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Biographies: Musicians

So after the Neil Young epic, I read a few lighter things (Bill Bryson, Stephen Fry) and this weekend finished off They Made a Monkee Out of Me, the Davy Jones biography from circa 1987. Apparently he's updated it since then, but I am not sure I care to read it because honestly, he's kind of an ass.

But anyways, what music bios would you recommend? And feel free to mention them (cough, Jen, cough) here even though you might have mentioned them to be in conversation. :) Maybe someone else would like to hear about them!



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Feb. 13th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
\m/ motley crue \m/
Feb. 13th, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
Hee! It's been so long since I read that book (I read it shortly after it came out, did I give you my copy? It was signed. Unless I gave it to you I have no idea where it went to) so I don't remember how much of an ass he was. But I certainly believe it!
I recently read the Lords of Chaos about the black metal scene in Norway and all the church burnings and murders that accompanied it. That was pretty interesting. I enjoyed reading the Ian Curtis (Joy Division) biography but boy how depressing. Both those boooks are not light reading at all. I would love to borrow the Stephen Fry book sometime.
Feb. 16th, 2006 02:17 am (UTC)
I think I have your copy!! Thanks for giving it to me.

I would love to read both those books you mentioned and of course you can borrow the Stephen Fry!
Feb. 13th, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC)
I liked Rotten.
Feb. 13th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
LOVE that book! :)
Feb. 16th, 2006 02:19 am (UTC)
Feb. 13th, 2006 08:10 pm (UTC)
Ones I have read lately (or am reading currently) that I really loved were Cash: The Autobiography (it is like Johnny Cash is telling you a story!) and Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley. Hard to put down!
Feb. 13th, 2006 08:43 pm (UTC)
I dug Morrissey and Marr: the Severed Alliance although I am not a huge Smiths fan.

I'd be happy to lend you Bat Chain Puller, which isn't really a bio but still good writing.
Feb. 16th, 2006 02:21 am (UTC)
ooooh i have to try the morrissey and marr book!!!
Feb. 13th, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC)
Janis Joplin. Not a great one, but the best one I've read. Piece of My Heart: A Portrait of Janis Joplin

Led Zepplin in all their glory Hammer of the Gods

Not really a bio, but the best book on Delta blues I've ever read. Read it and then watch I Walk the Line and marvel at the parallel in the piety/party dichotomy that both blues singers and early rock and rollers suffered from.
Deep Blues: A Musical and Cultural History of the Mississippi Delta

Feb. 13th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
They are coming out with a Neil Young documentary. Apparently, it's already out. I need to see where it's playing.
Feb. 16th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
Whaa!! I must find out about this!! Please tell me more if you find out.
Feb. 16th, 2006 04:02 am (UTC)
It's called Neil Young: Heart Of Gold. Currently showing in exactly two theatres, one in NYC and one in LA. Sigh.
Feb. 14th, 2006 01:41 am (UTC)
Best music bio(s) ever:

Head-On/Repossessed, two autobiographical books by Julian Cope available in one volume.  Interesting, briskly paced, heartfelt, and very often laugh-out-loud funny.  For real, yo.

Oh, and if you're curious who the hell Julian Cope is, I compiled a sort of mp3 "best of" of his stuff for castironskillet a while back.  It's still locatable right here, just don't pass the url around plz.  Its content is biased by what I owned at the time, what I like best, and what I particularly wanted Andrew to hear, but I still think you might find it interesting.
Feb. 14th, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)
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Of note: it would not be wildly inaccurate to label Julian Cope as a postpunk-pagan-prog-feminist-madman-treehug rocker.
Feb. 16th, 2006 02:25 am (UTC)
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sounds like someone i could really enjoy listening to. :D
Feb. 16th, 2006 02:24 am (UTC)
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I loved the song East Easy Rider when I was in jr high. I put it on tons of mixes and had that album. I will definitely look into getting this one. Thank you!!!
Feb. 16th, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC)
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Right on.  More often than not, when I bring Julian Cope up, nobody's heard of him.
Feb. 14th, 2006 04:10 am (UTC)

Charles Mingus's autobiography "Beneath the Underdog" is very good. Also "Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung" by Lester Bangs and "The Dark Stuff" by Nick Kent are two I recommend from rock journalists writing about music in general.
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