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Very entertaining and candid, Hunter comes across as very likeable. A real back stage glimpse of a band falling apart at the seams…Fantastic book but out of print and hard to find. Very funny. Says it all really…Liam Gallagher has bought the movie rights. Highly recommended. Read my separate post on this book here. An interesting story and worth a read.

Great book. Well written and a fascinating subject. Full of hilarious stories and a very good read.

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Fortunately pre-dates his McDonalds and Cheese exploits. Hi, love the blog and this a great book list.


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Like Like. The Alice book is excellent but tricky to find so good hunting….

Ian Hunter is Rock n Roll! I would go much higher than that.

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Great list! Blues by Ed Watts , a murder mystery set in the Grateful Dead parking lot scene…. Thanks for the kind words and the recommendations. Much appreciated. This is a great list.

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A weighty tome and all the better for it. Thank you — not read that one and I enjoyed the Creation Records documentary on BBC4 not so long ago — another one to put onto the wish list! Great blog. I notice Greil Marcus in the pile of books but not in the list. In their different ways both writers describe how I hear music.

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Having said that I will be looking for the Alice book. Partly because I think his early career is so underrated, whereas the overrated and average Doors get reams written about them. Thanks — yes, nothing against Greil Marcus, but I enjoyed other books more. He makes plenty of other similar lists I think.


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Will have to check out Rip It Up — thanks for the suggestion. Hi — thanks for these. Thanks — I have a signed copy I have yet to read. I am a starting musician and I would like to read some inspiring autobiographies, mainly in dealing with difficulties and winning the obstacles which come along the music career. Some of this memoir involves talk of romantic liaisons in the heady days of London's late-Seventies punk scene, but there's also a harrowing account of her struggle with cancer and grapplings with suburban isolation decades later.

A fully realized portrait of its author. By Tobias Carroll. It's funny at times, always brutally honest; a half-healed bruise, tender and multi-colored. Few books convey the fever-pitch intensity of youth with such vividness and so little glamorization, or as deeply explore the heartbreaking complexity of family — both those we're born into and the ones we choose.


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By Brandon Geist. The singer is refreshingly candid about his heavy heroin addiction in the Eighties, a regrettable Rolling Stone cover story interview when he got too drunk and yelled at the writer, an unrequited threesome that landed him in court on sexual deviancy charges and the harrowing motorcycle accident that stymied his acting career he says he'd tried out for the T in Terminator 2 but lost the role due to a limp.

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He also recounts some of the weird stories behind some of his greatest hits — "Dancing With Myself" was inspired by a Tokyo disco where people stared at themselves in mirrors and "Rebel Yell" was named after a whiskey he drank once with the Rolling Stones. By Kory Grow. In Glow , Rick James' posthumously published autobiography with author David Ritz, the funk pioneer surprisingly eschews repetitive freaky tales for a deeper look at an insane life.

Sure, there are unflinching looks at the singer's crack binges and violent behavior — an already unbridled id made worse by the death of James' mother — but it's the lesser-known adventures that make this essential reading for those only familiar with James' dark side. A mob-connected dancer mom who smuggled James into the club as a child to see Miles Davis; a chance encounter with future members of the Band, who saved a teenage James from getting his ass kicked; a headache that prevented the musician from hanging out with people who would be murdered by the Manson Family that night.

Any hack can make a lost weekend enthralling, James and Ritz can make the history of "Super Freak"'s four-note descending bass line as intriguing as a pipe-filled motel-room breakdown. By Jason Newman. Back in , David Ritz helped Aretha Franklin write her memoirs, sanitized enough to be allowed into an operating room. This year, he issued Respect , his uncensored page biography of the Queen of Soul, and it's clearly the book he's been preparing to write his whole life.

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It's stuffed full with revealing interviews from Franklin's family, her musical collaborators and subjects of Ritz's other books, from Smokey Robinson to B. MVP interview: the saucy Etta James. By Gavin Edwards. Jerry Lee Lewis had always been inappropriate, and being a little bit famous did not change it; you can paint a barn white a thousand times, but that won't make it a house.

Bragg grounds his story in the texture and tradition of the South, but when he tells the epic tale of the creation of "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," he captures Lewis's divine madness. Reading the saga of rock's piano pioneer, you will likely agree: "It was like any life, really, but with the dull parts taken out. And so he kicks off this ferociously cerebral and warmly empathetic super-listicle with a monster sentence that reels off lots of critically acclaimed musicians — it takes, like, five pages — and by the time you've gotten from the beginning Chuck Berry to the end Jay Z , his intent is clear: Forget all of this.

Whether he's talking Buddy Holly or Cyndi Lauper, Robert Johnson or the Flamin' Groovies, Marcus writes with a philosopher's zeal and a superfan's joy, drawing connections between artists and eras and solar systems you'd never even imagined.