5 Musical Memoirs To Make You Feel Like A Rock Star

Whether you reckon you'd be in the band or with the band, these books will have you wishing life was just a bit more rock and roll these days...

Daisy Jones and the Sixth - Taylor Jenkins Reid

by Alexandra Heminsley |

Ever wondered what it would be like to be in the band (or with the band)? Then read on. From Taylor Jenkins Reid's new oral history of the Six to David Hepworth's Uncommon People, read on for some total escapism...


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Daisy Jones and the Six - Taylor Jenkins Reid (Hutchinson)
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Told as an oral history of one of the 1970s' most iconic bands, this is the story of Daisy Jones. She starts as just another LA groupie before discovering her voice, her sexuality and then the red-hot glow of global fame. From the knowing tone of the 'biographer' to the lyrics of the band's bestselling album, this novel feels so real that you're tempted to hit YouTube for live footage. It's as if a woman wrestled the narrative from Almost Famous, drenched it in sunshine, sex and tequila, then left it for us to read on a rainy Sunday...and other books for when you want to feel like you've slept with a rock star

Uncommon People - The Rise and Fall of Rock Stars - David Hepworth (Black Swan)
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If anyone knows rockstars it's Hepworth, one-time editor of both Smash Hits and Q. This look at the strange species of celebrity and how they made us mortals feel is bursting with wit, insight and juicy anecdotes. Sure, it's a little blokey, but then so was so much of rock 'n' roll.

Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys - Viv Albertine (Faber)
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The combination of sincerity, punk and exquisite writing might seem an unlikely one but this memoir from the Slits' guitarist has all three. It perfectly captures the headiness of an iconic music era, as well as the intense vulnerability of being a successful woman in a world of male rock stars

Another Planet: A Teenager In Suburbia - Tracey Thorn (Canongate)
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Switching between the diaries of her teen years in suburban Hertfordshire dreaming of boys, music and freedom and her return there in 2016, this is a fascinating, inspiring and appropriately melancholy look at how everything and yet nothing has changed about being a teenager with eyes on the big city.

How to Be Famous - Caitlin Moran (Ebury)
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Moran's second novel sees the return of Johanna Morrigan, and this time she's left home and she's in 1990s Camden. Like a randy highwayman, Moran's alter ego makes the most of Britpop, boys and a cracking pseudonym. It's so much fun it's like giddy time-travelling twenty five years across London.

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