Biography & Autobiography - Composers & Musicians - Rock

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Just Kids

Patti Smith

Smith's evocative, honest, and moving coming-of-age story reveals her extraordinary relationship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe. Part romance, part elegy, 'Just Kids' is about friendship in the truest sense, and the artist's calling.

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Published: Nov 2010

The True Adventures of the Rolling St...

Stanley Booth

Stanley Booth, a member of the Rolling Stones' inner circle, met the band just a few months before Brian Jones drowned in a swimming pool in 1968. He lived with them throughout their 1969 American tour, staying up all night together l...

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Published: May 2000

Searching for the Sound: My Life with...

Phil Lesh

In this ruthlessly honest, illuminating bestseller, the bass player for the greatest improvisational band in American history tells the full, true story of his life, Jerry Garcia, and the Grateful Dead.

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Published: Apr 2006

Stairway to Heaven: Led Zeppelin Unce...

Richard Cole

No one knew Led Zeppelin like Richard Cole. The band's tour manager for more than a decade, Cole was there when they burst onto the music scene, achieved cult status, cut platinum records, and transformed popular music. Second only to...

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Published: Jan 2002

The Long Hard Road Out of Hell

Marilyn Manson

The best–selling autobiography of America's most controversial celebrity icon, Marilyn Manson (with a bonus chapter not in the hardcover). In his twenty–nine years, rock idol Manson has experienced more than most people have (or w...

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Published: Apr 1999

Magical Mystery Tours: My Life with t...

Tony Bramwell

A Top Ten Music Book Bestseller in The Independent (UK)"Brings the era to vivid life. The mythic moments are all here. Magical Mystery Tours is a tour de force." ---Entertainment WeeklyGrowing up in a postwar Liverpool subur...

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Published: Apr 2006

Shout!: The Beatles in Their Generati...

Philip Norman

UPDATED TO INCLUDE PAUL McCARTNEY'S KNIGHTING AND THE DEATHS OF JOHN LENNON AND GEORGE HARRISONPhilip Norman's biography of the Beatles is the definitive work on the world's most influential band -- a beautifully written account of th...

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Published: Feb 2005

Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of...

David Browne

When Jeff Buckley drowned at the age of thirty in 1997, he not only left behind a legacy of brilliant music -- he brought back haunting memories of his father, '60s troubadour Tim Buckley, a gifted musician who barely knew his son and...

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Published: Jan 2002

Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of K...

Charles R. Cross

This is the first in-depth biography of the troubled genius Kurt Cobain. Based on Cobain's unpublished diaries, 400 interviews, years of research, and a wealth of documentation, 'Heavier Than Heaven' traces Cobain's life from his earl...

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Published: Aug 2002

Conversations With Tom Petty

Tom Petty

OFFICIAL AND AUTHORIZED-NOW IN PAPERBACK! Tom Petty has long been seen as one of the great songwriters of American rock 'n' roll, as well as one of the key standard bearers of integrity in the music business. Conversations With Tom Pe...

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Published: Sep 2006

The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story ...

Alanna Nash

A meticulously researched biography, this story profiles 'The Colonel' Tom Parker, the man behind Elvis Presley, in a compelling new light. Filled with startling material found in never-before-seen documents, including Parker's army r...

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Published: Sep 2004

Syd Barrett: Crazy Diamond: The Dawn ...

Mike Watkinson

A Revised and Expanded Edition of the original version updated after his death. Learn all about Barrett s short-lived career as lead member of the original Pink Floyd, his subsequent release from the group and solo career. A revealing...

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Published: May 2007

Monkeemania: The Story of the Monkees...

Glenn A. Baker

Glenn Baker traces the Monkees' meteoric rise to fame, the adulation and hostility they faced at the top of pop's ladder, and their sudden decline. Illustrated with over 200 photographs, including Monkees ephemera and film stills, thi...

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Published: Jan 2000

Bad Moon Rising: The Unauthorized His...

Hank Bordowitz

Rightly called the saddest story in rock 'n' roll history, this Creedence biography—newly updated with stories from band members, producers, business associates, close friends, and families—recounts the tragic and triumphant tale...

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Published: Jul 2007

Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Red...

Peter James Carlin

Brian Wilson was the visionary behind America's most successful and influential rock band.  And as the leader of the Beach Boys, he sold 100 million records, produced Pet Sounds, and built a catalog of songs that continues to define ...

