6 Must-Read Music Memoirs for the Rock Star in Your Life
Some people are notoriously difficult to shop for. If you've already exhausted all of your gifting options to no avail, there's no better time to entertain the option of books—the other gift that keeps on giving. Thankfully, this fall boasts an assortment of gripping memoirs penned by some of the most well-known rock stars in the game, from Brian Wilson to Bruce Springsteen (and, for the tween in your life, Zayn Malik).
Below, six titles that you'll want to curl up with as you periodically take breaks to binge-watch live performances on YouTube.
I Am Brian Wilson by Brian Wilson
For those unfamiliar with Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys frontman has a fascinating story. From pushing the boundaries of rock music to his long struggle with mental illness—and his controversial relationship with clinical psychologist Eugene Landy—he recounts the ups and downs of his life with candor.
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
Those who've been lucky enough to see Springsteen and the E Street Band live will attest that this memoir is the literary equivalent of their lengthy concerts, in which The Boss seamlessly translates his stage voice to discuss the intricate thought processes behind some of his most well-known songs.
18 and Life on Skid Row by Sebastian Bach
Whether or not you were a fan of Skid Row, it's impossible not to be entertained by the lead singer's debaucherous life on the road and—who could forget?—his recurring role on Gilmore Girls.
Set the Boy Free by Johnny Marr
The former Smiths guitarist details his ascent from humble working-class beginnings in northwest England to meeting Morrissey and dominating the '80s indie music scene.
Not Dead Yet by Phil Collins
In this tell-all, the British singer recalls touring with Genesis and the challenges of balancing a demanding career with familial duties (for those who don't know, he's the father of actress Lily Collins).
Zayn by Zayn
A lot of people have speculated why Zayn Malik left One Direction, and the 23-year-old singer attempts to answer any and all lingering questions in this personal account of a major turning point in his career, complete with song lyrics, drawings, and personal photos.