Biographies, nonfiction, memoirs, and fiction about musicians and the music industry.
In this candid memoir, Springsteen discusses his life as New Jersey’s favorite son, his Catholic upbringing, troubled relationship with his working class father, the musical influences of his youth, a failed marriage, and the rise of his political consciousness. Extensive passages are devoted to well-known E Street Band Members: Vocalist Patti Scialfa (Springsteen’s life partner), saxophonist Clarence Clemons, guitarist Stevie Van Zandt, and drummer Max Weinberg. His writing style is a lyrical match to his songs.
In unsurprisingly poetic prose, both beautiful and personal, Patti Smith recounts memories plucked from various adventures in her life, from visiting a South American prison with her husband Fred "Sonic" Smith, to surveying a Coney Island devastated by a storm, to holing up in a European hotel to binge-watch detective shows.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe is well-known as the godmother of rock 'n roll who mixed religious and secular styles which angered gospel singers in more conservative churches. In the 1920s she sang at The Cotton Club and Café Society. Despite the efforts of singers like Eric Clapton, B. B. King, and Johnny Cash, she has yet to be inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame. Here are some examples of her style from YouTube:
The Southern California punk scene gets the Please Kill Me treatment in this oral history, which covers the rise of notable and notorious L.A. acts like The Germs, X, Los Lobos, and The Runaways.
Pattie Boyd, one-time model, wife of George Harrison then wife of Eric Clapton, reveals what life was really like during the swinging music scene of the 1960s and beyond. As a muse to both Harrison and Clapton, Pattie Boyd was the inspiration for "Something" and for "Layla" which became all-time classics.