The Best Down and Dirty Books about Rock and Roll

There are a mountain of biographies and memoirs about rock and roll, rockers, musicians, groupies, rock wives and girlfriends. But my friend K (who shall henceforth be called “The Expert”) and I like a certain “class” of these books. We put our heads together and came up with this list of what we think are the very best down and dirty (emphasis on dirty) rock and roll memoirs cuz we love books about rock and roll and the people who “do” it. If this stuff is up your alley, then get comfortable. You’re gonna be in this dark alley for quite a while.
 The Best down and dirty rock and roll memoirs

The Expert calls these Rock and Roll Memoirs The Classics

Im with the band
The Dirt

The Expert and I agree that these are the Good, Juicy Rock and Roll Memoir Reads

Tommyland
Heroin Diaries
sex drugs
Slash
duff mckagan
Watch You Bleed
LAte late
lita

The Expert recommends these Insightful Rock Reads. I’ve only read the dirty, non-sightful ones)

drinking with strangers
marilyn
kicking
scar tissue

A fellow rock and roll memoir lover and reader of the blog offered up a list of some serious life lesson rock books.

weiland

Fall To Pieces by Mary Forsberg Weiland – if you thought the statement she put out with her children when Scott Weiland died was brutal, read the book to find out why it honestly wasn’t. This book was so sad, but I think Mary
is amazingly strong and doing what she can to survive.

Punk Rock Dad

Punk Rock Dad by Jim Lindberg. This is one of my favorite books. He’s the lead singer of Pennywise. It’s not only a rocker boy autobiography, but a dad biography. I loved this book because he writes about being a punk, and
how to reconcile that with being a parent. Fuck authority, but behave! This book lead to the documentary The Other F Word, which I highly recommend.

Mother

And I Don’t Want To Live This Life by Deborah Spungen. The author was the mother of Nancy Spungen of Sid and Nancy fame. It felt to me like Nancy was an incredibly unlikeable person. So much so that her mother wrote a book about her life that made you really feel bad for her family. Maybe make your older kids read this one so they’ll scratch heroin off their rock and roll bucket lists.

Both The Expert and I agree that these three fall into the class of

All-access Pass to Backstage Debauchery

Last slut
rita
cherry pie
I read this book las summer. Well, I listened to it to be honest. There are a few reasons this book is a GREAT choice, especially if you remember beautiful Bobbie Jean Brown from her long-standing streak on Star Search and/or her Warrant Cherry Pie video. 1. She is a down-home Louisiana girl and she is so honest about herself and her shortcomings in the book, you just feel like she’s also telling the truth about the other people. Yes, she was married to Jani Lane from Warrant for a short period of time but there is so much more to the story. Did you know she was engaged to Tommy Lee when he ran off and married Pam Anderson in Cancun after dating her for 3 days? Bobbie will tell you the real truth behind the “spin” of that marriage. 2. Bobbie had a cowriter for this book and I’m not faulting her for that because rockers and groupies are not writers and most need cowriters. No big deal. However, if you listen to the audiobook instead of reading it, you’ll LOL at her pronunciation of some of the bigger words her coauthor put into the book. And I mean, LOL. But it will only endear her to you more. This one gets 5 drumsticks and a guitar lick. Get it now.
A last-minute addition from The Expert: Sebastian Bach’s book
sebastian bach
You might notice that The Expert has a slight Tommy Lee fetish having read pretty much every book he appears in or is mentioned in and while I’ll admit that’s true, I’ll also tell you she does not discriminate when it comes to rock and roll memoirs. She’s been known to only allow herself a few pages per night of many of these books just because she doesn’t ever want the book to end. I wish I’d followed her example on my most recent read, “Dirty Rocker Boys” by Bobbie Brown but it was just so delicious I finished it in 2 days.
 The Best down and dirty rock and roll memoirs
It took all of 12 hours for me to get messages from my music-loving friends about other great books I missed in the list. Here are a few of those:
Fargo Rock City by Chuck Klosterman (don’t stop there – he has several that are fantastic. Gabe and I have read almost all of them!)
 The Most Beautiful by Mayte Garcia.
Don’t get me started. I still can’t talk about it without getting a lump in my throat. My purple one is gone. I hesitated for a while to even read this book because I was afraid it would be exploitive being from his ex. I found it to be very insightful, honest and respectful of Prince. I felt like I was allowed inside his real life for a bit. Read it. Highly recommend.

Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield (has many more titles). This one was recommended to me by a likeminded rock & roll lover I know and I am literally placing my order right night.

