26 Oct Our Top 10 Music Autobiographies!
As I child I loved to read, and not just sheet music! Every Christmas morning there would be a Beano Annual wrapped up under the tree for me! Nowadays sadly no Beano annual however all of us at Sole Agency love to read books and we love music. I read somewhere once that, reading & music are to the mind, what exercise is to the body. Sadly we just don’t have enough time to read or exercise. However I hope you enjoy the list of some of our favourite music autobiographies below;
- Morrissey – For being such a wonderful songwriter this was a slightly rambling and long winded in parts but it is still a really good read. Not one of the all-time bests but well worth giving it a go, even of you are not a Morrissey fan.
- Steven Tyler – Does The Noise In My Head Bother You? – A little bit crazy to read, and feels very much like you are having a conversation with Steven Tyler. A really great read with a really interesting insight. Underneath all the showmanship, Steven Tyler reveals a lot about himself, his demons, mistakes, and his family. I read this on holidays a few years ago in about 2 days, I couldn’t put it down!
- Bob Dylan – Chronicles Volume 1. – Not just an autobiography, it can be poetic in parts and blunt in others. A great musician and great story teller. Our office have mixed feelings about this one.
- Motley Crue – The Dirt – To be perfectly honest, Motley Crue is a bit like Marmite, you either love them or hate them. The Dirt makes you primarily question, how on earth are they still alive? It contains a great mixture of the highs and the lows, a lot of mention of groupies, drug abuse & some incredibly sad parts which make you want to cry & really emphasise for these guys even if you are not a fan.
- Neil Young – Waging Heavy Peace – Fascinating and engaging. It is an easy read that flows well and is really interesting, a real Saturday afternoon read on the sofa.
- Johnny Cash – The Autobiography – A wonderful life story. A heart breaking read about his many battles with drugs and self-destruction, yet told with a sense of humour at times. A true legend. After reading this I had to watch Walk The Line to get more of a Johnny Cash fix.
- Miles Davis – Miles – The Autobiography – Written with the help of Quincy Troupe, this is written in a straightforward way. The racism that Miles endured is heart breaking to read, as is reading about his personal battles with drugs. Although personally it would have been good to read a bit more about his musical life I think it was written in such a way so to pull in a bigger audience and not just jazz aficionados.
- Patti Smith – Just Kids – This book recounts the romance & friendship of Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe. A pretty deep read and really made the image of boho New York come alive.
- Paul McCartney – Many Years from Now – A really interesting read, that helps provide a good insight into who the man really is.
- One Direction – Who We Are – Just kidding, have not actually read this yet. Though the autobiography in 10 years may make a good read.
With over 16,000 autobiographies available in the music section alone on Amazon, looks like there are still many more to be read and enjoyed.
The question is – does music speak louder than words?