What's Your Top 3?: Musician's biographies/autobiographies

No over-thinking, no spreadsheets, no calculations, just hit me with a top 3 for each topic on instinct alone.

Born To Run - Springsteen
Things The Grandchildren Should Know - Mark Oliver Everett
Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys - Viv Albertine


Richard Hell - I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp
Mark E Smith - Renegade
Patti Smith - Just Kids

Heavier Than Heaven - Charles R. Cross (about Cobain)

no idea if it stands up/peddles conspiracy myths, but I musta read that 10 times in my teen Cobain-freak phase


Good book imo.

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Nina Simone - I Put a Spell on You
J-Zone - Root for the Villain
Jamie Stewart - Anything That Moves

Questlove one is really good too

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Mark Lanegan - Sing Backwards and Weep
Sinead O’Connor - Rememberings
Miki Berenyi - Fingers Crossed

(Have only just read the latter 2 of these, so probably recency bias).

Edit: Updating this because in my desire to follow the rules and not overthink it, I accidentally underthought and forgot my favourite musician/author:

Kristin Hersh - Don’t Suck, Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt
Kristin Hersh - Paradoxical Undressing / Rat Girl
Mark Lanegan - Sing Backwards and Weep

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This is a brilliant book.


oh, duh

Michelle Zauner (Japanese Breakfast) - Crying in H. Mart


Crying in H Mart- Michelle Zauner
My Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl- Carrie Brownstein
Girl in a Band- Kim Gordon


My sister loved Crying in H Mart and she had never listened to Japanese Breakfast before reading it, which I am using as evidence that it is an actually good book and I’m not just biased.

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Julian Cope - Head On/Repossessed

Manic Street Preachers - Everything by Simon Price

Luke Haines - Bad Vibes


Simon Price - Everything: A Book About Manic Street Preachers
Stuart David - In The All Night Cafe: A Memoir Of Belle And Sebastian’s Formative Year
Jarvis Cocker - Good Pop Bad Pop

Massively feel like I’m forgetting something though

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Must have read these in about two days. Never listened to a note of his music but what a fun writer.

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Beastie Boys Book
Kim Gordon – Girl In A Band
David Lee Roth – Crazy From The Heat


Brian Wilson - ‘Wouldn’t it be Nice’
Jeff Tweedy - ‘Let’s Go’
Dean Wareham - ‘Black Postcards’

Honourable mention to Roger Shepherd - ‘In Love with these times: My life with Flying Nun Records’

Just Kids by Patti Smith and Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein are the only two that I’ve read and thought were actually good books, but maybe I’m not reading enough. Could see myself enjoying the Michelle Zauner and Brian Wilson ones.

Added to list of things to read. This thread is going to be bad (good) for that, isn’t it?


MZ is stunning if you like her vibe/reading about tasty food/crying

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Bob Dylan - Chronicles
Patti Smith - Just Kids
Warren Ellis - Nina Simone’s Gum


Plus 1 for Julian Cope - Head on
Donovan - The Hurdy Gurdy Man

& this