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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:46 pm 
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So, my station has an Honesty Library, and I picked up an Autobiography by Rick & Francis from Status Quo.

The précis for both was: didn't much like school, liked music, got into a band as soon as I could, chased anything with a vagina as soon as I could, then did 35 years of drugs & booze. Got married a couple of times, had some kids, cheated on everyone, only realised I was getting ripped off financially in my Forties, sold out musically to generate some cash, am now an old fart.

Apart from quite how surprising how young they actually started, nothing here was exactly a surprise, except maybe the sad drowning of Rick Parfitts 2 year old daughter.

Are any other rock star autobiographies worth reading, as I can't really see how they won't all be about drugs, shagging, rows about money, and ultimately selling out and writing any old shite for the Money.


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I quite enjoyed Keith Richards effort 'Life'. There was quite a bit detailing the actual song writing process with Jagger which was interesting and his heron habit not surprisingly features heavily.

Eric Clapton just comes across as a bit of a c*nt. After the initial interesting bits of about his youth and his years in the Yardbirds the rest of the book basically describes his efforts to shag his mate's (George Harrisons) wife and how he basically got every women in his life hooked on drugs before binning them.

Alex James from Blur was a pretty decent stab at describing the rise in six months from living in a squat in Catford to shagging supermodels in 5* hotels with a bowl of coke and a crate of champagne by the bedside in Buenos Aires while on tour.


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I quite enjoyed Keith Richards effort 'Life'. There was quite a bit detailing the actual song writing process with Jagger which was interesting and his heron habit not surprisingly features heavily.

Eric Clapton just comes across as a bit of a c*nt. After the initial interesting bits of about his youth and his years in the Yardbirds the rest of the book basically describes his efforts to shag his mate's (George Harrisons) wife and how he basically got every women in his life hooked on drugs before binning them.

Alex James from Blur was a pretty decent stab at describing the rise in six months from living in a squat in Catford to shagging supermodels in 5* hotels with a bowl of coke and a crate of champagne by the bedside in Buenos Aires while on tour.


Eric Clapton's son was a very fast reader - 17 Storeys in 4 seconds


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There are a handful of excellent rock biographies (Charles Shaar Murray’s on Hendrix, Ian Bell’s on Dylan) the actual autobiographies do tend to follow that pattern and depending on the level of self-abuse are often sketchy and unreliable. For entertainment, the Motley Crüe ‘oral history’ is hard to beat. Awful band, awful people, great stories.

Morrissey’s autobio is a good one, partly because he never imbibed and because he is such an amusingly self-serving plum who can actually write.

Keith Richards’ one is really good and probably half-bollocks

Avoid - all the ‘tell-all’ cash ins that came in the wake of Motley Crue’s successful effort, and Pete Townsend’s. He’s a crushing bore.


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Met a lot of them. Never did drugs myself. You try dealing with Keith Moon.

Still in touch with quite a few. And many on my contact list have left this life.

It's a creative but often destructive talent.


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globus wrote:
It's a creative but often destructive talent.


Fascinating insight.

What’s your one going to be called?


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naki wrote:
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It's a creative but often destructive talent.


Fascinating insight.

What’s your one going to be called?

"Wish I'd seen that coming".


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globus wrote:
naki wrote:
globus wrote:
It's a creative but often destructive talent.


Fascinating insight.

What’s your one going to be called?

"Wish I'd seen that coming".


Marc Bolan’s already taken that.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:25 pm 
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Enjoyed Bruce Springsteen's autobiography. Out a couple of years ago. He writes well, particularly on his troubled relationship with his father and about his recent(ish) bout of depression. Even if you don't much like his music I would heartily recommend as a Rock biography.

Ian Hunter's 'Diary of A Rock n Roll Star' is a seminal read as well. Early days of Mott The Hoople and the schlep involved in being in a band in the early 1970s.


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Mott the Hoople! Bit of a nightmare. David Bowie wrote their biggest hit.


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Dylan's 'Chronicles Volume One' has a brilliant first section detailing his early years and influences. It got a bit uninteresting after that for me, two sections on recording a couple later albums that I'm not that bov'd about.

Not a rock star but Joe Boyd's 'White Bicycles' is a great memoir from a music scene mover and shaker on both sides of the Atlantic from the 60s onwards.

'Ready Steady Go' by Shawn Levy is a good book on Swinging London which from memory has lots on Mick Jagger and strangely (perhaps), Terence Stamp.

'Pops' by Terry Teachout is a great biography of Louis Armstrong.

And at the weightier end of the Market, Peter Guaralnick's two-volume Elvis biography is definitive.

Apologies, haven't really stuck to the spec there...


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I was disappointed by any Freddie Mercury / Queen books I read, as they just seemed a bit normal upbringing right up until they became huge & full of leather Bender phase. Having said that, maybe they were just poorly written books, but I enjoyed a tv programme about him where an aussie actor played him, and look forward to the upcoming biopic about him (especially as I'm going to the world premiere !)


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Duff McKagan one - don’t remember the title.
Very good.
He really is the “true and only” Guns n’Roses (maybe with Izzy)


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I quite enjoyed Keith Richards effort 'Life'. There was quite a bit detailing the actual song writing process with Jagger which was interesting and his heron habit not surprisingly features heavily.


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Enjoyed Scar Tissue Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers story.


