Thursday, January 29, 2009


Inspired by Bright Ambassador's tireless promotion on behalf of Luke Haines, I thought I'd list my 10 favourite rock biogs. Don't expect any deep analytical insight into the books or why I like them (mainly because I have a daughter waiting for her bedtime stories and I've not had my tea yet!)

In no particular order:

1. Julian Cope - Head On/Repossessed
2. Andrew Loog Oldham - Stoned/2Stoned
3. Simon Napier-Bell - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me/Black Vinyl - White Powder/I'm Coming To Take You To Lunch
4. Ed Jones - This Is Pop
5. John Repsch - The Legendary Joe Meek
6. Brian Wilson - Wouldn't It Be Good
7. Ray Davies - X-Ray
8. Fredric Dannen - Hit Men
9. Motley Crue - The Dirt
10. Suzi Quatro - Unzipped (when I've finished it)

I reserve the right to change this list when someone remembers a better book that I've stupidly forgotten.


Bright Ambassador said...

With you on The Dirt. And I know it's not strictly a rock big - but it's about a life in music - I love Stuart Maconie's Cider With Roadies.

The Cat said...

Now, I would've picked "Cider With Roadies" too. It was there or thereabouts, at the end of the day, over the 90 minutes.

JC said...

Tainted Life - Marc Almond
Redemption Song - Joe Strummer
No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs - John Lydon
The Severed Alliance - The Smiths
45 - Bill Drummond
24 Hour Party People - Tony Wilson
Things The Grandchildren Should Know - Mark 'E' Everett
Confusion - Bernard Sumner
A Cure For Gravity - Joe Jackson
Still Suitable For Miners - Billy Bragg

(I know thy're not all autobios, but I've listed who they are about...)

Just some others that you didn't mention....!