Top 10 Music Biographies 2014

Top 10 Music Biographies 2014

1. One Direction: Who We Are: Our Official Autobiography

There’s been plenty of speculation and hear-say rumours, but for the first time ever, One Direction has released a 100% official autobiography about their journey. And it really has been an incredible one; from nervously entering The X Factor audition room as teenagers in 2010, Liam, Harry, Louis, Niall and Zayn have gone on to sell over 20 million records worldwide. Loyal fans will now be able to experience intimate and unprecedented insights; from inspirations for their song-writing to hopes for the future. The boys’ words are accompanied by never-before-seen pictures and scribbles, for a real ‘behind the scenes access’ feel.

2. Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey

Two-time BRIT Award winner Ed Sheeran is now a global success story and has had number one hits in countless countries. Here, Ed reveals his inspirations, exploring his childhood musical experiences in a first-person account. His stories include his days on the London gig circuit; touring; recording; duets with Taylor Swift and sell-out concerts at Madison Square Garden. The books takes us right up to today, including the production of his most recent album, ‘x’. All words are by Ed himself, with illustrations by Phillip Butah – his childhood friend and the man behind all artwork for Ed’s album and single covers.

3.John Lydon/Jonny Rotten: Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored

A musical hero to millions across the globe, John Lydon is best known for changing the game in pop music; firstly from the mayhem he created upon starchy mid-70s Britain with the Sex Pistols, and secondly as a free experimentalist with Public Image Ltd (PiL). The Sex Pistols has to be one of the world’s most notorious and iconic bands and, four decades later, John Lydon is still a dynamic and compelling figure – known for his controversial but honest outbursts. This book is a refreshing and mature reflection on his very full life – from the hardships of his childhood to his current status as an alternative national icon.

4. Shane Filan: My Side of Life: The Autobiography

Shane Filan was catapulted to fame back in 1998 when he became one-fifth of the boy band Westlife. The band was signed by Simon Cowell and managed by Louis Walsh and went on to sell a staggering 44 million records worldwide. Adored by screaming fans in countries across the globe, Shane recounts what then happened when Westlife split in 2012. Piling his fortunes into the Irish property boom, Shane went on to lose it all when the housing bubble eventually burst. In this very honest account, Shane explains what it was like when he was declared bankrupt just two days after Westlife’s final farewell concert, telling the true story of the ups and downs of his life.

5. Billy Idol: Dancing with Myself

Best-known for effortlessly blending his iconic punk attitude with the mainstream music scene, Billy Idol has written songs such as ‘White Wedding’ and ‘Cradle of Love’. In this original memoir, we learn about all aspects of his life; from growing up in England to his fame at the height of the punk-pop revolution. Dancing with Myself discusses the people who inspired and shaped his life, events such as his stint at Sussex University and hanging out with the Sex Pistols, and the making of some of the most ground-breaking music videos ever seen. A humorously-written and enthralling read, this book accounts Billy Idol’s creative and fascinating story.

6. Richard Coles: Fathomless Riches

The Reverend Richard Coles is the only vicar in the UK to have had a number one hit single with the Communard’s ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’. In fact, it remained at the top of the charts for a month and was the biggest selling single of the year. Now a regular host of BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live, Richard recalls his sex-drugs-and-rock-and-roll past, and the pilgrimage he took to becoming devoted to God and Christianity. This witty memoir will shock as well as console, and provides a personal insight into his transformation. Many are claiming it to be one of the most unique and page-turning life stories they’ve read in recent years.

7. Neil Young: Special Deluxe

Special Deluxe is Neil Young’s second instalment of his memoirs, and is just as compelling as the first. He openly reminisces with some incredible stories of his six decades in the music industry and his 34 studio albums. However, this is a memoir with a twist: the whole book is centred around one of Neil’s passions in life – cars. He uses all the cars he’s ever owned to produce a unique story of his life and career, demonstrating how memories are attached to things. Now an environmentalist, he also expresses regret for the impact some of his past cars must have had on the environment. This book is essential reading material for all Neil Young fans and is certainly not your average rock-star autobiography.

8. Billy Joel Biography

Acclaimed music journalist Fred Schruers takes his exclusive interviews (totalling over 100 hours) with Billy Joel and presents them in great detail. His unprecedented and intimate knowledge of the rock icon allows the reader to discover fascinating facts about all the key events that have shaped the singer’s life; including his high-profile marriages and legal battles. Schruers chronicles Billy’s working-class early years, his rise to fame, his transformation in the 1990s, his duet with Paul McCartney – and everything in between. The book is a vibrantly-written and comprehensively-detailed record of Billy Joel’s journey.

9. 5 Seconds of Summer: Hey, Let’s Make a Band!

5 Seconds of Summer sprung onto the scene with their pop-punk anthems, having relocated from Australia to London with their sights set on world domination. And they’re not doing a bad job of it: their first album reached number one on iTunes in 71 countries. This official 5SOS (as they are affectionately referred to by their fans) book tells their story – from playground antics to topping the charts around the world. The four boys from Sydney have dedicated the book to their fans, allowing them access to behind-the-scene photos and interesting facts.

10. Mick Fleetwood: Play On: Now, Then and Fleetwood Mac

Part of one of the most adored bands of all time, Mick Fleetwood has finally decided to share his story after 46 years of being on the road. This candid autobiography takes the reader through each decade of the drummer’s life – from his close friendship with George Harrison to his love affair with Stevie Nicks. Mick also discusses the creation of some ground-breaking albums, including Rumours and Tusk, and all the outrageous moments involved in the process. He describes his life events with great intimacy and honesty in this all-access biography: a must-read for any Fleetwood Mac fan.

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