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Book Review: 5 Music Icons & Their Memoirs

POSTED BY KENDAL ZOGHBY

Music and books form two of the essential pillars of life – so when it comes to reading about the lives of our icons, we’re all in. We review the 5 best musicians memoirs.

Just Kids, Patti Smith
An intimate insight into the artists journey, which is eternally directed and continually moulded by our relationships, time and grief…You know those books you just know you’ll read, re-read, rediscover and always gravitate back to? Meet Just Kids. It’s lyrical and poetic. It’s raw and romantic. It’s a soft whisper straight to your heart. Chronicling her relationship and friendship with iconic artist Robert Mapplethorpe, Just Kids reminds us of the beauty of a journey, and will be one of the best books you read this year.

5 MUSIC ICONS & THEIR MEMOIRS - Just Kids / Patti Smith

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Chronicles, Bob Dylan
Just like your love-hate relationship with Dylan, Chronicles will leave you in awe, infuriated, annoyed, and inspired. In this first volume (there’s no release date on a second volume yet) Dylan focuses on his time working the Greenwich Village scene. Expect fragmented stories and anecdotes, which will remind you why you’ve always had a soft spot for Bob Dylan.

5 MUSIC ICONS & THEIR MEMOIRS - Bob Dylan

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ScarTissue, Anthony Kedis
With a final line like: “And when I do think, ‘Man, a fucking motel room with a couple of thousand dollars’ worth of narcotics would do me right,’ I just look over at my dog and remember that Buster’s never seen me high.” you know you’re in for a trip. Kedis’ memoir is filled with childhood stories, bursting at the spine with coming of age LA-like decadence, lots (and we mean lots) of narcotics, sex-capades, and a rocky rise to rock-stardom.

5 MUSIC ICONS & THEIR MEMOIRS - Anthony Kiedis

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Rat Girl by Kristin Hersh
Based on her diaries, Throwing Muses’ Kirsin Hersh strikes a strong nostalgic chord in Rat Girl, poetically and painfully painting those mad adolescent years. You’ll see the world through a youth tinted, punk infused lens, as Hersh remembers the first year after Throwing Muses began.

5 MUSIC ICONS & THEIR MEMOIRS - Kristin Hersh / Rat Girl

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Life, Keith Richards
Rock n’ roll excess at it’s extreme, with casual nonchalance and swagger, Life reads like a trip into a another time and place. Richards, a surprisingly tender, often witty, and downright cool icon knows how his imaged is etched into our collective and formative image of the rock and roll gods: “People love that image. They imagined me, they made me … Bless their hearts. And I’ll do the best I can to fulfil their needs. They’re wishing me to do things that they can’t. They’ve got to do this job, they’ve got this life, they’re an insurance salesman … but, inside them, there’s a raging Keith Richards.” And that is exactly why you’ll love this book.

5 MUSIC ICONS & THEIR MEMOIRS - Keith Richards

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