Top 10 Books Written by Notable Musicians


5. Horses Neck – Pete Townsend

As The Who’s guitarist and principle songwriter, you’d hardly expect that Pete Townsend has somewhat of a soft spot when it comes to putting pen to paper. Even more unexpected is the fact that he’s been at it the whole time, from his days as an equipment wrecking wild man in the 1960’s and 70’s right through until now. This particular work was published in 1984, maybe just as he was starting to calm down a little, and comprises of a series of short stories created by the legendary guitarist between1979 and 1984. Thought to be semi-autobiographical, if you’re a fan you’ve no reason not to read it.

 

4. Scar Tissue – Anthony Kiedis

Less a memoir, more a ‘this is what I’ve got up to, so far’ Scar Tissue is a truly incredible read. At times outright hilarious and others bleak beyond words, the dude really has had some life. From his early days as a child citizen of Hollywood catching frequent glimpses into the raunchiness of it all right through to his current apex at the forefront of Red Hot Chili Peppers, all is covered in this brutally honest and well documented tale of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll.

 

3. I, Me, Mine – George Harrison

Perhaps the least outwardly expressive and openly confident of The Beatles, George Harrison is nonetheless an idol to millions. Harrison’s half memoir/picture + lyric book is entitled ‘I, Me, Mine’- after the song of the same name he penned as part of The Beatles final LP ‘Let It Be’. Though far from an un-interesting read, anyone looking to gain some insight or dirt on the biggest band of the 21st century would be advised to look elsewhere. This is one for those of us who regard Harrison as a personal favorite.

 

2. Just Kids – Patti Smith

An unmistakably iconic figure in modern music and indeed some sects of literature, you may be shocked to know times haven’t always been so kind to Patti Smith. Documenting the several transitions in her life taken to arrive where she is today, this musical memoir is as great as you’d expect from any artist who is critically acclaimed in both music and literature. From humble beginnings born to a poor New Jersey family to the makings of her success in the 60’s NYC and of course her move from poetry to song writing- it’s all here.

 

1. Chronicles: Volume One – Bob Dylan

As the first part of Bob Dylan’s three part memoir, Chronicles: Volume One covers the singers arrival in New York City and the process taken leading up to the release of his debut album. Though ignoring a fair chunk in relation to his mid-1960’s heyday, Chronicles is nonetheless a gratifying read and shares a satisfactory amount of insight into the makings of one of the most prominent and recognisable musicians ever. Dylan’s stream-of-consciousness technique at points throughout the book only adds to the delicious sixties feel his style possesses, not to mention doing a lot for the ease of reading.

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