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  posted on 6/2/2012 at 01:51 PM
With all the book talk as of late, as if anyone cares about my little opinion, the absolute cream of the crop of the several dozen serious bio/auto bios I've read. All of these are serious books, much more than tabloid tales of music drinking drugging and screwing:

Peter Guralnick's 2 part Elvis Presley series - as someone who missed the Elvis phenomenon, it is a fascinating read, esp part I.

Moaning at Midnight - the life and times of Howlin Wolf by Segrest & Hoffman - fantastic read. As Howlin Wolf said, of all the musicians who went from Mississippi up North, he was the only one who drove his own car.

Boogie Man - John Lee Hooker by Charles Shaar Murray - another great read

Can't Be Satisfied Life & TImes of Muddy Waters by Robert Gordon - Gordon is one of the original blues music writers, and great book

Ray Charles by Michael Lydon - what a story is the life of Ray Charles

and the best autobiography I've read - Taj Mahal - Autobiography of a bluesman, w Stephen Foehr - a brutally honest reflection on his life and family

I also really, really like Neil Peart's non-fiction stories of his motorcycle riding adventures.

Unfortunately, I've yet to read anything about any of the more modern musicians than is close to as good as any of these - that goes for SRV, Duane, EC, Hendrix, etc.

 
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  posted on 6/2/2012 at 03:01 PM
Good topic! I do love reading about music, though I have read some clunkers.

Clapton's autobio was surprisingly dull to me. It was more of a list of events than any kind of insightful read.

Miles's autobio was very colorful and engaging.

Dave Marsh's "Before I Get Old," about the Who, was good. It went too heavy on the early days for my taste and went light on everything after "Tommy."

Phil Lesh's "Searching for the Sound" is very good. It is insghtful and well-written.

I think my favorite book about music is "Fargo Rock City" by Chuck Klosterman. It is not a bio but a series of mini-essays and observations about music and about being a fan. It is also one of the funniest books I have ever read in my life.

 

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  posted on 6/2/2012 at 03:15 PM
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Good topic! I do love reading about music, though I have read some clunkers.

Clapton's autobio was surprisingly dull to me. It was more of a list of events than any kind of insightful read.

Miles's autobio was very colorful and engaging.

Dave Marsh's "Before I Get Old," about the Who, was good. It went too heavy on the early days for my taste and went light on everything after "Tommy."

Phil Lesh's "Searching for the Sound" is very good. It is insghtful and well-written.

I think my favorite book about music is "Fargo Rock City" by Chuck Klosterman. It is not a bio but a series of mini-essays and observations about music and about being a fan. It is also one of the funniest books I have ever read in my life.


I second Fargo Rock City and would also recommend Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story

I really enjoyed the NIkki Sixx autobiography

 

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  posted on 6/2/2012 at 03:23 PM
Honeyboy Edwards "The World Don't Owe Me Nothin'" is a top 5.

http://www.amazon.com/The-World-Dont-Owe-Nothing/dp/1556522754

 

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  posted on 6/2/2012 at 04:15 PM
I love This Wheels on Fire. autobio. by Levon Helm. Really interesting read from his early beginnings on the chittlin' circuit in the 50's with ronnie hawk and the hawks through Canada and his relationship with members of the Band.

 

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  posted on 6/2/2012 at 05:41 PM
Agree completely about Clapton.

And Klosterman, too. He is the author of perhaps my all time favorite bit of music/critic writing, about Led Zeppelin:

Every straight man born after the year 1958 has at least one transitory period in his life when he believes Led Zeppelin in the only good band that ever existed. And there is no other rock group that generates that experience.

Led Zeppelin sounds like who they are, but they also sound like who they are not. They sound like an English blues band. They sound like a warm-blooded brachiosaur. They sound like Hannibal’s assault across the Alps. They sound sexy and sexist and sexless. They sound dark but stoned; they sound smart but dumb; they seem older than you, but just barely.

Led Zeppelin sounds like the way a cool guy acts. Or – more specifically – Led Zeppelin sounds like a certain kind of cool guy; they sound like the kind of cool guy every man vaguely thinks he has the potential to be, if just a few things about the world were somehow different. And the experience this creates is unique to Led Zeppelin because its manifestations is entirely sonic: There is a point in your life then you hear songs like “The Ocean” and “Out on the Tiles” and “Kashmir” and you suddenly find yourself feeling like these songs are actively making you into the person you want to be. It does not matter if you’ve heard those songs 100 times and felt nothing in the past, and it does not matter if you don’t normally like rock ‘n’ roll and just happened to overhear it in somebody else’s dorm room. We all still meet at the same vortex: For whatever the reason, there is a point in the male maturation process when the music of Led Zeppelin sounds like the perfect actualization of the perfectly cool you………..you simply think, “Wow. I just realized something: This **** is perfect. In fact, this record is vastly superior to all other forms of music on the entire planet, so this is all I will ever listen to, all the time. “


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Clapton's autobio was surprisingly dull to me. It was more of a list of events than any kind of insightful read.

Miles's autobio was very colorful and engaging.

Dave Marsh's "Before I Get Old," about the Who, was good. It went too heavy on the early days for my taste and went light on everything after "Tommy."

Phil Lesh's "Searching for the Sound" is very good. It is insghtful and well-written.

I think my favorite book about music is "Fargo Rock City" by Chuck Klosterman. It is not a bio but a series of mini-essays and observations about music and about being a fan. It is also one of the funniest books I have ever read in my life.

 

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  posted on 6/2/2012 at 06:20 PM
I agree with Jim on:

Miles Davis - "Miles"
Phil Lesh - "Searching... "

Has Louis Armstrong's bio "An Extravagent Life" been mentioned? ... also very good.

thanks for all the tips - something by/about Neil Peart is on the "to read" list.

