17 Music Memoirs to Put on Your Reading List ...

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If you've ever wondered what it's really like to be a rock star, now's your chance: there are so many memoirs out there!2

From the godmother of punk, Patti Smith, to the husband of Beyonce (and a musician in his own right) Jay-Z, every musician with his or her salt is telling all.

Here are some excellent music memoirs to add to your must-read list.2

1. Rat Girl by Kristin Hersh

Rat Girl by Kristin Hersh

Price: $11.99 at amazon.com

Covering much more of her life than just her time in Throwing Muses, this book is really, really good.

2. Just Kids by Patti Smith

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Price: $10.99 at amazon.com

This is hands-down one of the best music memoirs I've ever read - she's obviously as talented a writer as she is a musician.2

3. Cash by Johnny Cash

Cash by Johnny Cash

Price: $9.99 at amazon.com

The take-away from this moving memoir?

Cash was a great man, sure, but he never saw himself that way.

4. Coal Miner’s Daughter by Loretta Lynn

Coal Miner’s Daughter by Loretta Lynn

Price: $11.99 at amazon.com

Whether you're a fan of her music or not, this is a must-read.

5. Life by Keith Richards

Life by Keith Richards

Price: $9.99 at amazon.com

Yes, his life is as crazy as you'd imagine, and yes, he talks about most of it in this book.

6. Bound for Glory by Woody Guthrie

Bound for Glory by Woody Guthrie

Price: $12.99 at amazon.com

Because I'm a fan, I'm biased, but this book is so unique, like the writer himself.

7. When I Left Home by Buddy Guy

When I Left Home by Buddy Guy

Price: $9.99 at amazon.com

A must-read for any fan, or anyone who just loves blues music.

8. Slash by Slash

Slash by Slash

Price: $8.99 at amazon.com

I'm not even a Guns N Roses fan, but I liked this book anyway.

9. The Dirt by Motley Crue

The Dirt by Motley Crue

Price: $13.99 at amazon.com

I'm DEFINITELY not a Crue fan, but this book is stellar for its depiction of the easy excesses Los Angeles in a particular era.

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