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10 Best Music Biographies in the UK 2022

A good music biography (or autobiography) will generally follow the same plot: dreams of taking to the biggest stage, performing in empty bars, a taste of success and then, undoubtedly, the comedown before the artist finds inner peace — or becomes bankrupt! The archetypal rags-to-riches tale can be inspirational to read, but if you fancy something different then you may need to do a bit more research before buying.


So, how do you find the perfect biography to keep you enthralled? To help you decide, we’ve put together a straightforward buying guide as well as a list of the best music-related books of all time. Our picks cover a range of artists in a variety of genres, from contemporary rappers to classic rockstars, and many are conveniently available in eBook or audiobook format. As always, you can buy our recommendations right now from Amazon and eBay!

  • Last updated: 04-04-2022
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How to Choose a Music Biography in the UK — Buying Guide

Before you dive into buying a book, it’s worth thinking about how to choose a suitable tome. In this section we’ll run through how to decide who to read about, the biography vs autobiography debate, and why photographs can enhance your reading experience.

Would You Rather Read Your Favourite Musician’s Life Story or Learn About a New Artist?

Would You Rather Read Your Favourite Musician’s Life Story or Learn About a New Artist?

First up, you’ll want to decide who to read about. Most people will opt for buying a book about an artist or a genre that they’re already familiar with. For example, if you’re a big fan of a band such as The Beatles, reading about their personal lives or their artistic process will be incredibly interesting. Plus, you'll have loads of cool anecdotes to share with your friends and family!


Some super fans may find that reading about the same stars and genres can become stodgy though, so we recommend taking a step outside your comfort zone. Heard a chart-topping track by a new rapper and feeling curious about their origins? Check out their latest book and you'll definitely be enlightened as well as entertained!

Decide Between an Biography or an Autobiography — Each Will Have a Different Perspective

Decide Between an Biography or an Autobiography — Each Will Have a Different Perspective

Next, you’ll want to consider whether to buy a biography or an autobiography. While the title of this article is music biographies, these two terms are generally used interchangeably so we want to explore both in this section.


A biography is a book about an artist’s life that's penned by someone else. This style of book offers a broader perspective of the musician's life and work, as the author can take a step back and see the bigger picture of specific events. However, you’re unlikely to find many exciting revelations, which is what many of us secretly hope for when we read books about celebs!


On the other hand, an autobiography is written by the musician themselves, so it usually covers everything — warts and all! Sometimes the story can be hampered with unnecessary details though, and you might find that you start to dislike the person once you get inside their head. Remember the old saying that we should never meet our heroes? Reading their autobiography can have the same effect!

Photographs and Illustrations Can Enhance Your Reading Experience

Photographs and Illustrations Can Enhance Your Reading Experience

When it comes to music biographies and autobiographies, photographs are a valuable addition that can really enhance your reading experience. These images may depict our heroes posing in their dorky school uniform or on holiday with their families. Not only do they give us a chuckle, but they provide us with an insight into their personal life.


Sometimes, a book will feature illustrations instead of photographs. These can be used to show the creation process of extravagant stage costumes or might be a musician's personal sketches from their time on tour.

Top 10 Best Music Biographies in the UK

Now that you’ve had a little think about what you might fancy reading, it’s time to take a look at some of the best music books that money can buy. Our list features artists from a range of different decades and genres, so we’re confident there’ll be something to pique your interest!

10
GenreRock, pop, singer-songwriter
Biography/ AutobiographyAutobiography
Photographs or Illustrations IncludedYes
Formats AvailablePaperback, eBook, audiobook
Number of Pages416
9

Ben WesthoffOriginal Gangstas: Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and the Birth of West Coast Rap

£10.20

GenreHip hop, gangsta rap, G-funk
Biography/ AutobiographyBiography
Photographs or Illustrations Included-
Formats AvailablePaperback, hardback, eBook, audiobook
Number of Pages433
8

Kim GordonGirl in a Band: A Memoir

£8.19

GenreAlternative, noise rock, post-punk
Biography/ AutobiographyAutobiography
Photographs or Illustrations IncludedYes
Formats AvailablePaperback, hardback, eBook, audio CD
Number of Pages288
7

Anthony Kiedis and Larry SlomanScar Tissue

£7.15

GenreAlternative, funk rock, rap rock
Biography/ AutobiographyAutobiography
Photographs or Illustrations IncludedYes
Formats AvailablePaperback, eBook, audiobook
Number of Pages480
6

Dave GrohlThe Storyteller

£10.00

GenreAlternative, grunge, stadium rock
Biography/ AutobiographyAutobiography
Photographs or Illustrations IncludedYes
Formats AvailableHardcover, eBook, audiobook
Number of Pages384
5

