A lot of us connect with our emotions through music and lyrics, becoming very fond of the artists who write such profound and moving music. It’s no wonder that they write such wonderful memoirs.

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4 Memoirs by Some of Our Favorite Music Artists.
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Music has always been a big part of our society, connecting us with artists through their lyrics. I know that music has been a huge part of my life, with quite a few artists constantly on rotation on my playlists.

I think music artist’s memoirs also make for the best type of book. They allow us a glimpse into their lives and music to give us a better understanding of the process they go through, the ways they got there, and the tough road along the way.

1. A Dream About Lightning Bugs by Ben Folds

A Dream About Lightning Bugs, memoir by music artist Ben Folds
A Dream About Lightning Bugs, memoir by Ben Folds
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Ben Folds has had a lot of success as both the frontman of the band Ben Folds Five and as a solo music artist. From his early childhood in North Carolina to working in his band to becoming a solo music artist. Ben Folds’ memoir weaves an intricate tale of life lessons he’s learned along the way. Relatable and thought-provoking, Folds’ memoir is the perfect story for any music lover.

2. Moonage Daydream: The Life and Times of Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie

Music artist David Bowie's Moonage Daydream
Music artist David Bowie’s Moonage Daydream
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David Bowie was a music artist unlike any other. His alter-ego, Ziggy Stardust, also achieved monumental fame with an incredible two-year career. This memoir, in collaboration with photographer Mick Rock, looks at Ziggy Stardust’s music career with reflections from Bowie himself. This is the perfect addition to any music lover’s library, as it gives a glimpse into the unusual but brilliant world of David Bowie and Ziggy Stardust.

3. Journals by Kurt Cobain

Music artist Kurt Kobain's Journals
Music artist Kurt Kobain’s Journals
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Kurt Cobain had many ideas about his band Nirvana, fame, and the state of music, all of which he wrote into dozens of notebooks and journals. Although his death signified the end of a brilliant mind, his journals contain lyrics, drawings, and writings that give insight into the troubled music artist’s life. The voice of a generation, Cobain’s journals allow readers and music lovers to see Cobain’s process.

4. Me by Elton John

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Music artist Elton John’s Me
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Elton John is a name in music that nearly everyone recognizes. But once upon a time, he was just Reginald Dwight, a shy boy who dreamed of being a pop star. In his memoir, Me, Elton John takes us through the rocky beginnings of his career, his monumental success in changing the music industry, and his lavish lifestyle that wasn’t always as it seemed. Elton John also deals with the highs and lows of drug addiction, getting clean, and finding love in this touching memoir about one of music’s most notable names.


What is your favorite memoir by a music artist? Let us know in the comments!