Your favorite music books/bios?

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  • LoujoeLoujoe Posts: 7,739

  • LoujoeLoujoe Posts: 7,739

  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain. Posts: 40,661
    Loujoe said:

     Wow, nice! 
    I have an even 10 Ramones books and read and love them all.  Time to make it 11! 
    And how cool that you have a singed copy! 
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  • soph189soph189 Posts: 44

    Enjoyed this one and recommend the audiobook. Mark is the narrator and his raspy voice brings the raw and brutally honest stories alive. 
  • WobbieWobbie Posts: 29,445
    a few I can remember. I’m on the library (yes, the library) wait list for the geddy lee book.


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  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain. Posts: 40,661
    Wobbie said:
    a few I can remember. I’m on the library (yes, the library) wait list for the geddy lee book.



    Some great titles there (and a few to put on my reading list!) 
    Azerrad's Our Band Could Be Your Life is way up on my list of favorite music books.  SO darned good!

    I really liked Mould's See a Little Light despite squirming a bit in the parts where he went into some detail about his sexual exploits.  One thing for sure, it's an honest book.

    And Hooray for the library! 
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  • WobbieWobbie Posts: 29,445
    Thought the exact same about the Mould book…I told a gay buddy it was a bit “graphic”…he said “men are pigs, right?”…I said “yeah”…he said “imagine putting two of them together .” 

    these have been on my ipad FOREVER. the buddy who sent them says The Dirt is great….I’m not a huge fan of either the Crue or Aerosmith…I was reading another Zevon book (from the library!) but I had to quit it….it was so damn depressing! RIP Warren.


    If I had known then what I know now...

    Vegas 93, Vegas 98, Vegas 00 (10 year show), Vegas 03, Vegas 06
    VIC 07
    EV LA1 08
    Seattle1 09, Seattle2 09, Salt Lake 09, LA4 09
    Columbus 10
    EV LA 11
    Vancouver 11
    Missoula 12
    Portland 13, Spokane 13
    St. Paul 14, Denver 14
    Philly I & II, 16
    Denver 22
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain. Posts: 40,661
    Wobbie said:
    Thought the exact same about the Mould book…I told a gay buddy it was a bit “graphic”…he said “men are pigs, right?”…I said “yeah”…he said “imagine putting two of them together .” 

    these have been on my ipad FOREVER. the buddy who sent them says The Dirt is great….I’m not a huge fan of either the Crue or Aerosmith…I was reading another Zevon book (from the library!) but I had to quit it….it was so damn depressing! RIP Warren.



    Oh man yes, we lost Warren way too soon.
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    Variously credited to Mark Twain or Edward Abbey.













  • xavier mcdanielxavier mcdaniel Somewhere in NYC Posts: 9,064
    I haven't read a lot of bios in this genre but I just finished Dave Grohl's book and enjoyed it a lot.
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  • LoujoeLoujoe Posts: 7,739

  • GB281198GB281198 Virginia Posts: 401
    Finished reading Wayne Kramer's book The Hard Stuff. I wouldn't say it was one of my favorites but it was definitely interesting. It's more about his criminal activity and incarceration and struggles with substance abuse than music. Now reading one by Merle Haggard another guy who had a little trouble with the law. 
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain. Posts: 40,661
    GB281198 said:
    Finished reading Wayne Kramer's book The Hard Stuff. I wouldn't say it was one of my favorites but it was definitely interesting. It's more about his criminal activity and incarceration and struggles with substance abuse than music. Now reading one by Merle Haggard another guy who had a little trouble with the law. 

    I like both of Merle's books but especially the first one, Sing Me Back Home. That dude was something else!  Amazing that he... well, no spoilers!  It's really good!
    “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man [or woman] who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
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  • GB281198GB281198 Virginia Posts: 401
    brianlux said:
    GB281198 said:
    Finished reading Wayne Kramer's book The Hard Stuff. I wouldn't say it was one of my favorites but it was definitely interesting. It's more about his criminal activity and incarceration and struggles with substance abuse than music. Now reading one by Merle Haggard another guy who had a little trouble with the law. 

    I like both of Merle's books but especially the first one, Sing Me Back Home. That dude was something else!  Amazing that he... well, no spoilers!  It's really good!
    I'm reading My House of Memories but might have to pick that one up. He lived quite the life with the train hopping and jail escapes before his music career took off.
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain. Posts: 40,661
    GB281198 said:
    brianlux said:
    GB281198 said:
    Finished reading Wayne Kramer's book The Hard Stuff. I wouldn't say it was one of my favorites but it was definitely interesting. It's more about his criminal activity and incarceration and struggles with substance abuse than music. Now reading one by Merle Haggard another guy who had a little trouble with the law. 

    I like both of Merle's books but especially the first one, Sing Me Back Home. That dude was something else!  Amazing that he... well, no spoilers!  It's really good!
    I'm reading My House of Memories but might have to pick that one up. He lived quite the life with the train hopping and jail escapes before his music career took off.

