Today (September 6th) is National Read a Book Day. Yea, we know, reading is boring. Let’s just shut up and let the music do the talking. But don’t you want to know the story behind the music? Hundreds of rockers have already penned their memoirs, giving some great insider access into the early days of decadence. So if you’re looking for a book to read today, try one of our favorite rock and roll memoirs.
Mötley Crüe, The Dirt (2001)
Everyone knows that Mötley Crüe was the most dangerous rock band in the world. Now you get to read about all the horrors, as told by each member. They detail wild parties with their audience after shows and drugs galore. From an excerpt of The Dirt: “One night, David Lee Roth came over and was sitting on the floor with a big pile of blow, keeping it all to himself as usual, when the door fell off the hinges and cracked across the back of his head. Dave halted his monologue for a half-second, and then continued. He didn't seem to be aware that anything out of the ordinary had happened - and he didn’t lose a single flake of his drugs.”
Slash, Slash (2007)
Speaking of most dangerous rock band in the world, the former Guns n’ Roses axman also released a candid tell-all. It’s about what you’d expect: growing up among stars like David Bowie and Joni Mitchell, the LA strip in the late-80s, partying, sex, drugs, and the occasional gig. From an excerpt of Slash: “The audience didn’t know that my heart had done a somersault just before the solo. My body had delivered its karmic retribution; reminding me, onstage, of how many times I’d intentionally served it up a chemical loop-de-loop.”
Ozzy Osbourne, I Am Ozzy (2010)
Maybe this book should be called “How Am I Still Alive?” Ozzy chronicles his journey to the rock and roll pantheon from humble beginnings. If you wonder, like the rest of us, how he survived this long with all the drugs and tragedy and MTV, look no further. From The Guardian: “His ghostwriter has faithfully captured his voice (Osbourne has many talents, prose stylist probably not among them), and some of his anecdotes you will want to recite to anyone passing.”
Anthony Kiedis, Scar Tissue (2004)
The Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman details his torrid love affair with hardcore drugs in the 80s and 90s. Anecdotes include doing speedballs with a Mexican drug dealer with the dealer’s grandmother in the next room and getting high for the first time at age 11. Don't you wish you could live the life of a rock star? Me neither.
D. Randall Blythe, Dark Days: A Memoir (2015)
Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe had perhaps the most bizarre and terrifying experience of any rock star in history. He was arrested for manslaughter in the Czech Republic and spent weeks in jail for pushing a fan off stage two years prior. This memoir is truly unlike any other on the market. Whether you’re a fan of Lamb of God or not, Blythe’s tale is definitely a great read.
Blake Froling is a classic rocker who can be seen on the road belting out AC/DC songs in his car.