The success of Keith Richards’ frank and readable bestseller Life apparently motivated scores of other musicians to tell their own life stories, judging from the flood of musical memoirs hitting the market this fall. At the top of the season’s musical releases is Neil Young’s memoir, Waging Heavy Peace, on sale yesterday and reviewed on our website today by Henry L. Carrigan Jr. The book’s publisher, Penguin imprint Blue Rider Press, reports huge interest in Young’s story and planned a first printing of 750,000 copies.
Out next week is the Mick Jagger bio by Philip Norman, one of five books by and about musicians reviewed in the October issue of BookPage (other musicians in the lineup are Leonard Cohen, Gram Parsons, Bettye LaVette and Kenny Rogers). On October 8, The Who’s Pete Townshend tells his story in Who I Am: A Memoir, followed on October 23 by Rod Stewart with Never a Dull Moment: My Autobiograhy. And the beat goes on with Peter Carlin’s Springsteen biography, Bruce, on sale October 30.
In case that’s not enough for you music junkies, there’s also a strong crop of music gift books coming out just in time for Christmas, with scrapbook-style coffee table books on the Beatles, the Stones, the Who and other Baby Boomer favorites. Look for a full report in our December holiday coverage.