There are a multitude of music biographies out there, and it can be a daunting task for any music lover to be asked to pick just three of the best rock and roll biographies. It also doesn’t help that there are new ones being churned out every year, including multiple editions of posthumous accounts of the music scene as far as five to six decades ago.
Nevertheless, we take the challenge head on and put forth our top three picks for best rock and roll biographies:
- ‘No One Here Gets Out Alive’: By Danny Sugerman and Jerry Hopkins
Jim Morrison’s first biography takes readers on a wild roller coaster ride into his life, providing a kaleidoscopic, detailed look into the man who went on to become one of rock music’s greatest icons. This is a must-read for all fans of The Doors and also for those who are interested in Jim Morrison, the man, as much as Jim Morrison, the singer and musician. ‘No One Here Gets Out Alive’ gives a vivid portrayal of Morrison’s poetic, philosophical, spiritual, and anarchistic leanings.
- ‘The Dirt: Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band’: By Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, and Neil Strauss
‘The Dirt: Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band’ is the biography of Mötley Crüe, one of the most controversial and influential rock bands of all time. This is sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll in its most extreme form, with the book tracing the band’s most notorious encounters with the law, drug dealers, women, sanity, and even death. This is an entertaining, over-the-top read for just about everybody.
- ‘The Beatles Anthology’: By Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison
‘The Beatles Anthology’ was made possible with Yoko Ono Lennon’s inputs, as well as transcripts from the video and television series of the same name. The biography is a comprehensive historical account of the Fab Four and includes never before seen photographs, home and office memorabilia, documents, and a tribute to John Lennon.
One can argue that the last two books are more autobiographical in nature. However, these three are highly recommended as fixtures on every music lover’s bookshelf and do more than just give us a sneak peek into the mesmerizing world of rock and roll.