It’s 90 degrees outside, and that can only mean one thing. Summer has finally arrived! With all of the pool days, back yard barbecues and summer vacations comes the opportunity to catch up on some reading.
Here at the Erwin Center, we’ve been lucky enough to host hundreds of extremely talented musicians, but music is not their only talent. Many of these artists are talented writers, so we’ve put together a perfect summer reading list comprised of books written by some of our favorite performers. Whether you’re in the mood for an intimate memoir, a collection of fictional short stories or children’s series for the younger readers in the family, this list has you covered.
Chronicles, Volume One by Bob Dylan
Named by Rolling Stone as the greatest rock memoir of all time, Dylan’s autobiography is described as “an intimate and intensely personal recollection of extraordinary times.”
Gray by Pete Wentz
This debut novel from Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz is a journey inside the mind of a successful rock star and is rumored to be loosely based on Wentz’s life.
Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis
This New York Times Bestseller vividly recounts Kiedis’ entire life including his struggle with drug addiction and how that influenced his music.
The English Roses Series by Madonna
First published in 2003 as a children’s picture book, The English Roses is now a series of 12 books that follow the lives of five school girls in London.
Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream by Neil Young
In this autobiography published in 2012, Young discusses aspects of his career, family life, hobbies and non-musical pursuits.
Man in White by Johnny Cash
Cash’s only novel which was released in 1986 gives a fictionalized account of St. Paul the Apostle and his dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus.
The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Motley Crue
This collaborative autobiography, written by the members of Mötley Crüe, Neil Strauss and the “Mötley” managers chronicles the formation of the band, their rise to fame and their decadent lifestyles.
Tales from Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett
Buffett’s New York Times best-selling collection of short stories follows a cowboy named Tully Mars and all that he encounters as he heads from Heartache, Wyoming to Graceland.
Between a Heart and a Rock Place: A Memoir by Pat Benatar
One of the most popular female rockers of all time shares her story about the realities of breaking into the boys’ club of rock’n’roll and how her generation changed music forever.
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