Giving a book as a holiday gift has gotten a bad rap over the years; maybe because people are giving the wrong kind of books. If you want to appease and please the music lover in your life, and don't want to be on receiving end of a stink eye over the Christmas turkey, consider giving one of these music autobiographies as a perfect holiday gift.
Quincy Jones - "Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones"
Easily one of the best autobiographies ever written (regardless of genre), Quincy Jones gives a no holds barred detail of his life. The autobiography covers everything from his mother's mental illness to working with everyone from Sinatra and Michael Jackson to his own nervous breakdown after the meteoric success of Thriller. Amazon
Bruce Springsteen - "Born to Run"
If you're unable to get tickets to Bruce Springsteen's Broadway show, the next best thing is to read the book that inspired it. In it, The Boss, one of the mightiest rock performers to ever grace the stage, reveals himself as a mere mortal detailing his complicated childhood, bouts of depression and searching for answers in years of therapy. Amazon
Tina Turner - "Tina Turner: My Love Story"
Tina Turner co-wrote her first autobiography "I, Tina" with Kurt Loder in 1986, a book that lead to the basis of the movie "What's Love Got To Do With It." Released last month "Tina Turner: My Love Story" expands on that book detailing everything from her recent health scare to dealing with the suicide of her son. Amazon
Pete Townshend - "Who I Am: A Memoir"
While Townshend explains everything from his childhood abuse to his extraordinary creative process, the biggest reveal is that this art student put together The Who as an example of auto-destructive art. Funny thing. They never did. Amazon
Roger Daltrey - "Thanks A Lot Mr. Kibblewhite"
Not to be outdone by his counterpart, The Who lead singer released his version of events last month revealing himself as the eye of the storm known as Hurricane Who. For example, Daltrey got so tired of getting thrown out of a hotel in the middle of the night due to the antics of other Who members, he started staying at a separate hotel. Amazon
Keith Richards - "Life"
The man snorted his father's ashes. That is all. Amazon
Motley Crue - "The Dirt"
You know when NPR calls a rock band's autobiography "the singularly greatest sex/drugs/rock reading experience of our age," that band has done something right. But when that band is Motley Crue, who have never been critics' darlings in any way shape or form, that sort of rave is downright stunning. But if you want a true understanding of 80's rock debauchery, this is your Bible. The most remarkable revelation is that for a band that partied as hard as they rocked, the biggest reveal in this book is that, at the end of the day, they were four insecure little boys looking to for somewhere to belong. Amazon
Ozzy Osbourne - "I Am Ozzy"
Ozzy's exploits in the music industry are legendary, but the best part about this book is the humorous way in which the Prince of Darkness tells them. Osbourne is truly someone who can take a piss out of himself - and on the Alamo. Amazon
Dolly Parton - "Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business"
If there's any autobiography that's begging for a sequel, it's this one. Released in 1994, the country icon details her rise from her roots in East Tennessee through her music and movie career in the 60's, 70's and 80's. She accomplished much more in the 24 years since so, as much as one can hope for a follow-up, you can be thoroughly entertained from reading about the first 30 years of her career. Amazon
Nile Rodgers - "Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco and Destiny"
If anyone wants to know what the hedonism of the 70's and 80's music scene was really like, the Chic guitarist gives us a firsthand view, all while creating some groundbreaking funk and giving artists like Madonna and David Bowie the biggest hits of their careers. Amazon
George Harrison - "I Me Mine"
Updated from its original 1980 version, this 2017 color edition of Harrison's story contains 200 new pages of material including 50 added songs. Besides revealing his personal story, Harrison offers sage advice including “All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece but not too much.” Amazon