Showing posts with label music autobiographies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label music autobiographies. Show all posts

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Autobiographies: Getting the Inside Story

Typically, I’m not an avid reader. I rarely read fiction these days and most of the biographies I’ve read have been on figures in media or music. I’ve actually read a good number of musical autobiographies. I find that the inside perspective into the genesis of a song or musical piece often broadens the dimension for its appreciation and understanding.

Some musical autobiographies that I have read are:

  • Riders on the Storm by John Densmore
  • I Used to Be an Animal But I’m Alright Now by Eric Burdon
  • Play On by Mick Fleetwood
  • I’m a Believer by Micky Dolenz
  • Chronicles Vol. 1 by Bob Dylan
  • Searching For the Sound by Phil Lesh
  • I Am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne
  • Clapton by Eric Clapton
  • Long Time Gone by David Crosby
  • Somebody to Love by Grace Slick
  • I Me Mine by George Harrison
  • Change of Seasons by John Oates

Some I have read when they were first published and others I only got around to after some twenty years or so.

Autobiographies are naturally subjective and generally divulge only select information(or misinformation) that the author wants the public to know, but they all tell fascinating stories and contain inspiring and memorable anecdotes that pass on into legend and lore.

What are some autobiographies you’ve read? More importantly - how do they inspire you?