Cage the Gods Vocalist Peter Comerford Picks the Top Five Music-Related Autobiographies
Cage the Gods vocalist Peter Comerford is a dude who is both dedicated to his craft and a huge fan of autobiographies. Here, he combines both passions by picking his he Top Five Music-Related Autobiographies are.
Cage the Gods’ new EP, Favourite Sin, is out today in North America.
1. Life by Keith Richards, “Possibly one of the best opening chapters ever put on paper and a great snapshot into the life of the coolest rock and roll outlaw to ever live. The year is 1975, in the state of Arkansas, four tired travelers are pulled over by police officers in a brand new Chevrolet Impala loaded with drugs. With that in mind, what ensues is a story that set the precedent for rock and roll behaviour for generations to come. Keith Richards’ Life claims the top spot for me–a compelling read that somehow leaves you feeling like you’ve only scratched the surface on a lifetime of decadence in the golden era of rock and roll music.”
2. It’s So Easy (And Other Lies) by Duff McKagan, “This is probably one of the more inspirational autobiographies that I’ve read. In the early 1990′s Duff McKagan, the original bass player for one of the biggest stadium rock bands of the time, Guns N’ Roses, was heavily addicted to alcohol and cocaine. Years of drug abuse had finally taken its toll on his body when he found himself alone in a hospital bed with a burst pancreas. So close to death he finally decided to turn his life around and it’s that story that makes this book so special. It’s well crafted and interestingly written entirely by himself which actually adds an extra level of personal touch.”
3. The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx, “For me, this wins out over The Dirt by Mötley Crüe–which is also worth a mention here. Nikki Sixx’s Heroin Diaries is a very intriguing ‘year in the life of’ memoir that plays out almost like a graphic novel. Taken from his diaries dated 1986 to ’87 it documents his slow decent into drugs and addiction from a first person in-the-moment point of view. Not overly rich with content but still exciting all the same, I literally didn’t put the thing down from start to finish. How he managed to keep a diary through that period of his life I’ll never know. Chaos.”
4. U2 by U2 by U2, “This is just a very cool insight into the history of U2 in their own words. It’s a revolving collection of memories that tells the story of U2 chronologically from each member’s own perspective. It’s all intertwined to make for a very interesting informative read. What’s actually very cool to learn here is just how much passion and attention to detail these guys have to the craft of songwriting–they don’t mess around. It’s definitely worth a read for any U2 fans and music enthusiasts out there.”
5. Slash by Slash, “Excessive, loud, and unbelievably difficult to put down. I literally had this by my toilet for light reading for about a year and of course I had read the thing before, but somehow I always found something entertaining in its pages too frequent. That’s not to say it doesn’t sometimes read like a trophies room full of rock-and-roll debauchery stories, but it’s defiantly a must have. Slash is after all Slash, and what we rock and rollers like is decadence amped to Spinal Tap’s 11.”