The best books about the stories behind the music

Margot Leitman Author Of Long Story Short: The Only Storytelling Guide You'll Ever Need
By Margot Leitman

The Books I Picked & Why

This Wheel's on Fire: Levon Helm and the Story of the Band

By Levon Helm, Stephen Davis

This Wheel's on Fire: Levon Helm and the Story of the Band

Why this book?

Levon Helm’s unflappable integrity makes him such a likable protagonist you’ll root for him as he rises up from small-town Arkansas boy to A list musician. You’ll see the salt  of the Earth underdog that he was as he recounts what happened behind the scenes at  “The Last Waltz.” This Wheel’s on Fire reads like a director’s cut commentary you can’t believe you’re privy to hearing.  


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Every Little Step: My Story

By Bobby Brown, Nick Chiles

Every Little Step: My Story

Why this book?

New Jack Swing is one of the most distinctive eras of music and is also rich with behind-the-scenes stories. Brown was there for all of it, from New Edition to his solo career to his very public marriage to Whitney Houston, “Every Little Step” weaves stories from his wild personal life with stories from his lengthy music career.


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Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me

By Pattie Boyd, Penny Junor

Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me

Why this book?

Boyd experienced an iconic era of rock n roll first hand by being a 1960s model who  married George Harrison after meeting on the set of “A Hard Day’s Night.” The stories of her marriage to Harrison and the A-list rock stars she socialized with, surely would make her the best dinner party guest ever. But if that’s not enough, the second part of the book chronicles her tumultuous marriage to Eric Clapton and ultimately ends with her learning to stand on her own. A truly moving story of strength.


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Hard to Handle: The Life and Death of the Black Crowes: A Memoir

By Steve Gorman, Steven Hyden

Hard to Handle: The Life and Death of the Black Crowes: A Memoir

Why this book?

Gorman just wanted to play the drums in a rock band and established that so well at the beginning of this book. The ups and downs he experiences as part of a successful and talented group with two feuding brothers at the forefront is jaw-dropping. Filled with rich details and vividly dramatic scenes, the reader roots so much for him to leave the security of the band behind for happiness on his own.  


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Slash

By Slash, Anthony Bozza

Slash

Why this book?

Well, no one ever said Guns N Roses was boring. Slash’s book is one that could be read in one sitting then quickly passed to a friend so you can dish the behind-the-scenes details together. Slash is a fun narrator for a story that is wild, tragic, and inspiring all at once.


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