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Published: Jun 2007

Van Morrison : Inarticulate Speech of...

John Collins

n an age when image and self-promotion increasingly dominate the rock industry, Van Morrison remains a proud, belligerent outsider. An intensely private man and a revelatory performer, he has communicated more deeply within the limits...

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Published: Aug 1997

X-Ray: The Unauthorized Autobiography...

Ray Davies

This subversively brilliant rock memoir, ingeniously styled as a biography, is the work of a nameless, faceless writer hired by an Orwellian entity called 'the Corporation' to capture the essence of Ray Davies, lead singer and song...

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Published: Oct 2007

Scars of Sweet Paradise: The Life and...

Alice Echols

Janis Joplin was the skyrocket chick of the sixties, the woman who broke into the boys' club of rock and out of the stifling good-girl femininity of postwar America. With her incredible wall-of-sound vocals, Joplin was the voice of a ...

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Published: Feb 2000

AC/DC: Maximum Rock & Roll: The Ultim...

Murray Engleheart

After more than three decades and 150 million albums, AC/DC has established itself as much more than just a great rock band. For millions of fans spanning several generations across the world, they are an ear-bleedingly loud, sweat-s...

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Published: Feb 2008

Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagle...

Don Felder

The Eagles are the bestselling, and arguably the tightest-lipped, American group ever. Now band member and guitarist Don Felder finally breaks the Eagles' years of public silence to take fans behind the scenes. He shares every part of...

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Published: Apr 2009

Garcia: A Signpost To New Space

Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia (1942-1995) is an American icon. The guitarist and de facto leader of the Grateful Dead was a gregarious talker, keenly engaged with the new world exploding around him. In 1972, Garcia was visited by Charles Reich, a Yale...

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Published: Aug 2003

Here Comes the Sun: The Spiritual and...

Joshua M. Greene

'Many well-known artists have touched people's hearts with their music, but few have ever succeeded in touching people's souls. That was George's gift, and his story is described here with affection and taste. A wonderful book.' ...

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Published: Jul 2007

Dark Star: An Oral Biography of Jerry...

Robert Greenfield

or more than thirty years, Jerry Garcia was the musical and spiritual center of the Grateful Dead, one of the most popular rock bands of all time. In Dark Star, the first biography of Garcia published after his death, Garcia is remem...

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Published: Feb 2009

Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock

Sammy Hagar

Sammy Hagar—legendary lead singer of Van Halen, founder of the Cabo Wabo Tequila brand, and one of rock music's most notoriously successful performers—tells his unforgettable story in this one-of-a-kind autobiography of a life at ...

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Published: Mar 2012

All Yesterdays' Parties: The Velvet U...

Clinton Heylin

The Velvet Underground, among the most influential bands of all time, are credited with creating a streetwise, pre-punk sensibility that has become inseparable from the popular image of downtown New York. 'Discovered' by Andy Warhol i...

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Published: Jan 2005

Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bot...

Joey Kramer

"I'd played my drums in front of eighty thousand screaming fans and passed out in my own puke. I'd toured in private jets, rode in limos, and had just about any girl, at any time, for any thing. I also lived in rat-infested, shi...

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Published: Jul 2010

Punk Rock Dad: No Rules, Just Real Li...

Jim Lindberg

Jim Lindberg is a Punk Rock Dad. When he drives his kids to school in the morning, they listen to the Ramones, the Clash, or the Descendents and that's it. He goes to all the soccer games, dance rehearsals, and piano recitals, but wh...

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Published: Mar 2008

Baby, Let's Play House: Elvis Presley...

Alanna Nash

Nearly thirty-three years after his death, Elvis Presley's extraordinary physical appeal, timeless music, and sexual charisma continue to captivate, titillate, and excite. Though hundreds of books have been written about the King, no...

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Published: Nov 2010

Stevie Ray Vaughan : Caught in the Cr...

Joe Nick Patoski

Now available in paperback, here is the bestselling biography of America's last guitar legend, Texas firebrand Stevie Ray Vaughan. Hailed the greatest guitarist since Hendrix, Vaughan emerged from the hotbed of Texas blues to develop ...

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Published: Jun 1994

Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John L...

Robert Rosen

Shortly after John Lennon's murder in 1980, Robert Rosen was given access to Lennon's personal journals chronicling the reclusive last five years of his life. Haunted by the journals, Rosen interviewed key figures from Lennon's final ...

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Published: Aug 2002
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