Essential Biographical Books for Rock Music Fans
The Greatest Holiday Reads For The Rock Star In You!
Looking for a book to read on your summer holidays, but don't want the latest fictional bestseller? After an edge-of-your-sun-lounger read with a little more bite? Or just interested in find out out what your favourite rock stars are like when they're not melting faces onstage? Then read on, for my personal selection of the greatest rock autobiographies! Stories about fame, band disputes, and the odd drug overdose will be found on the pages of many of these. Trust me, you'll never think about your favourite rock musicians in the same way again!
Corey Taylor - Seven Deadly SIns
Corey Taylor, lead singer in Iowa metallers Slipknot, has lived an unusual life. But what would you expect from a vocalist in one of the world's unpredictable and diverse metal bands? His book tells the story of his life through his experiences of the Seven Deadly Sins, the mistakes he made, the conflicts he fought through, and how he brought his life back on track.
Both brutally honest and painfully humorous, Corey Taylor's story "perfectly captures the supercharged energy, aggression, and outrageousness of Slipknot's music" (Publisher's Weekly, 13th June 2011). From losing his virginity at 11, to cocaine binges and setting himself on fire, Corey has lived his life through the Seven Deadly Sins, and has emerged out the other side to tell his story.
Slash - The Autobiography
Guitarist Saul 'Slash' Hudson joined the newly-formed Guns and Roses in 1985, after moving from Staffordshire in the UK to Los Angeles when he was a young boy. Before G'n'R had even signed a record deal, they were already well-known as rebellious and loud, earning the monicker "The Most Dangerous Band in the World." But as time went on, not only did relationships begin to fray, but Slash also found himself with his own personal problems, his addiction to heroin...
This book is an honest and open insight into the history of Slash, considered by many to be one of the finest rock guitarists ever to have lived. From his early and teenage years, to joining Guns N Roses, right up to the forming of Velvet Revolver, his story is an addictive read. Dealing with his heroin and alcohol addictions, his volatile relationship with Axl Rose, and his various loves and losses, the book flows so fluently you'll find it hard to put the book down.
Ozzy Osbourne - I Am Ozzy
John Osbourne, frontman in Black Sabbath and proclaimed as 'The Godfather of Heavy Metal', but better known as just Ozzy, started life as a working class kid destined for factory work. Now at the ripe old age of 60, he's lived through substance abuse, rabies scares, and a direct hit with a plane, and is ready to tell you his story.
Almost as addictive as Ozzy's personality, his life story is one of the most unusual and astonishing tales you'll ever read. He may be the Prince of Darkness but he's down to earth and has never forgotten his roots. Whether you're a fan of his music or not, you'll find it hard to put this book down
Motley Crue - The Dirt
In their heyday, Motley Crue were the loudest, most obscene, and downright dirtiest metal band in existence. This is their story, an insight into the hard partying, drug consuming, world touring and heavy drinking that made up most of their off (and on) stage antics. Considered by many as one of the finest rock autobiographies ever to have been written, it reveals a side of the band that every rock fan knew about them, but with more detail than one would care to ask.
This book is named "Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band" for a good reason. The writing style does not hold back, there's no story considered too risquÃ©, no backstage antic too obscene, or no drug binge considered too messy to describe. Its an incredible look into how the most dangerous and wildest band earned their infamous legend. A must-read for any rock fan
Nikki Sixx - The Heroin Diaries
'The Heroin Diaries' is a year in the life of Motley Crue guitarist Nikki Sixx. Instead of simply writing his story, he has collected a year's worth of diary entries from 1987. It's a painfully honest, unabridged look into the mind of a rock star, heroin addict, and occasional poet. Included alongside the entries are stories from those closest to him; bandmates, managers, ex-lovers, and friends
In 1987, Nikki Sixx was in trouble. His band Motley Crue were at their highest peak, yet Nikki was at his lowest. Fighting a dangerous addiction to heroin, while still trying to write an album and tour the world, he wrote his diary detailing the darkest days, and the highest points, coming to an incredible conclusion which sees him trying to recapture his control over life. A fascinating insight into the mind of the Crue songwriter, and because its a diary as opposed to a memoir, the detail included is outstanding. Also features interviews with his bandmates, friends, and management, as well as notes from himself about what the entries truly mean to him, its possibly the most in-depth autobiography you'll ever read.
Lemmy - White Line Fever
Lemmy Kilminster, frontman in Motorhead for over 30 years, has seen and done some incredible things in his life. After playing in various unsuccessful bands, he joined Hawkwind in 1971. Fired 5 years later for 'doing the wrong drugs', he goes on to form what he referred to as "the dirtiest rock 'n' roll band in the world". For a period of 5 years they were even in the Guinness World Record books as the loudest too.
Laced with his dry sense of humour, and tales even he struggles to remember, 'White Line Fever' follows Lemmy living his life in true rock star fashion: "Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll". In all fairness, even he is surprised he has survived this long. In 1980, doctors declared his blood as being so full of toxic chemicals, it could kill another human being. Starting out in local bands, to being Jimi Hendrix's roadie and 'drug scorer', to frontman of the worlds Loudest Rock Band, this book is sometimes hilarious, and always entertaining. A fascinating glimpse into the life of a (still somehow!) living legend.
Marilyn Manson - The Long Hard Road Out of Hell
Marilyn Manson is the world's most controversial rock star. Growing up as an outsider, to becoming the shock-rocker he is today. Wherever he went, controversy wasn't far behind. This book tell the story of the first 29 years of his life. His early years attending a Christian school in Ohio, to forming Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids, right up to his controversial 'Dead To The World' tour
From a shy Christian schoolboy to the most obscene, feared, and outrageous celebrity in the USA, Marilyn Manson found fame at a price. That price was drug addiction, prison spells, and over 450 scars. He speaks about his unusual childhood, how his band found fame with the controversy they caused, and the various accusations by Christians, police, and other fans. An involving and eye-opening account of the man behind the make-up.
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