was a teen in the 80's and a Boy George bio sounds like fun! I'll check it out, thanks. :)

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 5/11/2008 4:23 AM ET
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I'm a tad older - High School class of '81.  Madonna by Andrew Morton is pretty good too.

 

Date Posted: 5/13/2008 11:05 PM ET
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Tommy Lee's book was really interesting!
Date Posted: 5/14/2008 11:44 AM ET
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Well the" The Dirt"  is good so is "Tommyland." "Hammer Of The Gods"   I have an extensive collection of rock Bio's but I just moved and most are packed  after I unpack I will list somemore.

Date Posted: 5/14/2008 10:13 PM ET
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Thanks for the additional recs! Keep them coming. :)

Date Posted: 5/19/2008 4:52 PM ET
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Led Zep's "Hammer of the Gods" was great...and the Doors/Morrison bio "No One Gets Out Of Here Alive."

Date Posted: 5/19/2008 8:03 PM ET
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I wish I had skipped Clapton. I've always admired his music, and I couldn't wait to read his autobiography, hoping for something similar to Sting's graceful and fascinating if sadly superficial Broken Music. Oh dear. Yes, I know Clapton is a drug and alcohol addict in recovery, and people with addictions sometimes have an egocentricity that is astonishing, but his abuse of women, his mean-spirited and snide comments about other musicians, and his constant bragging just left me cold.

I should add: Sting's ego probably wouldn't fit in a room, either. But his writing has a skill and a ... lyric... quality, and he knows he's an egomaniac. Clapton doesn't seem to have that little bit of self-knowledge that makes a man so full of himself bearable.

Agree that Hammer of the Gods and No One Gets Out of Here Alive are worth reading.

Date Posted: 5/20/2008 11:47 AM ET
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There is a book called The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx (sp?) out right now.  I haven't read it, I've been on the WL for months.

Subject: Just posted
Date Posted: 6/7/2008 1:10 AM ET
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Stone Alone By Bill Wyman it is a pretty good tell all about The Stones , He has some strong views on the Stones and there rise to Super Stardom. I liked this one alot.I also posted some other rock bio's.



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Date Posted: 6/8/2008 10:42 PM ET
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I read "And I don't want to live this life" by D. Spungen, years ago..it is great.  It is about Sid and Nancy, written by Nancy's mother.

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 11:40 PM ET
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I second the Sid and Nancy book written by Nancy's mother.  Great book.

Date Posted: 6/9/2008 7:39 PM ET
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I  Loved the Sid and Nancy book also,Courtney Love The real story By Poppy Z Brite is awesome Come As You Are The Story of Nirvana By Micheal Azzerad.  also Heavier Than Heaven the Biography of Kurt Cobain By Charles R  Cross. Oh Keith Richards The Biography By Victor Bockris :)

Date Posted: 7/4/2008 3:05 PM ET
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X-Ray, The Unauthorized Autobiography  by Ray Davies (The Kinks) was excellent storytelling weaved around the band and Ray's true history.

PS: Dave Davies book Kink was also a good read with great stories of the Swingin' 60's London music scene.



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Date Posted: 7/29/2008 9:38 PM ET
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Girls Like Us is a great bio of the music industry in the 60s, 70s and 80s-  it's about Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell and Carole King and the many loves of their lives including most of the Eagles, CSNY, James Taylor, Cat Stevens and others.

It's a long read but as a music fan- and a fan of those three ladies, I learned much about the personalities as well as the way the music business worked back then.   You'd be shocked to learn all the songs that Carole King wrote.

Subject: The Doors
Date Posted: 7/30/2008 5:44 PM ET
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I have one somewhere here that I read several years ago written by one of the members of the band "The Doors" and it was very interesting. Did you know that Mr. Mojo Risin'  were the letters of Jim Morrisons name rearranged? The book was very entertaing.

Date Posted: 8/10/2008 5:29 PM ET
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what about Extreme by Sharon Osbourne?