Gucci Mane and Neil Martinez-BelkinThe Autobiography of Gucci Mane

£6.99

GenreHip hop, trap
Biography/ AutobiographyAutobiography
Photographs or Illustrations Included-
Formats AvailablePaperback, eBook, audiobook
Number of Pages304
4

Mariah Carey and Michaela Angela DavisThe Meaning of Mariah Carey

£10.00

GenrePop, R&B, hip hop
Biography/ AutobiographyAutobiography
Photographs or Illustrations IncludedYes
Formats AvailableHardback, eBook, audiobook
Number of Pages368
3

Hunter DaviesThe Beatles: The Only Ever Authorised Biography

£11.65

GenreRock, pop
Biography/ AutobiographyBiography
Photographs or Illustrations Included-
Formats AvailablePaperback, eBook, audiobook
Number of Pages544
2

The RZAThe Tao of Wu

£9.66

GenreHip hop, rap
Biography/ AutobiographyAutobiography
Photographs or Illustrations IncludedNo
Formats AvailablePaperback, hardback, eBook
Number of Pages224
1

Keith Richards and James FoxLife

£8.99

GenreRock 'n' roll, blues
Biography/ AutobiographyAutobiography
Photographs or Illustrations IncludedYes
Formats AvailablePaperback, eBook, audiobook
Number of Pages564

Compare the Best Music Biographies

Image
1
Keith Richards and James Fox Life 1

Keith Richards and James Fox

2
The RZA The Tao of Wu 1

The RZA

3
Hunter Davies The Beatles: The Only Ever Authorised Biography 1

Hunter Davies

4
Mariah Carey and Michaela Angela Davis The Meaning of Mariah Carey 1

Mariah Carey and Michaela Angela Davis

5
Gucci Mane and Neil Martinez-Belkin The Autobiography of Gucci Mane 1

Gucci Mane and Neil Martinez-Belkin

6
Dave Grohl The Storyteller 1

Dave Grohl

7
Anthony Kiedis and Larry Sloman Scar Tissue 1

Anthony Kiedis and Larry Sloman

8
Kim Gordon Girl in a Band: A Memoir 1

Kim Gordon

9
Ben Westhoff Original Gangstas: Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and the Birth of West Coast Rap 1

Ben Westhoff

10
Elton John Me 1

Elton John

Name

Life

The Tao of Wu

The Beatles: The Only Ever Authorised Biography

The Meaning of Mariah Carey

The Autobiography of Gucci Mane

The Storyteller

Scar Tissue

Girl in a Band: A Memoir

Original Gangstas: Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and the Birth of West Coast Rap

Me

Features

The Ultimate Autobiography From the Greatest Living Rockstar

Engaging, Enlightening and Inspiring

The Best Book About the Fab Four

A Tell-All Memoir of Triumphs and Troubles

As Entertaining and Hypnotising as the Man Himself

The Chronicles of the Nicest Guy in Rock 'N' Roll

Nothing Short of a Roller-Coaster

Honest and Raw, Just Like Her Art

Learn About the Origins of Gangsta Rap

Sit Down One-On-One With the Rocketman

Price£8.99£9.66£11.65£10.00£6.99£10.00£7.15£8.19£10.20£4.99
GenreRock 'n' roll, bluesHip hop, rapRock, popPop, R&B, hip hopHip hop, trapAlternative, grunge, stadium rockAlternative, funk rock, rap rockAlternative, noise rock, post-punkHip hop, gangsta rap, G-funkRock, pop, singer-songwriter
Biography/ AutobiographyAutobiographyAutobiographyBiographyAutobiographyAutobiographyAutobiographyAutobiographyAutobiographyBiographyAutobiography
Photographs or Illustrations IncludedYesNo-Yes-YesYesYes-Yes
Formats AvailablePaperback, eBook, audiobookPaperback, hardback, eBookPaperback, eBook, audiobookHardback, eBook, audiobookPaperback, eBook, audiobookHardcover, eBook, audiobook Paperback, eBook, audiobookPaperback, hardback, eBook, audio CDPaperback, hardback, eBook, audiobook Paperback, eBook, audiobook
Number of Pages564224544368304384480288433416
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More Brilliant Reads for Your Bookshelf

More Brilliant Reads for Your Bookshelf

Reading is a great way to unwind, especially if you've been staring at a screen all day! Check out more of our favourite books below for inspiration, from celebrity-authored non-fiction to novels that you can read in a weekend.

Summary

So there you have it, our comprehensive guide to finding the best music biography or autobiography around. We truly believe that in the pages of the books on our list, there are enough enthralling stories to keep almost anyone entertained!

Author: Lewis Clark

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