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Top 10 Rock Biographies


motleycruethedirtThe Independent has posted their list of the top 10 rock biographies.

1. Motley Crue: The Dirt
While you might not really care what Vince Neil and Nicki Six have to say their actions definatly speak louder than words. It would be hard for any bands history to be half as ridiculous.
2.Down the Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan by Howard Sounes
Dylan changed changed the way people looked at folk singers and proved that having a political voice didn’t mean you were destined to be poor.
3. Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd by Nick Mason
Five decades of the most insane live shows ever put dreamed up, and personal acounts of the departure of Syd Barrett.
4. The Dark Stuff by Nick Kent
Kent dedicatse a chapter to a different figure including Brian Wilson, Iggy Pop, and Neil Young.
5. Biography of Led Zepplin: When Giants Walked the Earth by Mick Wall
Chronicles the bands rise as well as all the sex, drugs and sin that one would expect from an over the top band like Zepplin
6. Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits by Barney Hoskyns
Hoskyns goes back to Waits childhood to create a broader picture of the musician as a person.
7. Dear Boy: The Life of Keith Moon by Tony Fletcher
You couldn’t make this list and and not include The Who’s legendary drummer
8. Meetings with Morrissey by Len Brown
In the first half the book traces The Smiths rise, and then moves onto Morrissey’s solo career and his departure from Britain.
9. Tearing Down The Wall of Sound by Mick Brown
Does exactly what the subtitle says by covering the rise and fall of super producer Phil Spector
10. Nirvana: the True Story by Everett True

I think they made some good choices in the list but I have to disagree with a couple. I really liked The Smiths but I just don’t think I could put up with an entire book of Morrissey’s woe is me drivel and the last thing anyone needs to read is another Nirvana biography.

I think a more interesting take would have been to add in a story or two of some bands or singers that ended up really toiling at their career before breaking out. I would have added Get in the Van: On the Road with Black Flag by Hennry Rollins before either of these.

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2 Responses to “Top 10 Rock Biographies”

  1. Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azzerad is a brilliant and insightful look at the luminaries of American post-punk, hardcore and indie rock, spanning the 1980′s. Azzerad also has a fairly respected Nirvana biography, though I’ve not read it.

    Chuck Klosterman’s Killing Yourself to Live and Fargo Rock City, while more cultural essay than pure rock n’ roll biography, are excellent and wryly hilarious.

  2. Also, the Independent could use a copy editor. :P

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