5 Musical True Confessions

Beastie Boys, Kim Gordon Tell Their Truth

BY: Tiffany Goldstein

Winter is officially upon us, and if you are looking for a juicy read to cuddle up to this holiday season, we got you covered! We gathered unique award-winning novels that incorporate never before seen photographs, heartfelt storylines, and compelling interviews from some of your favorite musicians. We promise these moving narratives will keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting more.

Michael Diamond and Ad-Rock: Beastie Boys Book

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Beastie Boys

The Beastie Boys was an iconic trio that shifted the way music enthusiasts viewed the hip-hop industry back in the 80s’. For 33 years, Michael Diamond (Mike D), Adam Horowitz (Ad-Rock), and the late, great Adam Yauch (MCA) were loved by critics and worshiped by fans. So it’s no surprise that the remaining members of that talented group have released a new memoir reflecting on their careers and their relationship with their dearly missed brother, Yauch. Diamond and Horovitz collaborated with Spiegel & Grau, a Random House Publishing Group to bring their voices alive and deliver spectacular stories of their hop-hop years.

According to Julie Grau from Spiegel & Grau, The Beastie Boys wanted to make a novel that everyone would enjoy. “They were Interested in challenging the form and making the book a multidimensional experience,” says Grau. The book portrays the time period and setting of New York City, when the band first started making music together. Mike D told Rolling Stone, “So New York City in the Eighties, you had all this incredible, exciting music, art, film. All of that sort of has to converge to be able to explain. We just had the good fortune of being around all of it, so I think that’s number one.”  The memoir is chock-full of memories, cultural history, and humor.

“I can say pretty confidently, it will be unlike any other music book,” says the talented Mike D. Apparently fans agree, as the book is currently sitting quite comfortably at the top of the NYTimes best-seller list.

Patti Smith: “Just Kids

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Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith

Singer-songwriter and poet, Patti Smith, brings you back to the late sixties and seventies with her book Just Kids. Her paperback is full of never-before-seen photographs and her relationship highlights with famed photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. “I wrote it because Robert asked me to…our relationship was such that I knew what he would want and the quality of what he deserved. So that was my agenda for writing the book,” says Smith. “I wrote it to fulfill my vow to him, which was on his deathbed. In finishing, I did feel that I’d fulfilled my promise.” The moving story of Just Kids was on a shortlist to become a Showtime series, but that project has been shelved for now.

Kim Gordon: Girl in a Band, A Memoir

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Kim Gordon

Girl in a Band, A Memoir, was written by former Sonic Youth member, Kim Gordon. The 80s indie darling was married to her bandmate, Thurston Moore, and the couple were the epitome of the perfect rock star couple: sexy, fashionable, successful, and, supposedly, true to each other. Kim, tall, slim, and roughly blonde, became the den mother of young, Sassy-reading wannabe rock stars who were ready to move to either NYC or Seattle to start their own bands, á la Ms Gordon.

So imagine everyone’s surprise when Thurston and Kim broke up, disbanded Sonic Youth, and became the topic of music-world gossip when it was discovered Thurston had taken up with another woman.

Never one to stay quiet or not speak her mind, Kim released her version of the torrid story in 2015. But to her credit, it’s not just a she-said/she-said on her pain surrounding the break-up. Girl in a Band is a thoughtful look back at Kim’s formidable years, crossing paths with great artistic minds and influencers, and an insider’s look at the alternative culture she was so much a part of. Ultimately, many fans will pick up the book for Kim’s searing interpretation on the ending of her marriage, but all will stay for her insightful female view on rock ‘n’ roll.

Neil Strauss: The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band

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Mötley Crüe

(Auto) biographical masterpiece, The Dirt was a collaboration between New York Times writer and author Neil Strauss and the band members of  Mötley Crüe, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Vince Neil, and Nikki Sixx. The NYTimes best seller tells the solid and compelling tale of how they became one of America’s top heavy metal bands of the ‘80s. The read is bursting with deep-dark secrets, sex, drugs, and violence. The Dirt will remain one of the best rock biographies ever written, one that rendered people speechless and stopped them dead in their tracks. If you ever wondered what rock stars do on a daily basis, this novel will satisfy your curiosity.

Billy Idol: Dancing with Myself

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Billy Idol

Rock ’n’ roll icon, Billy Idol will go down in history as MTV’s first megastar. And his 2014 autobiography, Dancing With Myself tells us exactly how he did it. The books features his step-by-step journey to fame, from his early days in UK punk band Generation X to the dance-punk-rock kingdom that he led. The novel also features sixteen pages of behind-the-scenes photos and includes chilling and heart-wrenching moments.