Rock Memoirs - Spilling It All

My Cross to BearRecently, the New York Times had a great article called Warts and All in New Pop Memoirs, which investigated the deluge of rock and pop memoirs and autobiographies flooding the market (and libraries!) these days.  According to the article:

"At a time when record sales are plummeting, the reasons for the memoir surge seem to be personal and artistic as well as commercial.  For many of the pop stars of the 1960s and '70s, now in the 60s or older and with an audience to match, writing a memoir is a way to round out their musical career, albeit in a new genre."

Some of the newer titles coming out include the very warty My Cross to Bear by Gregg Allman including the "good, the bad, and the ugly" about his years with the Allman Brothers Band.  About her memoir A Natural Woman, Carole King said "I felt like I really wanted to look back and say, 'What does this all mean?'"  And who wasn't waiting for a memoir from the former lead singer of Twister Sister, Dee Snider's Shut Up and Give Me the Mic: A Twisted MemoirEvery Night's a Saturday Night

Rock memoirs don't have to be written by solo artists and frontmen to be fascinating.  The article praises memoirs by lesser known musicians such as Every Night's a Saturday Night: The Rock 'n' Roll Life of Legendary Sax Man Bobby Keys by Bobby Keys, who played with the biggest stars of the classic rock era--from the Rolling Stones to John Lennon. 

AND don't forget about those recent books, but now classics of the rock memoir genre:  the wildly popular Life by Keith Richards, and the National Book Award-winning Just Kids by Patti Smith.

What's your favorite rock memoir and why?  Tell us in the comments!



"So You Wanna Be A Rock &

"So You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star" by Semisonic drummer Jacob Slichter is excellent!

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