You’ll find a link to the books if you click on the photos or the titles and if you purchase, I’ll make a small commission as an *amazon affiliate that helps to fund this blog. So get to shopping, get to reading and if you’re really in the mood, go get that bottle of Rave you’ve been storing in your bathroom for a rock and roll emergency and tease that hair up BIG!
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The Best Down and Dirty Books about Rock and Roll

There are a mountain of biographies and memoirs about rock and roll, rockers, musicians, groupies, rock wives and girlfriends. But my friend K (who shall henceforth be called “The Expert”) and I like a certain “class” of these books. We put our heads together and came up with this list of what we think are the very best down and dirty (emphasis on dirty) rock and roll memoirs cuz we love books about rock and roll and the people who “do” it. If this stuff is up your alley, then get comfortable. You’re gonna be in this dark alley for quite a while.
 The Best down and dirty rock and roll memoirs

The Expert calls these Rock and Roll Memoirs The Classics

Im with the band
The Dirt

The Expert and I agree that these are the Good, Juicy Rock and Roll Memoir Reads

Tommyland
Heroin Diaries
sex drugs
Slash
duff mckagan
Watch You Bleed
LAte late
lita

The Expert recommends these Insightful Rock Reads. I’ve only read the dirty, non-sightful ones)

drinking with strangers
marilyn
kicking
scar tissue

A fellow rock and roll memoir lover and reader of the blog offered up a list of some serious life lesson rock books.

weiland

Fall To Pieces by Mary Forsberg Weiland – if you thought the statement she put out with her children when Scott Weiland died was brutal, read the book to find out why it honestly wasn’t. This book was so sad, but I think Mary
is amazingly strong and doing what she can to survive.

Punk Rock Dad

Punk Rock Dad by Jim Lindberg. This is one of my favorite books. He’s the lead singer of Pennywise. It’s not only a rocker boy autobiography, but a dad biography. I loved this book because he writes about being a punk, and
how to reconcile that with being a parent. Fuck authority, but behave! This book lead to the documentary The Other F Word, which I highly recommend.

Mother

And I Don’t Want To Live This Life by Deborah Spungen. The author was the mother of Nancy Spungen of Sid and Nancy fame. It felt to me like Nancy was an incredibly unlikeable person. So much so that her mother wrote a book about her life that made you really feel bad for her family. Maybe make your older kids read this one so they’ll scratch heroin off their rock and roll bucket lists.

Both The Expert and I agree that these three fall into the class of

All-access Pass to Backstage Debauchery

Last slut
rita
cherry pie
I read this book las summer. Well, I listened to it to be honest. There are a few reasons this book is a GREAT choice, especially if you remember beautiful Bobbie Jean Brown from her long-standing streak on Star Search and/or her Warrant Cherry Pie video. 1. She is a down-home Louisiana girl and she is so honest about herself and her shortcomings in the book, you just feel like she’s also telling the truth about the other people. Yes, she was married to Jani Lane from Warrant for a short period of time but there is so much more to the story. Did you know she was engaged to Tommy Lee when he ran off and married Pam Anderson in Cancun after dating her for 3 days? Bobbie will tell you the real truth behind the “spin” of that marriage. 2. Bobbie had a cowriter for this book and I’m not faulting her for that because rockers and groupies are not writers and most need cowriters. No big deal. However, if you listen to the audiobook instead of reading it, you’ll LOL at her pronunciation of some of the bigger words her coauthor put into the book. And I mean, LOL. But it will only endear her to you more. This one gets 5 drumsticks and a guitar lick. Get it now.
A last-minute addition from The Expert: Sebastian Bach’s book
sebastian bach
You might notice that The Expert has a slight Tommy Lee fetish having read pretty much every book he appears in or is mentioned in and while I’ll admit that’s true, I’ll also tell you she does not discriminate when it comes to rock and roll memoirs. She’s been known to only allow herself a few pages per night of many of these books just because she doesn’t ever want the book to end. I wish I’d followed her example on my most recent read, “Dirty Rocker Boys” by Bobbie Brown but it was just so delicious I finished it in 2 days.
 The Best down and dirty rock and roll memoirs
It took all of 12 hours for me to get messages from my music-loving friends about other great books I missed in the list. Here are a few of those:
Fargo Rock City by Chuck Klosterman (don’t stop there – he has several that are fantastic. Gabe and I have read almost all of them!)
 The Most Beautiful by Mayte Garcia.
Don’t get me started. I still can’t talk about it without getting a lump in my throat. My purple one is gone. I hesitated for a while to even read this book because I was afraid it would be exploitive being from his ex. I found it to be very insightful, honest and respectful of Prince. I felt like I was allowed inside his real life for a bit. Read it. Highly recommend.

Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield (has many more titles). This one was recommended to me by a likeminded rock & roll lover I know and I am literally placing my order right night.

You’ll find a link to the books if you click on the photos or the titles and if you purchase, I’ll make a small commission as an *amazon affiliate that helps to fund this blog. So get to shopping, get to reading and if you’re really in the mood, go get that bottle of Rave you’ve been storing in your bathroom for a rock and roll emergency and tease that hair up BIG!
Please follow along on facebook, instagram and twitter and if you really want to keep up – you don’t want to miss any update on dirty rocker memoirs do you? – sign up for my newsletter and get an email every time I write a new post (1-2 times per week tops).

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