Friday, August 17, 2012

The Rock Memoir

Memoir has enjoyed a renaissance of late (well, the last 10 years), and no genre has benefited more than the rock memoir. Seemingly inconsequential figures in music history come out of the woodwork to write about the experience - as if just being a musician entitles you to a better life story than other working people. However, there are some truly great books amid the sludge. Some are great simply because the subjects are true geniuses; some are interesting tell-alls; and some are just truly great life stories, written by people who happen to be musicians. Rob Sheffield at Rolling Stone, a great writer himself, catalogues 25 such books here. Surprisingly, music fan that I am, haven't read any of them, though I do own several. Perhaps one of these titles will be a future book club selection.

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