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

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

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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

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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.

3. Cash by Johnny Cash

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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

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

5. Life by Keith Richards

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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

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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

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

8. Slash by Slash

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

9. The Dirt by Motley Crue

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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

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The thing I loved about this book is how it details the crazy ways Dylan found inspiration.

11. Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis

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Honest and harrowing, this book is equal parts music memoir and addiction tale.

12. Anger is an Energy by John Lydon

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Sort of the prequel to Rotten, the book and the man.

13. Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon

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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

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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

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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

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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

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An amazing read, even if you aren't a music fan in any genre at all.

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