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Re: Rock/musician biographies you liked.

Post by OzzyGreg » 08 Sep 2016, 05:45

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... and surprisingly Dancing With Myself - Billy Idol (a gift)
That was actually the last bio I read.
A great read!

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Post by balzac » 08 Sep 2016, 10:42

Tom Waits' Innocent When You Dream is highly entertaining - a collection of interviews rather than a true biography, but

The Real Frank Zappa Book is worth a go too.

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Post by Petebass » 08 Sep 2016, 12:31

Anyone see the Sunrise TV show this morning? Mike Love from the Beach Boys was on spruiking his new book. I'm tempted to buy it just to find out more on the links between the band members and Charles Manson.
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Post by OzzyGreg » 21 Sep 2016, 06:08

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This is another brilliant read.
(Ok, maybe I'm biased, being a JD fan!)

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Post by OzzyGreg » 23 Sep 2016, 05:56

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One of my long time favourites.
I must have read this 4 -5 times in the 90s.

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Post by JMAN » 09 Oct 2016, 20:26

Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx. I found it gloomy and dark. Lots of drugs as you'd expect.

Slash. GnR. VERY good read.

The Man from Little River by George McCardle. I would have liked to read more about his playing than his spiritual conversion.

Jaco. Disappointed with it. Too much about his manic depression.

Scar Tissue. Anthony Kiedis. Chilli Peppers. Great read. Not much about Flea in it though.

Phil Collins. Boring. He lived not too far from Eric Clapton...

Mick Fleetwood. Good insight into the formation of the various lineups.

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Post by Boopbohead » 09 Oct 2016, 21:41

Just finished 'Willie's Bar and Grill' by Rob Hirst. Talks about a 2 month Oils tour of North America just after the September 11 attacks in NYC. He writes like a good conversation and paints a broad palette of life on the road in the USA.
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Post by PilbaraBass » 10 Oct 2016, 16:53

I heard the Anthony Kiedis biography "Scar Tissue" is pretty good...
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Post by RedVee » 11 Oct 2016, 08:10

Wife picked up a signed Jimmy Barnes 'Working Class Boy' for me. Could be a wild ride.

Will start on it as soon as I finish the novel I'm currently on.
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Post by BazzBass » 12 Oct 2016, 16:26

RedVee wrote:Wife picked up a signed Jimmy Barnes 'Working Class Boy' for me. Could be a wild ride.

Will start on it as soon as I finish the novel I'm currently on.
I've just started it. Unfortunately his NEXT book will cover the band years , D"OH !

it's still interesting, mums in Glasgow sending their 6 year olds to school with six fags and a box of matches :shrug:

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Post by RedVee » 24 Jan 2017, 10:43

I did enjoy the Jimmy book.

Just picked up the Molly Meldrum book "the never, um, ever ending story" for something to read on the plane home.

Light and fun, i'm ripping through it.
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Post by BazzBass » 24 Jan 2017, 11:46

I really enjoyed it. Especially the bit about how Holmes a Court sold the Beatles rights to Jacko,except one song :)
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Post by Paisley » 28 Jan 2017, 23:40

Love reading Bios; have read heaps of them, & there's a few mentioned in this thread that I've put on the to do list. I'm halfway through Peter Garretts "Big Blue Sky" at the moment; a very interesting read, even his slant on the internals of his political sojourn are proving to be entertaining! ("Willies Bar & Grill" & "Beds are Burning" are also must-reads for any Oils fan).

I recently finished "Snakes: Guillotines: Electric Chairs!" by Dennis Dunaway; original Bassist for Alice Cooper. That one really held some ground for me; I played in a Cooper tribute band years ago & loved it, so it was interesting to read how some of that great music (& killer Bass lines) came from such humble beginnings. Another good Bass read is Mark Evans' "Dirty Deeds"; very insightful.

Really enjoyed "Here comes Everybody"; James Fearnley's account of his time with the Pouges. Also on the production/engineering front, "Sound Man" by Glyn Johns & "Sophisto Punk" by Mark Opitz are well worth a read. One book I'm hanging out to get is "Inside Out" by Nick Mason, although it's proving a bit tricky to get a hold of.

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This is another brilliant read.
(Ok, maybe I'm biased, being a JD fan!)

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Great book; he's apparently working on one covering the New Order years. That's a must have for me!
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Same with Chrissie Hynde.
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Post by RedVee » 30 Jan 2017, 19:02

BazzBass wrote:I really enjoyed it. Especially the bit about how Holmes a Court sold the Beatles rights to Jacko,except one song :)
Yeah that was good, kept one for his daughter.

How about Mollys White Album? Autographed by John & Yoko, and by Paul & Linda, and by Julian, and by Sean.

That'd have to be one of a kind.
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Re: Rock/musician biographies you liked.

Post by hamo » 30 Jan 2017, 23:08

+1 to Barnsey not a bad read.

So these next two aren't rock but it's all i got!

Stevie Ray Vaughn Biography was enlightening - crazy boys...i especially liked how he started and what he had to do just to get to play when he was a kid. It was also a bit sad to be honest.

Got Renee Geyer on the shelf that i haven't started.....anyone?
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