I’m looking forward to reading Morrissey’s first novel. It comes out September 24th. The details are above.
I really enjoyed his Autobiography. Here are five other books by musicians, in no order, that are worth checking out:
- Bob Dylan – Chronicle
- Henry Rollins – Get in the Van: On the Road With Black Flag
- Larry Kirwan – Green Suede Shoes: An Irish-American Odyseey
- John Lydon – Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs
- Lou Reed – Between Thought and Expression: Selected Lyrics of Lou Reed
All of the books, except the Lou Reed book, which is a collection of lyrics with commentary by Reed, would qualify as autobiographies. However, each one of them is better than the standard autobiography or biography. Dylan’s is written with the kind of wordplay and imagery that one would expect from Dylan. Rollin’s is as much about self-realization under duress as it is about music, though of course there is a great deal of music commentary included. It’s jet black and deeply funny. Kirwan is not only a musician, but also a playwright. His book is not only expertly written, but features a great deal of really interesting information on the history and culture of Ireland. And Lydon’s book is not only an unsentimental look at his past, but includes commentary by other people that were around him at that same time. Even if they flat out contradict him, he seems not to give a fuck. He is interested in getting to the truth, and the truth depends on one’s perspective.