Rock/musician biographies you liked.

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Post by Aussie Mark » 03 Sep 2016, 14:36

Lots of great suggestions so far. One that I'd add is "You Can't Always Get What You Want" by Sam Cutler - he was tour manager for the Stones for a couple of years and then the Grateful Dead. Fantastic and often humourous first hand account of the excesses of rock stars of that era and the wheeling and dealing that went on behind the scenes. You don't need to be a fan of either of those bands to enjoy this book.

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Post by pjm » 03 Sep 2016, 14:49

I'll add Patti Smiths book
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Post by DoctorJohn » 03 Sep 2016, 19:49

Motley Crue's Dirt was great. I also enjoyed Slash's book. On Book Depository getting hold of some of the other ones posted here. Thanks guys :)
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Post by Boopbohead » 03 Sep 2016, 22:47

I too enjoy a nice cuppa tea and a good read to find out a little bit of the magic that made these people rock stars in the first place. Although, I find a lot of rock biographies end up becoming the same old cliches of themselves. I'm thinking of Eric Clapton, Anthony Kedis, Dave Navarro, D.H. Peligro and many others. They have a lot to say about nothing and their continual cycle of drug use and rehab gets boring and repetitious.
Bob Dylan's Chronicles is a good read.
I like Mick Wall's work as well, mainly because he was there and doing it. I'm thinking the books he's done with Metallica, Lou Reed, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath are worth a read too.
I like Ozzy's book too, I laughed out loud many times reading this book.
This is a great idea for a thread, keep the books coming.
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Post by OzzyGreg » 04 Sep 2016, 12:00

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Motley Crue's Dirt was great.
Yeah, that one's reached almost legendary status.
Amazing read!

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Post by OzzyGreg » 04 Sep 2016, 12:02

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Another one of my favourites:

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Post by RedVee » 04 Sep 2016, 20:05

And I got another today (thanks kids!).
The Age of Bowie. Looking forward to it.
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Boopbohead wrote:I... . Although, I find a lot of rock biographies end up becoming the same old cliches of themselves. I'm thinking of Eric Clapton, Anthony Kedis, Dave Navarro, D.H. Peligro and many others. They have a lot to say about nothing and their continual cycle of drug use and rehab gets boring and repetitious.....
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Post by Clusterpod » 05 Sep 2016, 08:57

The Cure - Ten Imaginary Years
Smith and Gallup were so influential, I couldn't put it down
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Post by cleary » 05 Sep 2016, 10:03

Boopbohead wrote:... Although, I find a lot of rock biographies end up becoming the same old cliches of themselves. I'm thinking of Eric Clapton, Anthony Kedis, Dave Navarro, D.H. Peligro and many others. They have a lot to say about nothing and their continual cycle of drug use and rehab gets boring and repetitious.
Bob Dylan's Chronicles is a good read.
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Bad Seed (Nick Cave) was one I really enjoyed due to it documenting this cycle actually being broken, and Nick having to try relearn _everything_ about his art form anew as a sober person. He may be one of the rare cases that actually succeeded in maintaining sobriety AND growing his career.
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Post by OzzyGreg » 06 Sep 2016, 07:45

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Bad Seed (Nick Cave) was one I really enjoyed due to it documenting this cycle actually being broken, and Nick having to try relearn _everything_ about his art form anew as a sober person. He may be one of the rare cases that actually succeeded in maintaining sobriety AND growing his career.
I'm about half way through that one now! It's hard to put down.

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Post by OzzyGreg » 06 Sep 2016, 07:48

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The Cure - Ten Imaginary Years
Smith and Gallup were so influential, I couldn't put it down
Next on my hitlist methinks.
I've been listening to a bit of The Cure again over the past few weeks.

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Post by Clusterpod » 07 Sep 2016, 08:39

Great book. I lined up the albums and had them on during the relevant parts as I was reading. And watched what vid of the concerts I had. Ok ok, so I'm slightly obsessive.

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Post by cleary » 07 Sep 2016, 09:23

I'm adding that Cure book to my pile as well - I recently rediscovered them again after a long hiatus during which I learnt a lot more about "music" in general. It's like listening to them for the first time again... 2 records for the price of 1! :p
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Post by jezzamac » 07 Sep 2016, 10:54

I find the early parts of the books to be interesting - they discuss their hardships and friendships etc. when commencing their careers. The books then tend to get repetitious towards the end (see above). These are the one's I recall recently:
Waging Heavy Peace - Neil Young (apart from the sections promoting his Pono)
13 Ton Theory - Mark Seymour
... and surprisingly Dancing With Myself - Billy Idol (a gift)
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