Digging Dirt: Rock Memoirs

rock memoir

Read a memoir from a  musician or band of the 70’s, 80’s, or 90’s and then join us at MPL on June 27th for a discussion. We may just turn it up to 11. 

u2Pearl Jam twenty

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Published to commemorate the influential band’s twentieth anniversary, an illustrated portrait covers their achievements while sharing reproductions of rare archival memorabilia, personal photos, and tour notes.

heroin diariesThe Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star by Nikki Sixx

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The co-founder of the rock band Motley Crue presents a candid account of his own descent into the hell of drug addiction, describing the impact of heroin on his life and the band.

duranIn the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death and Duran, Duran by John Taylor

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A personal account by the co-founder of Duran Duran traces their meteoric rise in the 1980s while evaluating the impact of fame on the author’s life, his struggles with addiction and depression, and his subsequent journey toward peace.

levonThis Wheel’s On Fire: Levon Helm and Story of the Band by Levon Helm

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Biography of the pioneer rock drummer and the band who helped shape the course of rock and roll from the 1950s to the 1970s.

heartKicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll by Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson and Charles R. Cross

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Heart, fronted by Ann and Nancy Wilson, has given fans classic, raw and pure badass rock and roll for more than three decades. As the only sisters in rock who write their own music and play their own instruments, Ann and Nancy have always stood apart.

By refusing to let themselves and their music be defined by their gender, and by never allowing their sexuality to overshadow their talent, the Wilson sisters have made their mark, and in the process paved the way for many of today’s female artists.

whoWho I Am: A Memoir by Pete Townsend

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The legendary lead guitarist and principal songwriter for the Who, one of the most influential rock and roll bands of all time, pens his story.

lateLate, Late At Night: A Memoir by Rick Springfield

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In a searingly candid memoir, Grammy-Award winning pop icon Springfield pulls back the curtain on his image as a bright, shiny, happy performer to share the startling story of his rise and fall and rise again in music, film, and television and his lifelong battle with depression.

crossMy Cross to Bear by Gregg Allman

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For the first time, the author, a rock music icon, and one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band, tells the full story of his life and career. No subject is taboo, as one of the true giants of rock and roll opens up about his Georgia youth, his long struggle with substance abuse, his string of bad marriages (including his brief union with superstar Cher), the tragic death of brother Duane, and life on the road in one of rock’s most legendary bands.

u2U2 by U2

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In 1975, four teenagers from Mount Temple School in Dublin gathered in a crowded kitchen to discuss forming a band. The drum kit just about fit into the room, the lead guitarist was playing a homemade guitar, the bassist could barely play at all and nobody wanted to sing. Over thirty years later, Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr are still together, bound by intense loyalty, passionate idealism and a relentless belief in the power of rock and roll to change the world.

From the anarchic days of their Seventies punk origins through their Eighties ascent to superstardom with the epic rock of ‘The Joshua Tree’, the dark post-modern ironies of ‘Achtung Baby’ in the Nineties and their 21st-Century resurgence as rock’s biggest and boldest band, this is a tale of faith, love, drama, family, birth, death, survival, conflict, crises, creativity . . . and a lot of laughter.

just kidsJust Kids: From Brooklyn to the Chelsea Hotel: A Life of Art and Friendship  by Patti Smith

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In Just Kids, Patti Smith’s first book of prose, the legendary American artist offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the ChelseaHotel in the late sixties and seventies. An honest and moving story of youth and friendship, Smith brings the same unique, lyrical quality to Just Kids as she has to the rest of her formidable body of work–from her influential 1975 album Horses to her visual art and poetry.

cyndiCyndi Lauper: A Memoir

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Legendary and iconic singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper offers a poignant account of the journey that led her to become an international superstar – from her years growing up in Queens, to the making of enduring hits, to becoming an actress, a mother, an outspoken activist, and maintaining a music career that has lasted more than thirty years.

walk this wayWalk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith

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From the band that lived by the motto “Anything worth doing was worth overdoing” — Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, Brad Whitford, and Joey Kramer — comes a quarter century of rock godhood: the life, the music, the truth, the hell, the lost years, and the raunchy, unsafe sex.

And, of course, the drugs.

But after crashing in a suffocating cloud of cocaine, crystal meth, and heroin, Aerosmith rose up from the ashes to become clean and sober — and reclaim their rightful title as World Champion Rockers. Learn how they did it in a book that is pure Aerosmith unbound: where they came from, what they are now, and what they will always be — a great American band.

lifeLife by Keith Richards

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A true and towering original, he has always walked his own path, spoken his own mind, and done his own thing.

Reluctant outlaw, rock ‘n’ roll’s unparalleled hellraiser, and one of the greatest guitar gods of all time, Keith Richards has forged a life that most of us can only imagine–and often envy. And amazingly he’s lived to tell about it. Now, at last, in his own words, the ultimate rock Icon gives us the definitive rock autobiography.

xrayX-Ray: The Unauthorized Autobiography by Ray Davies

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This subversively brilliant, one-of-a-kind rock autobiography ingeniously styled as a biography, is written to capture the essence of Ray Davies, lead singer and songwriter of the Kinks and one of the greatest rock and rollers of all time. Part autobiography, part social history, part psychological thriller, this elusive and daring book exposes rock stardom as the heaven, hell and purgatory it is.

youngWaging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream by Neil Young

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An iconic figure in the history of rock and pop culture (inducted not once but twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Neil Young has written his eagerly awaited memoir.

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