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February 19th, 2014
If you’re one of the young folks enjoying Reading Week right now, have you even picked up a book yet? C’mon now, you can’t spend your entire week off school playing Candy Crush and binge-watching Netflix. It’s only Hump Day so here are some good artist biographies to read for the rest of the week.
Jay Z, Decoded
Dig deep into Shawn Carter’s mind and discover how he came to be such a rap genius. From music to business to society, the Jigga Man decodes it all very eloquently. Even if you’re not a big fan of rap music, reading this book will leave you with nothing but respect for the player and the game.
Anthony Keidis, Scar Tissue
You may have seen him perform with Bruno Mars at the Super Bowl and thought “damn, homebody looks good!” but there’s more to the lead singer of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers than being a beefcake. It’s a brutally honest memoir of Anthony’s life in L.A, including chapters on the California punk scene, his issues with drugs and alcohol, and the many, many, many women he bed. To call this book juicy is an understatement.
Lance Bass, Out of Sync
If you’re more of a pop-fanatic than a metal head, this book is up your alley. In the most obviously titled book, Lance writes about the troubles of coming out of the closet while a part of the world’s biggest pop group, N Sync. Lance is known for being a pretty private guy, but in this book, he really opens up and lets his true colours show.
Victoria Beckham, Learning to Fly
Another great pop read comes from Posh Spice. Victoria dishes on her lonely childhood and how she morphed form an ugly duckling into an international superstar (1/5 of the Spice Girls and 1/2 of the biggest power couple, holla!). It’s worth noting that Victoria handles her most insecure moments and failures into adulthood with dignity and grace. You may think she’s a snooty fashionista, but there’s more to Posh than meets the eye, as you’ll find out with this book.
Keith Richards, Life
The long-awaited and really, really, really long autobiography of one of the founding members of the Rolling Stones is not for the faint at heart. I mean, after all, he is the dude who allegedly kicked his heroin addiction by having all his blood transfused in Switzerland. The 576 page book includes rare and intimate photos as well as a chapter lamenting Keith’s rocky relationship with lead singer Mick Jagger. Incredibly unapologetic and incredibly entertaining.
You definitely have to be a fan of the Smiths to appreciate Moz’s candid memoir, which covers everything from his birth to present day. Many people label Morrissey as “mad” or “an asshole” or “cranky” which he certainly can be at times, but in this book you get nothing but the cold, hard truth about what it was like fronting one of the most highly regarded bands from the U.K.
Ke$ha, My Beautiful Crazy Life
Much like her reality show, My Beautiful Crazy Life is basically a way for fans to know the real Ke$ha, a.k.a. Kesha Rose Sebert. The singer’s life isn’t as glamorous as everyone thinks it is. It’s a short book, albeit a very colourful and intricate one that any fan would enjoy. This book is almost as good as seeing her live in concert.Tweet