The publisher HarperCollins recently announced that it had snapped up the rights to the memoirs of The Who guitarist Pete Townshend. Here are five other musical memoir-writers:
The Rolling Stone’s 2010 Life has enough tales to keep fans happy while non-rock types will appreciate Richards’s warm take on what it is to be one of rock’s biggest icons.
The Autobiography (2008) traces the bluesman’s career from the Yardbirds and Cream to his success as a solo artist. Clapton also waxes lyrical on hunting and fishing and the quiet country life.
In 2005’s Chronicles: Volume One, the folk hero who made his name confounding expectations springs one of his biggest surprises. While Dylan spends more time tracing his personal development rather than his music, it is done with such literary style that you can’t help but tag along.
As well as discussing the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ rise to fame, in Scar Tissue (2004) Kiedis lets us in on curiosities such as how he narrowly escaped being named Clark Gable Kiedis.
The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band (2001) revels too much in the group’s excesses, but there are moments of unexpected pathos, such as the lead guitarist Mick Mars discussing his chronic arthritis.
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