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Ever since Bob Dylan’s Chronicles: Volume One hit the shelves in 2004, a flurry of musicians have published memoirs seeking to emulate this new and improved version of the celebrity tell-all.
In the past, the musician’s memoir was notoriously scandal-fueled, full of shocking revelations about sex, drugs, and money. These new autobiographies leave that stereotype behind. Musicians are artists after all, and their memoirs transcend the genre, becoming works of art in their own right.
Everyone from Cyndi Lauper to Jay-Z has published a memoir recently, so to help you navigate all of the options, here is a selection of some of the best memoirs by musicians.