The closest the majority of us will come to the scandalous lifestyle of sex, drugs and rock and roll is via the pages of a juicy autobiography, and this 2011, we have been treated to some monstrous music memoirs thus far, with Steven Tyler, Sammy Hagar and Husker Du’s Bob Mould amongst the rock stars to have revealed all.
Today, SongLyrics looks ahead to the ten most exciting rock memoirs due in the forthcoming months.
Boy oh boy, a lot of people are excited about this one! After years of silence, legendary Smiths’ front man, Morrissey, has finally revealed he is to release a tell-all autobiography in December 2012. Speaking to Billboard, the controversial crooner claimed the memoir is a “sentimental climax to the last 30 years” before adding “it will not be published until December 2012, which gives me just enough time to pack all I own in a box and disappear to central Brazil. The innocent are named and the guilty are protected.” Juicy!
2. Johnny Marr
Following aptly on from Morrissey comes fellow Smiths’ band mate, Johnny Marr, who has announced he is to pen a memoir after recently being offered a “serious” book deal. While a release date is yet to be set, Marr’s book—which shall no doubt cover the guitarist’s strained relationship with Morrissey during the five years of The Smiths and their turbulent split in 1987 when Marr was on the verge of alcoholism—will provide a very interesting flip side to Mozza’s upcoming autobiography.
3. Greg Allman
Greg Allman’s forthcoming autobiography is set to be one of the most enlightening insights into the world of rock. According to publishers, Allman is to “discuss for the first time the unflinching story of his life in music”, starting with his career in The Allman Brothers Band, right up to his ongoing solo career. The memoir—which will focus on the tragic death of brother and bandmate Duane who was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1971, Allman’s string of failed relationships (including his marriage to Cher), as well as his battles with drug and alcohol—is due out early 2012.
4. Billy Corgan
Smashing Pumpkins’ front man, Billy Corgan, is currently busy setting down what he describes as a “spiritual memoir”. ‘God Is Everywhere, From Here To There’—due for release next year—is said to be an intimate insight into Corgan’s personal life, as well his time with the Pumpkins. The autobiography follows on from Corgan’s controversial MySpace memoir blogs back in 2005, during which he detailed the abuse experienced throughout his childhood. Alluding to the blogs in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Corgan said the forthcoming autobiography would contain “totally fresh material”: “When I started talking about child abuse stuff, and people started saying, ‘You have no right to talk about that stuff,’ it was a total turn-off. Because people start saying, ‘Well, my dad ripped my arm off, so you can’t talk.’ Well, I’m just talking about my journey. I apologize that I didn’t get beat more.”
5. Billy Idol
Expect plenty of scandal to feature in punk legend Billy Idol’s upcoming autobiography, ‘Dancing With Myself’. The former Generation X front man has revealed he is currently penning a memoir which is set to detail “the drugs, the booze, the women, the 24-hour around-the-clock excess”. Idol added that he was “going out on a limb here—so watch my back”. Publishers, Touchstone, have told fans to expect ‘Dancing With Myself’ late 2011/early 2012.
6. Peter Criss
Following a rollercoaster ride of scandal, drug and alcohol abuse and numerous brushes with death, drummer Peter Criss was ultimately fired from rock band KISS in 1980. Now the ‘Catman’ is to tell his “eye opening” side of the story in upcoming autobiography, ‘Makeup to Breakup’, due fall 2012. Speaking of the memoir, the sticksman said: “I am so blessed that I am finally going to write my autobiography, and I hope you enjoy the ride.” Criss added: “The best of all is I get to share my true feelings of my love for God, family, friends and fame. It’s been a wonderful life.”
7. Duff McKagan
Duff McKagan is to follow in the footsteps of fellow former Guns N’ Roses band mates, Slash and Steven Adler, and will release his own memoir, ‘It’s So Easy (And Other Lies)’. McKagan has reassured fans that his autobiography is not going to be a mere regurgitation of his band mates’ previous efforts, with McKagan claiming he is going for a much more personal take: “This is just my story. It’s really my demise into addiction and stuff, and then my way out and my journey into things.” McKagan added to Billboard that the frank autobiography—due out in October—was “gut wrenching” to write: “It was pretty gut-wrenching to write some of this stuff, just because I hadn’t faced any of it until I had to write the book.”
8. George Harrison/Olivia Harrison
Number eight of this list could be considered a somewhat detour, since the book in question is not a strict ‘autobiography’. Still, we are sure that you will agree the subject matter is far too important to overlook. Olivia Harrison has recently penned a book in honor of her late husband, Beatle legend, George Harrison. ‘Living in the Material World: George Harrison’ is due for release this fall, and will coincide with the release of the Martin Scorsese-directed biopic of the same name. The 400-page book, which was especially compiled by Olivia, will draw on George’s personal archive of never-seen-before photographs, letters, diaries, and memorabilia, and include contributions from Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam (to name a humble few!)
9. Tony Iommi
Black Sabbath guitarist and practical architect of heavy metal, Tony Iommi, is to tell all in his upcoming autobiography, ‘Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven And Hell With Black Sabbath’. According to publishers, ‘Iron Man’ will “reveal the man behind the icon”, with Iommi said to speak “honestly and unflinchingly about his rough-and-tumble childhood, the accident that almost ended his career, his failed marriages, personal tragedies, battles with addiction, band mates, famous friends, newfound daughter, and the ups and downs of his life as an artist.” Grab this slice of rock history November 1st.
10. Pete Townshend
Undoubtedly one of the most anticipated and long-awaited autobiographies in rock and roll, The Who guitarist, Pete Townshend, is to finally release ‘Who He?’ in autumn 2012. The book has been in the works for fifteen years, and in 2003, Townshend was cautioned by police during its writing after being found to be accessing child pornography on the internet. Townshend claimed he was conducing research for the book, stating at the time: “I believe I was sexually abused between the age of five and six and a half when in the care of my maternal grandmother who was mentally ill at the time. Some of the things I have seen on the internet have informed my book.” Publishers, Harper Collins, recently said of the upcoming autobiography: “In the 1970s, Pete Townshend famously asked the musical question “Who are you?“ Now, in his autobiography, generations of fans will finally get the answer they’ve been waiting for.”