I have a guilty secret. I like to read rock biographies. They are my vice, my guilty pleasure. My reward after having completed a bit of study or read a bit of worthy literature. However, I consider them a guilty pleasure as although easy to read and entertaining, increasingly often after finishing them I have a feeling of emptiness and disappointment.
The exceptions to this over the years have been books whose authors are good writers and do not use ghost writers – Dylan’s Chronicles, Patti Smith’s Just Kids and Donald Fagen’s Eminent Hipsters. One ghost written one that sticks in the memory as being a very satisfying read is Levon Helm’s Wheel on Fire. Music journalist biographers whose work I enjoy are Barney Hoskyns, Howard Sounes, Clinton Heylin and David Buckley (although I couldn’t get on with his Kraftwerk book that I was looking forward to) I think I actually enjoy the books written by music journalists – either compilations of their writing or specific theory books. Simon Reynolds and Nick Kent stand out here.
Anyway from now on I am intending to limit my consumption of these artefacts and only engage with the very best. With that in mind I would like your opinion on whether any of these are worth bothering with?
Cosey Fanni Tutti
Dylan Jones on Bowie
and the biography of Robert Wyatt
And also considering what I do enjoy, any other books thing else along these lines that you think I would suit me. Thanking you in advance for your kind opinions and recommendations.