Musical Nonfiction – Truth, Lies and Rock & Roll

Bruce / Peter Ames Carlin

… a stunning biography of Bruce Springsteen describing his life and work in vivid intimate detail

Brothas be, yo like George, ain’t that funkin’ kinda hard on you? / a memoir by George Clinton

Traces the funk music legend’s rise from a 1950s barbershop quartet to an influential multigenre artist, discussing his pivotal artistic and business achievements with “Parliament-Funkadelic.”.

The soundtrack of my life / Clive Davis

In this star-studded autobiography, Clive Davis shares a personal, candid look into his remarkable life and the last fifty years of popular music as only a true insider can. Davis’ career has spanned more than forty years, and he has discovered, signed, or worked with a staggering array of artists: Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, Simon and Garfunkel, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Dionne Warwick, Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Aretha Franklin, to name a few.

The truth is– : my life in love and music / Melissa Etheridge

The Truth Is … is a bold and unflinching account of an extraordinary life, described as only Melissa can: from her Kansas roots through her early love of music to her brilliant rise to stardom.

Where did our love go? : the rise & fall of the Motown sound / Nelson George

George offers a concise history of Berry Gordy’s Motown Records, emphasizing Gordy’s enterprising and social-climbing bents. He deals with Motown’s inception in the late 1950s; the creation of its hit-making machinery that propelled such acts as the Supremes, the Temptations, and Marvin Gaye to stardom; and its decline in the 70s.

The boy in the song : the true stories behind 50 rock classics / Michael Heatley & Frank Hopkinson

Focuses on the boyfriends, husbands, bandmates, exes, heroes, celebrities, fathers, sons, and even complete strangers who inspired 50 of rock’s greatest songs.

Stevie Nicks : Visions, Dreams & Rumors

This highly engaging biography of Stevie Nicks, whose electric and eccentric involvement in Fleetwood Mac led to her being dubbed by Rolling Stone the “Queen of Rock and Roll,” is written by a distinguished British music journalist. Factually full and consistently fascinating, the life story the author assembles is one of abiding dedication, frequent hurt, and ultimate triumph.

My name is love : the Darlene Love story / by Darlene Love

The autobiography of a star who went from cutting hits like “Da Doo Ron Ron” and singing backup for the stars to cleaning houses in Beverly Hills and then back again to concerts, Broadway, and roles in all three Lethal Weapon movies.

Ain’t too proud to beg : the troubled lives and enduring soul of the Temptations / Mark Ribowsky

The first and only definitive biography of legendary Motown group, the Temptations The Temptations are the most incomparable soul group in history, with dozens of chart-topping hits such as My Girl and Papa Was a Rollin Stone. From the sharp suits, stylish choreography, and distinctive vocals that epitomized their onstage triumphs to the personal failings and psycho-dramas that played out behind-the-scenes, Ain’t Too Proud to Beg tells the complete story of this most popular-and tragic-of all Motown super groups.

Life / Keith Richards

Autobiography of the guitarist, songwriter, singer, and founding member of the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards. With the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards lived the original rock and roll life. He tells his story of life in the crossfire hurricane; his listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records, learning guitar and forming a band with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, the Rolling Stones’ first fame and the notorious drug busts that led to his enduring image as outlaw folk hero, creating immortal riffs like the ones in “Jumping Jack Flash” and “Honky Tonk Women.”

Billy Joel : the definitive biography / Fred Schruers

Draws on exclusive interviews to profile the acclaimed musician’s life and career, discussing such topics as his upbringing in the Long Island suburbs, entry into the 1970s music scene, and relationships with his closest associates.


List Created 2/10/15 – James Hartmann

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