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danny_fitz wrote:
I quite enjoyed Keith Richards effort 'Life'. There was quite a bit detailing the actual song writing process with Jagger which was interesting and his heron habit not surprisingly features heavily.


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Good Aves right there :thumbup:


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Mad Cobus.


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Duff McKagan one - don’t remember the title.
Very good.
He really is the “true and only” Guns n’Roses (maybe with Izzy)

Is that the name of the book, or just your memory


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Nolanator wrote:
danny_fitz wrote:
I quite enjoyed Keith Richards effort 'Life'. There was quite a bit detailing the actual song writing process with Jagger which was interesting and his heron habit not surprisingly features heavily.


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He was eating up to fourteen of those feckers a day.
































You c*nt


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Paint it Quack
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Winnie wrote:
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Duff McKagan one - don’t remember the title.
Very good.
He really is the “true and only” Guns n’Roses (maybe with Izzy)

Is that the name of the book, or just your memory


It’s so easy (and other lies) - this is the name of the book.
A very good one - trust me


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Met a lot of them. Never did drugs myself. You try dealing with Keith Moon.

Still in touch with quite a few. And many on my contact list have left this life.

It's a creative but often destructive talent.


hatstand, utter hatstand.


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Met a lot of them. Never did drugs myself. You try dealing with Keith Moon.

Still in touch with quite a few. And many on my contact list have left this life.

It's a creative but often destructive talent.


hatstand, utter hatstand.

Me? You must be joking. I worked with Gerry Bron for years.


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We certainly do. I don't shirk from stuff.


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The most debaucherous rock book I’ve read is Motley Crüe - The Dirt. Fantastic read. Being made in to a movie for release soon.

Andy Summers book was outstanding. Penned by himself. He has a talent for writing.


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jimmy speights wrote:
Enjoyed Scar Tissue Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers story.


Me too. Found it unputdownable. :thumbup:


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I'll second the Duff McKagan one. At the risk of over-hyping it, it is inspiring and life changing. He is obviously a very intelligent guy.


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X-Ray by Ray Davies was a good one. I haven’t read many rock star autobiogs, though, so can’t compare and contrast. I preferred it to Keef’s, but Keef, as said above, did get more into the songwriting process and how hard he worked on getting good at playing his guitar.


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mr bungle wrote:
The most debaucherous rock book I’ve read is Motley Crüe - The Dirt. Fantastic read. Being made in to a movie for release soon.


Have you read ‘Hepatitus Bathtub’ by Nofx? Whatever people think of their music, how they are all still alive and touring is anyone’s guess. The drummer’s story arc is particularly compelling. Funny/vulgar/scary as fück and highly recommended.


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naki wrote:
globus wrote:
naki wrote:
globus wrote:
It's a creative but often destructive talent.


Fascinating insight.

What’s your one going to be called?

"Wish I'd seen that coming".


Marc Bolan’s already taken that.


:lol: Naughty!

Pete Townshend's biography is worth a read - interesting character.


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AlanBengio wrote:
Duff McKagan one - don’t remember the title.
Very good.
He really is the “true and only” Guns n’Roses (maybe with Izzy)

It's So Easy and other lies.

Slash's book was good.


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AlanBengio wrote:
Duff McKagan one - don’t remember the title.
Very good.
He really is the “true and only” Guns n’Roses (maybe with Izzy)

Agreed, it's a great book, and he's a really interesting guy. The [Spoiler] fact he came from a grunge area and easily could have come up that way rather than in an LA rock band helps the story.

Your final sentence is bollocks though.


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UncleFB wrote:
AlanBengio wrote:
Duff McKagan one - don’t remember the title.
Very good.
He really is the “true and only” Guns n’Roses (maybe with Izzy)

Agreed, it's a great book, and he's a really interesting guy. The [Spoiler] fact he came from a grunge area and easily could have come up that way rather than in an LA rock band helps the story.


Duff was always in the post punk scene which in some ways morphed into the 'grunge' scene up that way. Always seemed a great guy.

I enjoyed Scar Tissue, even though Kiedis is a bit of a plonker.

I found Slash's book pretty boring, tbh.


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As a book I always loved No One Here Gets Out Alive by Danny Sugarman about Jim Morrison.

On a sporting front, Confessions of an NFL Casualty by Thomas Henderson is fantastic.


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mr bungle wrote:
The most debaucherous rock book I’ve read is Motley Crüe - The Dirt. Fantastic read. Being made in to a movie for release soon.

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Worth it for the truth of the Spaghetti Incident alone..... x(


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As a book I always loved No One Here Gets Out Alive by Danny Sugarman about Jim Morrison.

On a sporting front, Confessions of an NFL Casualty by Thomas Henderson is fantastic.


I read Danny Sugarman's autobiography. The period with the Doors is interesting and later managing Iggy Pop. Certainly have me a fascinating insight into heroin addiction.


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globus wrote:
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It's a creative but often destructive talent.


Fascinating insight.

What’s your one going to be called?

"Wish I'd seen that coming".


Marc Bolan’s already taken that.


:lol: Naughty!

Pete Townshend's biography is worth a read - interesting character.

His PA is a very good friend of mine. Went to school in Norwich.

Her dad operated on my nose twice.


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Not a "star", but a good read from the hired hand side of things


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