Richard Barone, author of "Frontman"...

We recently asked Richard Barone. author of Frontman: Surviving The Rock Star Myth  if he had any favorite music biographies or books and if theyor had read any recently that he’d like to recommend. Here’s what the former "frontman" for the Bongos had to say:



It's not surprising that I would love Patti Smith's Just Kids, and Keith Richards' Life, both I thought were impressive and raised the bar for rock memoirs. George Martin's All You Need is Ears is a perennial, and Tony Visconti's Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn Boy is inspirational. Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones is another favorite, bright and innovative in the way it is narrated. Tommy James' Me, The Mob and the Music was also an engaging favorite of mine when it was published in 2010. These autobiographies, from authors whose musical work and careers I have admired though most of my life, completed the pictures of these larger-than-life folks for me and filled in a lot of the blanks that rock journalism could never fill. Most recently I recommend the just-published Eternal Troubadour: The Improbable Life Of Tiny Tim by Justin Martell, about one of the most truly unique personalities the music industry has ever seen, and the likes of which will never be seen again.




























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