While it may sound trite, great musicians don’t just give us lyrics and melodies. They invite us into their souls. They entertain us with something unique to themselves, yet to which we can relate.
Of course, these stories have to come from somewhere, and genius comes at a price. Very often, the lives that distill so nicely into song are in reality troubled and tortured. Some artists live to conquer their demons. Many die trying. Either way, their stories fascinate us. We want to know what sets them apart from us? What makes them similar? Would we want to live their lives so that we could possess their talents?
Find out for yourself with some of our new music biographies.
|Allman, Gregg, 1947-. (c2012.). My Cross to Bear. New York : William Morrow & Co.|
|Andersen, Christopher P. (2012.). Mick : the Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger. New York : Gallery Books.|
|Bego, Mark. (2012.). Aretha Franklin : The Queen of Soul. New York : Skyhorse Pub.|
|Evanier, David. (c2011.). All the Things You Are : The Life of Tony Bennett. Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons.|
|Hendrix, Leon, 1948-. (2012.). Jimi Hendrix : A Brother’s Story. New York : Thomas Dunne Books.|
|Keys, Bobby. (c2012.). Every Night’s a Saturday Night : The Rock ‘n’ roll Life of Legendary Sax Man Bobby Keys. Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint.|
|King, Carole, 1942-. (c2012.). A Natural Woman : A Memoir. New York : Grand Central Pub.|
|Lynn, Loretta. (2012.). Honky Tonk Girl : My Life in Lyrics. New York : A.A. Knopf.|
|Paisley, Brad. (2011.). Diary of a Player : How My Musical Heroes Made a Guitar Man Out of Me. New York : Howard Books.|
|Paul McCartney : At 70, He’s Here, There and Everywhere. New York : Time Home Entertainment. (2012.).|
|Podolsky, Rich, 1946-. (2012.). Don Kirshner : The Man With the Golden Ear : How He Changed the Face of Rock and Roll. Milwaukee : Hal Leonard Books.|
|Rubin, Susan Goldman. (c2011.). Music Was It : Young Leonard Bernstein. Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge.|
|Taylor, Andy, 1961-. (2008.). Wild Boy : My Life in Duran Duran. New York : Grand Central Pub.|
|Thompson, Dave, 1960 Jan. 3-. (2011.). Bad Reputation : The Unauthorized Biography of Joan Jett. Milwaukee : Backbeat Books.|
|Winehouse, Mitch. (c2012.). Amy, My Daughter. New York : It Books.|
You can find hundreds of additional music biographies in the Art & Music room on the second floor.