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Feb 21

Pied Piper calls Musicians

Posted on February 21, 2013 at 12:00 AM by Craig Jacobson

piper.jpgHave you ever noticed how many people in the music industry are writing their memoirs these days?  I don’t know if it’s just a coincidence or just the fact that aging rockers are reaching a certain age and it’s now or never for them, but there have been quite a few books lately.  The thing is, people remember these folks and who’s not interested in reading about celebrities so their popularity remains high.

If you recall, getting ahead of the game a number of years ago was the musician Sting.  His memoir, “Broken music”  was an instant success. Perhaps he set the pace for excellence and others are now just beginning to follow the tune.

The 2010 National Book non-fiction award winner was “Just kids.”  This is singer songwriter Patti Smith’s memoir of her and Robert Mapplethorpe’s life on the streets of New York in the 1960s. Readers will love her poetic reading and find fascination with her life.

Don’t forget to take a look at another amazing story, “Life”, by Keith Richards.  This long awaited autobiography of the Rolling Stones guitarist and vocalist is sure to please.  While the book details drug and sexual experiences it also touches on guitar playing and songwriting.  A similar choice would be Steven Tyler’s “Does the noise in my head bother you: a rock ‘n’ roll memoir.”

The most recent items to hit the bookshelves include the following titles:

Rod: the autobiography by Rod Stewart
Kicking and dreaming: a story of heart, soul and rock and roll by Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson and Charles R. Cross
Who I am by Pete Townshend
Waging heavy peace by Neil Young
A natural woman: a memoir by Carole King
My cross to bear by Gregg Allman

And other recent biographies to look for include:

Bruce by Peter Carlin
Mick Jagger by Philip Norman

Whoever the musician may be, they each have a story to tell.  Their story will be unlike any other person's, but they all have the same passion …following a tune.  Check out a few items @ your Library.

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