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Music is the soundtrack to our memories and one of life’s great pleasures. And the people who write, sing and play live a rollercoaster existence in the glare of the public eye. These stars suffer heartbreak and heartache, personal tragedies, drug and alcohol addiction, in-fighting and real fighting, financial woes despite earning a fortune, and the odd loneliness of life on the road. These books are fascinating reads and signed too.
A selection of 15 books written by the artists who played at The Woodstock Festival. The books are as varied as the artists themselves, from Pete Townshend's collection of short stories, Arlo Guthrie's children's book and the numerous biographies from a life in music.
Despite this perfect storm of collectability, Sex is not actually the rarest or most valuable book by the Queen of Pop. In 2003, photographer Steven Klein and Madonna worked together on a multi media performance art piece including a lengthy photo shoot, which resulted in a limited edition (1000 copies) hand bound coffee table book entitled X-STaTIC Pro=CeSS, which originally sold for $350. Fifty copies were signed by both Madonna and Klein, and those have since sold for as much as $3216 on AbeBooks.