Hot on the heels of the news that Courtney Love is penning her memoirs for a 2012 release, let’s take a look at the best rock autobiographies out there. Chronicles : Volume One – Bob Dylan. Starting with his arrival in New York in 1961 and flipping into the 70’s this is a characteristically poetic look at his early fame.
Slash – The Autobiography – Slash. Saul Hudson takes us from his childhood in London to moving to LA and meeting W. Axl Rose plus all the mischief of LA’s hair-metal scene which followed.
Scar Tissue – Anthony Kiedis. A chronological take on his life, from his unconventional childhood through to success with Red Hot Chili Peppers through to his battle with drug addiction, his many love affairs and his take on spirituality. They’re all covered here.
Life – Keith Richards. All the drugs, the love/hate Jagger/Richards relationship, the blood changing myth and of course the snorting-his-dads-ashes incident are all recounted and/ or debunked, in Richards own unique voice.
The Dirt – Motley Crue. From the groupies to the drugs to the celebrity hook ups. It’s all here (plus 100 photographs), and is considered by some to be the ultimate sex, drugs and rock and roll memoir.
I Need More – Iggy Pop. With a foreword from Andy Warhol, this book charts the strange childhood of James Osterberg and is crammed with anecdotes about his time with The Stooges and ‘the Berlin years’ with Bowie.
I Was A Robot – Wolfgang Flur. A very interesting look behind the curtain of life in Krafwerk. The rest of the band were so scared of its revealing contents that they took Flur to court to prevent its publication.
Head On / Repossessd – Julian Cope. Taking us from the mid 70s to the late 80s, these two excellently written memoirs dip head first into the alternative, drug fulled scenes of punk and indie which took place in Manchester and London.
45 – Bill Drummond. A collection of essays from the pop provocateur on everything from Liverpool’s fertile punk scene, meeting Tammy Wynette to the comfort he finds in shopping mall.
Faithfull – Marianne Faithfull. From her eccentric childhood to her 60s life with The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan to her 70s descent into drug addiction and her ‘Broken English’ redemption, it’s all covered in this warts-and-all autobiography.