Book Review: 5 Music Icons & Their Memoirs
Music and books form two of the essential pillars of life – so when it comes to reading about the lives of our icons, weâre 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 griefâ¦You know those books you just know youâll read, re-read, rediscover and always gravitate back to? Meet Just Kids. Itâs lyrical and poetic. Itâs raw and romantic. Itâs 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.
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 (thereâs 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 youâve always had a soft spot for Bob Dylan.
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.â you know youâre in for a trip. Kedisâ 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.
Rat Girl by Kristin Hersh
Based on her diaries, Throwing Musesâ Kirsin Hersh strikes a strong nostalgic chord in Rat Girl, poetically and painfully painting those mad adolescent years. Youâll see the world through a youth tinted, punk infused lens, as Hersh remembers the first year after Throwing Muses began.
Life, Keith Richards
Rock nâ roll excess at itâs 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: âPeople love that image. They imagined me, they made me â¦ 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 â¦ but, inside them, there’s a raging Keith Richards.” And that is exactly why youâll love this book.
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