A Heartbeat and a Guitar: Johnny Cash and the Making of Bitter Tears is an entertaining and enlightening book by Antonino D’Ambrosio. Originally published in 2009, the book digs into the rather unusual but powerful collaboration of Johnny Cash and folksinger Peter La Farge. The two musician worked together and released an album in 1964 entitled Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian. It was a quite controversial album at the time because it sounded the unfair and harsh treatment against native Americans.
Originally released in 2007, Slash Autobiography chronicles the journey of Saul “Slash” Hudson from his early childhood, his rock stardom era with Guns N’ Roses, until life after the band broke up. Co-written by Anthony Bozza, Slash reveals untold stories from his point of view. Many of those stories are from or related with the massive success of Guns N’ Roses and the outrageous lifestyle that came with it. Some of those stories might sound too much or a bit over the to. However, as the biography tagline says: “It seems excessive, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.”
Delivering a mind-boggling true story of a most wanted con man, Catch Me if You Can by Frank W Abagnale is an outrageous and uproarious semi-autobiography. Co-written by Stan Redding, the book chronicles Frank’s notorious “adventure” during his younger years when he conned numerous people and cashed $2.5 million worth of bad checks.
Rock music lovers, keen guitar players, and passionate Black Sabbath fans must read the book Iron Man by Tony Iommy. Co-written with T.J. Lammers, it is a priceless autobiography revealing the life of one the most legendary guitar players. It sheds some light on his brilliant music, tales of drugs, Satanism, wild groupies surrounding him.
Classic journal of a classic era, I’m With the Band by Pamela Des Barres is a marvelous memoir by a former groupie. The book presents a lucid perspective on the heydays of rock and roll and how mad being a music fan can be.
It’s undeniable that Ozzy Osbourne is a rock legend. For some people, he is even a rock god! After so many years of craziness and success, the vocalist of Black Sabbath revealed his magnificent life journey. Together with author Chris Ayres, he delivered his brilliant and candid memoir (biography): I Am Ozzy (PDF).