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Old 11-10-2010, 06:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Recommend some good music biographies? Any genre is fine.
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Old 11-10-2010, 07:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Come As You Are by Michael Azzerad

Rivers Edge: The Weezer Story by John D. Luerssen
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Old 11-10-2010, 05:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Here's a quick list right off of the top of my head...

Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed - Paul Trynka

Moon - Tony Fletcher (Possibly the best book about Keith Moon. Also there was a book I think called Full Moon, but I forgot on how that one was)

John Lennon - Ray Coleman

Forever Changes: Arthur Lee and the Book of Love - John Einarson (Also the author of a fine book on John Kay and Steppenwolf)

Hey Ho Let's Go: The Story of The Ramones - Everette True

Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector - Mick Brown
(Also, He's a Rebel is a good Spector book Pre-Lana)

Eye Mind: The Saga of Roky Erickson and The 13'th Floor Elevators - Paul Drummond

Blur: 3862 Days - Stuart Maconie

Suede: Love and Passion - David Barnett

Stripped: Depeche Mode - Johnathan Miller (A bit long, but still damn good)

Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd - Mark Blake



Also the following Day to Day books are highly recommended:

The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn

So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star: The Byrds Day-by-Day 1965-1973 - Christopher Hjort (although, of course, it goes deep into their pre-'65 history as well)

White Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground Day-by-Day - Richie Unterberger


That should get you started.
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Old 11-10-2010, 06:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My favorite, so far:

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Hank Williams: The Biography by Colin Escott is a book I'd recommend to anyone interested in musicians and their lives. Hank lived a short one, but interesting one.

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Hank Williams: The Biography by Colin Escott is a book I'd recommend to anyone interested in musicians and their lives. Hank lived a short one, but interesting one.

I have no doubt that's gotta' be an interesting read. I'll be on the lookout for it.
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Old 11-10-2010, 07:56 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Also I'm planning on buying Townes Van Zandts biography and Woody Guthrie's autobiography. Both seemed to be fairly interesting men and would like to know as much as I can about the both of them. I've heard good things about both, but I've never read them so I can't suggest them to you.
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Pretty good book. Gutsy (that he has lead such a lifestyle) and straightforward. Love the stories he presents on drugs and motorhead - just downright hilarious.
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Cool thanks everyone.
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Old 11-12-2010, 02:54 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Recommend some good music biographies?
My always vote to micheal Jecson music biography.
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