 

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  posted on 6/2/2012 at 06:32 PM
The Neil Peart books are great, IMHO, but are not necessarily "music" oriented. Of course, being the drummer for a major successful rock band is central to his life and story, but the 3 books of his I've read are all, basically, non-fiction travel logs of his motorcycle trips while on tour with Rush.

I think Peart may, in fact, be "the most interesting man in the world" to borrow from Dos Equis.

And my knowledge and appreciation of Rush is pretty much limited to the 8-10 radio hits they've had.

The three I've read:

Travelling Music
Roadshow
Far & Away


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I agree with Jim on:

Miles Davis - "Miles"
Phil Lesh - "Searching... "

Has Louis Armstrong's bio "An Extravagent Life" been mentioned? ... also very good.

thanks for all the tips - something by/about Neil Peart is on the "to read" list.

 

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  posted on 6/2/2012 at 07:47 PM
I liked Clapton's autobiography myself.

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  posted on 6/2/2012 at 07:48 PM
Here's my two : Twenty Thousand Roads by David N. Meyer (Gram Parsons bio)

Long Strange Trip by Dennis Mcnally ( best Dead bio out there)

 

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  posted on 6/2/2012 at 09:50 PM
I was depressed after reading Gregg's book.
Had a totally opposite reaction to Life by Keith Richards. Started off slow but I found it extremely enjoyable.

 

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  posted on 6/2/2012 at 10:37 PM
Me, The Mob, and The Music: One Helluva Ride w/ Tommy James and The Shondells -Tommy James and Martin Fitzpatrick

I have always been a fan of Tommy James and The Shondells. Sure, it's pop music but very tunefull, well constructed pop music.

And Tommy has one helluva story to tell as he relates how he ended up pretty much against his will on Roulette Records which was owned by the "very connected" Morris Levy. A fascinating read that is sadly too short.

[Edited on 6/3/2012 by les_paul_sunburst]

 

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  posted on 6/2/2012 at 10:40 PM
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I was depressed after reading Gregg's book.
Had a totally opposite reaction to Life by Keith Richards. Started off slow but I found it extremely enjoyable.



I am on the waiting list for Gregg's at the public library (wonder if it will be "auto-graphed")

I agree 100% about Life . A Fascinating read ...loved it !

 

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  posted on 6/2/2012 at 11:13 PM
May I suggest Etta James' Rage to Survive. Talk about honest and very interesting.

 

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  posted on 6/2/2012 at 11:21 PM
Shakey, Neil Young's bio is one of my favorites. The Levon Helm bio This Wheel's on Fire is also excellent, as is the Warren Zevon bio I'll Sleep When I'm Dead written by his ex-Wife.
 

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  posted on 6/3/2012 at 04:39 AM
Willie Nelson and also The Neville Bros. were great books.

 

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  posted on 6/3/2012 at 05:50 AM
Two I've read recently are Twenty Thousand Roads: The Ballad of Gram Parsons and his Cosmic American Music and Willie Nelson: An Epic Life. Both are excellent.
 

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  posted on 6/3/2012 at 06:01 AM
going to agree with
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Phil Lesh - Searching

and will add
John Lennon - the Life
Keith Richards - Life

 

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  posted on 6/3/2012 at 09:00 AM
Also agree on Neil Young- Shakey and especially Warren Zevon's I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

 

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  posted on 6/3/2012 at 09:05 AM
I am currently reading a nice Import only bio on the band Black Sabbath called How Black was Our Sabbath

Written by long time Sabbath roadies David Tangye and Graham Wright, it is so far a very entertaining read that pretty much paints the four members of Sabbath as just four likeable, fun loving blokes from Aston, Birmingham who loved to play the blues real loud and in doing so just happened to create the genre Heavy Metal .

 

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I was depressed after reading Gregg's book.
Had a totally opposite reaction to Life by Keith Richards. Started off slow but I found it extremely enjoyable.



The Keith Richards bio was indeed insightful.

Also one of my favorites was Anthony Kiedis' "Scar Tissue." Amazing that he is still alive and well after all they went through.

 

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I am currently reading a nice Import only bio on the band Black Sabbath called How Black was Our Sabbath

Written by long time Sabbath roadies David Tangye and Graham Wright, it is so far a very entertaining read that pretty much paints the four members of Sabbath as just four likeable, fun loving blokes from Aston, Birmingham who loved to play the blues real loud and in doing so just happened to create the genre Heavy Metal .


Andrew, try "I Am Ozzy". It's one of the best music bio's I've read yet. It's totally in Ozzy's words, brutally honest and downright hilarious stories.

 

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  posted on 6/3/2012 at 10:58 AM
I read Levons book about 15-16 yrs ago ,very good. Louis Armstrong has one out that I read also.

I want to read the Ozzy one, Keith Richards also. I heard David Crosbys was pretty good.

Has anyone read Tony Iommi's?

 

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Has anyone read Tony Iommi's?


I read it a couple months ago.

I'm gonna be biased as I am a longtime Iommi fan but I liked it. One complaint that I did have is that it certainly is not as in depth as Keith's bio or even Ozzy's which is what I was hoping for.

But then, Tony does not have the name recognition that Keith or Ozzy has so maybe that was a factor in the book being fewer pages and more general with fewer details. It is still worth reading IMO.

I'd shoot for a library copy first though. I'm waiting to get one when the price goes down a bit.



[Edited on 6/3/2012 by les_paul_sunburst]

 

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  posted on 6/3/2012 at 11:48 AM
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Has anyone read Tony Iommi's?


I read that one a couple of month's ago as well. I enjoyed it for it's lack of every detail. I don't need to know every detail of their lives. His hit the nice happy median.

 
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