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5 Memoirs by Musicians That You Need to Get Your Hands on

It’s not often that we have the chance to see things through a musician’s perspective. Their memoirs have left lasting impressions on those who have read them and allow the legacies of those who wrote them to live on for years to come. Here are our top five picks of musicians’ memoirs you need to add to your 2019 reading list.

5. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

This bestselling novel is full of recollections from Springsteen’s early life all the way through his career—some stories that inspired his Broadway show are even mentioned in the book. This memoir helps the reader see what fueled the musician’s journey into stardom.

The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur

A look into the lyrical genius’ mind after his death, this book of poems takes on topics ranging from poverty to art. The thing that makes this work extra amazing is the fact that Tupac Shakur’s own handwriting can be found on a side-by-side comparison with the typed page on the opposite side.

Gone ‘Til November: A Journal of Rikers Island by Lil Wayne

This autobiography is essentially Lil Wayne’s prison diary and includes very personal accounts from the eight months that the rapper spent incarcerated.

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Catch a Fire: The Autobiography by Melanie Brown

The Spice Girl star, Mel B, opens up about her time as “Scary” Spice as well as her childhood, relationships and everything leading up to her career at the time of publishing.

Lobotomy: Surviving the Ramones by Dee Dee Ramone

This eye-opening memoir takes the reader through the underground and unseen parts of rock ‘n’ roll. Drugs, breakups and partying—this story tells it all.

Reading about the greats and those who set the path for music today gives us a better understanding of what it’s like to be in the minds of the rich and famous and how the toll of being in the public eye can affect you.

What is your favorite musician memoir? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @soundigest!

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