Taking Notes: Classic Rock Biographies and Memoirs

A Listmania! list by Themis-Athena (from somewhere between California and Germany)
 
The Beatles Anthology
1.  The Beatles Anthology by The Beatles
The list author says:
  "A brick in coffee table format, this is the Beatles' story essentially from "the horses' mouths," with plenty of photos and other supporting material. An absolute must-have."
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Lennon: The Definitive Biography Anniversar: The Definitive Biography - Anniversary Edition: 20th Anniversary Edition
2.  Lennon: The Definitive Biography Anniversar: The Definitive Biography - Anniversary Edition: 20th Anniversary Edition by Ray Coleman
The list author says:
  ""Definitive" is a big word, but pretty great whichever way you phrase it, and written by a guy who knew Lennon and Clapton (see below) long before writing about them."
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I, Me, Mine: New Introduction by Olivia Harrison
3.  I, Me, Mine: New Introduction by Olivia Harrison by George Harrison
The list author says:
  "The quiet Beatle speaks! First published in 1993 but re-released after his death with a new intro by his wife; another must for any Beatles fan."
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Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now
4.  Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now by Paul McCartney
The list author says:
  "The life and times of Sir James Paul McCartney ... according to Sir James Paul McCartney. (This is NOT the official record; but then, we didn't really expect that, did we?)"
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Clapton!: an Authorized Biography
5.  Clapton!: an Authorized Biography by Ray Coleman
The list author says:
  "Clapton's authorized biography, also by Coleman (like Lennon's, above). Sometimes slammed for being a bit uncritical; I don't necessarily think so. Also includes brief excerpts from Clapton's diaries."
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Crossroads: The Life and Music of Eric Clapton: The Life and Music of Eric Clapton
6.  Crossroads: The Life and Music of Eric Clapton: The Life and Music of Eric Clapton by Michael Schumacher
The list author says:
  "A good supplement to Coleman, although I'm not sure I agree that Clapton merely followed trends instead of setting them, too. You don't have to buy into the "guitar god" thing to think THAT!"
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Stevie Ray: Soul to Soul
7.  Stevie Ray: Soul to Soul by Kerri Leigh
The list author says:
  "SRV's offical biography, authorized shortly before his death. An obvious labor of love."
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"Dire Straits"
8.  "Dire Straits" by Mike Oldfield
The list author says:
  "Not very comprehensive and only covers the band up to 1984, but almost the only thing out there that's authorized by Knopfler at all. Great photos, though, and also features an interview with MK."
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Mark Knopfler: Guitar Styles: Volume 1 (Guitar Recorded Versions)
9.  Mark Knopfler: Guitar Styles: Volume 1 (Guitar Recorded Versions) by Mark Knopfler
The list author says:
  "Apart from the above, the closest insight you get into the way the man's musical sensors work. Includes info on his guitars (although NOT the signature Strat & Martin - published too early for those)."
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Mark Knopfler: An Unauthorised Biography
10.  Mark Knopfler: An Unauthorised Biography by Myles Palmer
The list author says:
  ""Unauthorised" is the operative word here, so take it with a major grain of salt. This is based on third-party info only."
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Broken Music - A Memoir
11.  Broken Music - A Memoir by Sting
The list author says:
  "Meanwhile, Knopfler's friend Mr. Sumner shows us (and MK?!) how to tell your own story eloquently and captivatingly. Err, except for the early '80s, that is."
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"Fleetwood Mac": Rumours and Lies
12.  "Fleetwood Mac": Rumours and Lies by Bob Brunning
The list author says:
  "But for the most recent years, a fairly complete intro to the Mac's various incarnations, by their original bass player ..."
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Fleetwood: My Life and Adventures with "Fleetwood Mac"
13.  Fleetwood: My Life and Adventures with "Fleetwood Mac" by Mick Fleetwood
The list author says:
  "... and the only guy still left from the old days!  Comprehensive, great insights, and dry wit you'll instantly recognize if you've ever heard an interview with Mick Fleetwood."
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Bonnie Raitt: Still in the Nick of Time
14.  Bonnie Raitt: Still in the Nick of Time by Mark Bego
The list author says:
  "Bonnie Raitt from the L.A. suburbs to Cambridge, MA, the Delta and back, chronicled by one of America's foremost rock music journalists. Great reading."
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The Truth is...
15.  The Truth is... by Melissa Etheridge
The list author says:
  "As straightforward as her lyrics, Etheridge's memoir from childhood through the new millennium. More compelling stuff."
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Neil and Me
16.  Neil and Me by Scott Young
The list author says:
  "A father's loving biography of his legendary son."
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Crosby, Stills and Nash: The Biography
17.  Crosby, Stills and Nash: The Biography by Dave Zimmer
The list author says:
  "The authorized version on the rest of CS & N ... worth it for Henry Diltz's photos alone; but overall pretty comprehensive, even if you won't learn as much about the songs as you might like to."
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Headliners: The Eagles
18.  Headliners: The Eagles by Swenson
The list author says:
  "Far and away the best (pre-"14 year vacation") Eagles bio written to date; unfortunately incredibly difficult to come by. I so wish they'd put it back in circulation!"
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Long Run: Story of the "Eagles"
19.  Long Run: Story of the "Eagles" by Marc Shapiro
The list author says:
  "Relies primarily on secondary sources (except for an interview w. Meisner) & probably doesn't contain a lot that fans don't already know, but largely fact-based and at least a good intro for newbies."
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To the Limit: The Untold Story of the Eagles
20.  To the Limit: The Untold Story of the Eagles by Marc Eliot
The list author says:
  "Started out authorized, but Henley (who is the book's main focus) withdrew his cooperation halfway through. At most, equal parts of scandal, hype and factual info."
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Bruce Springsteen: Two Hearts, the Story
21.  Bruce Springsteen: Two Hearts, the Story by Dave Marsh
The list author says:
  "NOT all that "definitive" - essentially reunites Marsh's "Born to Run" & "Glory Days," without adding much for '87 - '03 (as if the Boss had stagnated then!), but for what it is, as good as it gets."
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Rolling with the Stones
22.  Rolling with the Stones by Bill Wyman
The list author says:
  "Rolling Stones - the inside story through 1993. Nobody could have told it like Wyman."
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According to The Rolling Stones
23.  According to The Rolling Stones by Mick Jagger
The list author says:
  "The rest of the story, as told by the band's remaining members ... err, well, actually, not quite. Still, a nice coffee table book; just bear in mind Mick & Co.'s talent for self-promotion."
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Down The Highway: The Life Of Bob Dylan
24.  Down The Highway: The Life Of Bob Dylan by Howard Sounes
The list author says:
  "Slimmer than Heylin's 800-page brick "Behind the Shades," but at 500+ pages still a pretty detailed account of Dylan's life and many complexities."
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Hendrix: Setting the Record Straight
25.  Hendrix: Setting the Record Straight by John McDermott
The list author says:
  "Insightful and evenhanded - the subtitle says it all. Finally!"
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