    Yes, fascinating to read about Merle's life. 
    It's been some time since I read Sing Me Back Home so I checked my card file to see what I liked about it.  I said "I like the stories he tells about an interesting and tough life" and referred to it as "an honest memoir".  Any book I refer to as "honest" means I have a lot of respect for it.  I hope you find a copy and enjoy it!
    “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man [or woman] who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
    Variously credited to Mark Twain or Edward Abbey.













  • LoujoeLoujoe Posts: 7,739
    so far so good. Easy read while spinning some of his records.  Says how he writes lyrics first then music follows. Really cool.
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain. Posts: 40,661
    Loujoe said:
    so far so good. Easy read while spinning some of his records.  Says how he writes lyrics first then music follows. Really cool.

    Ooooh!  That looks interesting!  I have a bunch of Willie Nelson book but have not seen that one.  Cool!
    Here's on that is coming out in August that I am SUPER excited about.  I remember 3 or 4 years ago Steve Wynn talking about possible doing a memoir.  So excited!
    May be a graphic of 1 person and text

    “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man [or woman] who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
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  • LoujoeLoujoe Posts: 7,739
    WN book is new 11/2023
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain. Posts: 40,661
    Loujoe said:
    WN book is new 11/2023

    Will have to check it out, thanks, Lou!
    “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man [or woman] who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
    Variously credited to Mark Twain or Edward Abbey.













  • JOEJOEJOEJOEJOEJOE Posts: 10,418
    Not sure if this counts as a music bio, but, "The Basketball Diaries" by Jim Carroll is one of my all-time favorites....it chronicles his life before he started making music.
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain. Posts: 40,661
    JOEJOEJOE said:
    Not sure if this counts as a music bio, but, "The Basketball Diaries" by Jim Carroll is one of my all-time favorites....it chronicles his life before he started making music.
    Yeah, I think it counts!  Great book!  I keep my copy with music memoirs and music related books.


    “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man [or woman] who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
    Variously credited to Mark Twain or Edward Abbey.













  • JOEJOEJOEJOEJOEJOE Posts: 10,418
    brianlux said:
    JOEJOEJOE said:
    Not sure if this counts as a music bio, but, "The Basketball Diaries" by Jim Carroll is one of my all-time favorites....it chronicles his life before he started making music.
    Yeah, I think it counts!  Great book!  I keep my copy with music memoirs and music related books.


    The biblio-authority has spoken!
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain. Posts: 40,661
    JOEJOEJOE said:
    brianlux said:
    JOEJOEJOE said:
    Not sure if this counts as a music bio, but, "The Basketball Diaries" by Jim Carroll is one of my all-time favorites....it chronicles his life before he started making music.
    Yeah, I think it counts!  Great book!  I keep my copy with music memoirs and music related books.


    The biblio-authority has spoken!

    LOL, thanks, Joe, I'm honored.  Of course, I have to say, I sometimes think I've gotten good at this book business thing until I go to a book fair and run into guys like Ken Sanders or Bill Ewald... holy moly! 
    “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man [or woman] who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
    Variously credited to Mark Twain or Edward Abbey.













  • Guy DudebroGuy Dudebro Posts: 1,344
    These are two of my favorites




    I just got Glen Matlock’s new book the other day but it’s going to be awhile before I can read it. I just need Paul Cook to write a book now.


  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain. Posts: 40,661
    These are two of my favorites




    I just got Glen Matlock’s new book the other day but it’s going to be awhile before I can read it. I just need Paul Cook to write a book now.



    I haven't read Steve or Glen's book but might just have to do that!  Both of John Lydon's books- Rotten and Anger is an Energy- are two of my favorite music related books!  And how cool that you have a signed copy of his first book-- nice!
    “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man [or woman] who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
    Variously credited to Mark Twain or Edward Abbey.













  • WobbieWobbie Posts: 29,445
    I’m about halfway through this. It’s a good read and interesting to hear who they used to open for….some pretty shitty bands, IMO.

    Geddy doesn’t badmouth too many people but he has a deep contempt for Bill Graham and isn’t much of a fan of Aerosmith. Funny, in his Black Crowes memoir, Steve Gorman said Joe Perry was about the biggest prick he’d ever met.


    If I had known then what I know now...

    Vegas 93, Vegas 98, Vegas 00 (10 year show), Vegas 03, Vegas 06
    VIC 07
    EV LA1 08
    Seattle1 09, Seattle2 09, Salt Lake 09, LA4 09
    Columbus 10
    EV LA 11
    Vancouver 11
    Missoula 12
    Portland 13, Spokane 13
    St. Paul 14, Denver 14
    Philly I & II, 16
    Denver 22
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain. Posts: 40,661
    Wobbie said:
    I’m about halfway through this. It’s a good read and interesting to hear who they used to open for….some pretty shitty bands, IMO.

    Geddy doesn’t badmouth too many people but he has a deep contempt for Bill Graham and isn’t much of a fan of Aerosmith. Funny, in his Black Crowes memoir, Steve Gorman said Joe Perry was about the biggest prick he’d ever met.



    Sounds interesting. 
    "So many books, so little time".  :lol:
    “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man [or woman] who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
    Variously credited to Mark Twain or Edward Abbey.













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