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

By Jennifer

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! 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.

1 Rat Girl by Kristin Hersh

Rat Girl by Kristin HershPrice: $11.99 at
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 SmithPrice: $10.99 at
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.


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3 Cash by Johnny Cash

Cash by Johnny CashPrice: $9.99 at
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 LynnPrice: $11.99 at
Whether you're a fan of her music or not, this is a must-read.

5 Life by Keith Richards

Life by Keith RichardsPrice: $9.99 at
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 GuthriePrice: $12.99 at
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 GuyPrice: $9.99 at
A must-read for any fan, or anyone who just loves blues music.

8 Slash by Slash

Slash by SlashPrice: $8.99 at
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 CruePrice: $13.99 at
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.

10 Chronicles by Bob Dylan

Chronicles by Bob DylanPrice: $11.99 at
The thing I loved about this book is how it details the crazy ways Dylan found inspiration.

11 Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis

Scar Tissue by Anthony KiedisPrice: $9.99 at
Honest and harrowing, this book is equal parts music memoir and addiction tale.

12 Anger is an Energy by John Lydon

Anger is an Energy by John LydonPrice: $9.99 at
Sort of the prequel to Rotten, the book and the man.

13 Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon

Girl in a Band by Kim GordonPrice: $12.99 at
The short story: she never wanted to be in a band. The long story is much more interesting. Read this book, now!

14 M Train by Patti Smith

M Train by Patti SmithPrice: $12.99 at
I know, I know: another Smith memoir? This one's different though, and contains stuff that happened as well as stuff Smith wishes and dreams happened. Fascinating!

15 Miles by Miles Davis

Miles by Miles DavisPrice: $13.59 at
This is a good read, though it's disheartening to learn what should have been obvious: that racism was real, even for Davis, as famous as he was.

16 Never Broken by Jewel

Never Broken by JewelPrice: $12.99 at
You've probably heard brief sketches of Jewel's story, but her memoir goes into greater detail, making you adore her even more.

17 Words without Music by Philip Glass

Words without Music by Philip GlassPrice: $14.49 at
An amazing read, even if you aren't a music fan in any genre at all.

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