Music Books due out in 2015

Love & death: the murder of Kurt CobainKurt Cobain – ‘Montage of Heck’ will be a companion book to a documentary about Cobain 21 years after his suicide and is named after a mixtape he made. The documentary has taken eight years to make and will be screened in UK cinemas after its TV broadcast in the US in May. And if you’re a fan

Love & death: the murder of Kurt Cobain by Max Wallace & Ian Halperin published last year. Did Nirvana rock icon Kurt Cobain commit suicide on that fated day in April 1994, or was he brutally murdered?

Gareth Murphy’s ‘Cowboys and Indies: The Epic History of the Record Industry’ about to be published

Grace Jones – Her memoir ‘Miss Grace Jones’ is to be published in September

Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon – ‘Girl in a Band’ due out 24 February

Patti Smith’s – ‘Just Kids’ is a memoir about her time with Robert Mapplethorpe

Bedsit disco queen: how I grew up and tried to be a pop starTracey Thorn from ‘Everything But the Girl’ has written ‘Naked at the Albert Hall’ which examines singing, stage fright etc. due out 30 April. Highly rated previous books include Bedsit disco queen: how I grew up and tried to be a pop star


Lynyrd Skynyrd ‘Whiskey Bottles and Brand-New Cars: The Fast Life and Sudden Death ofJacket Image Lynyrd Skynyrd’ by Mark Ribowsky due 1 April.

Philip Glass, composer, has written a memoir, ‘Words Without Music’ due out 2 April spanning his works and times. It will “recall his experiences working at Bethlehem Steel, travelling in India, driving a cab in 1970s New York and his professional collaborations with the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Ravi Shankar, Robert Wilson, Doris Lessing and Martin Scorsese”.

Ray Davies’ volatile relationship with his brother Dave will feature in Johnny Rogan’s biography ‘Ray Davies: A Complicated Life’ due 5 March.

Sandy Denny, brilliant singer of the British folk-rock movement in late 1960s has been written about by folk rock fan, journalist/-biographer Mick Houghton in ‘I’ve Always Kept a Unicorn: The Biography of Sandy Denny’ due out 5 March.

Finally, ‘How Soon Is Now’ by Richard King looks at independent record shops “combining memoir and elegiac music writing”.

New autobiographies and biographies

The Churchill factor: how one man made historyWatch meHere are some upcoming new celebrity biographies and autobiographies to be published this autumn which might interest you.

Boris Johnson is to bring out his study of Sir Winston Churchill later this month. The Churchill Factor, will examine both the war leader’s relationship with his father, Randolph, and the historic prime minister’s enduring standing as a political role model.

In Watch Me, Anjelica Huston’s new book which follows  her acclaimed memoir A Story Lately Told, the actress picks up the story of her battle to establish her career in the shadow of the careers of her father, the late film director John Huston, and her famous former partner, Jack Nicholson

Hockney: the biography. Volume 2, 1975-2012 by Christopher Sykes. Picking up Hockney’s story in 1975, this volume finds him flitting between Notting Hill and California, where he took inspiration for the swimming pool series of paintings; creating the acclaimed set designs for operas around the world; and embracing emerging technologies – the camera and fax machine in the 1970s and 80s, and most recently the iPad

Hockney: the biography. Volume 2, 1975-2012Getting lots of attention are Cricketer Kevin Pietersen’s KP The Autobiography  and So, Anyway by John Cleese –  The story of “how a tall, shy youth from Weston-super-Mare went on to become a self-confessed legend”, according to its publisher. This autobiography of the mighty Python charts his life from Cleese’s first public appearance at St Peter’s Preparatory School through his first encounter with Graham Chapman to international fame. Another showbiz book is

Last man standing: tales from Tinseltown by Roger Moore,  a collection of true stories from his stellar career,  lifting the lid on the movie business. It features outrageous tales from his own life as well as those told to him by a host of stars. Wonderfully entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny, this selection of tales from the world of the movies is vintage Moore at his very best

AutobiographyGeorge W Bush is writing a book about his father entitled  ’41 A Portrait of My Father’  (refers to the earlier Bush being the country’s 41st president). Due November.

Bestselling biographer Christopher Andersen has The Good Son: JFK Jr and the Mother He Loved coming out at the end of October with revelations about John Kennedy Jnr’s girlfriends and the night of his death in a plane crash on 16 July 1999.

 Barbara Leaming‘s  biography of the former first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: The Untold Story will describe Killers of the king: the men who dared to execute Charles Iher struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder following the killing.

The Red Earl by Selena Hastings  tells the story of her father, Jack Hastings, who in 1925 rebelled against his conservative background by eloping with a beautiful Italian and leaving England for Australia to become a painter. The couple then moved to an island in the South Pacific before heading back to England by way of California, where Hastings led a glamorous social life with Charles Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks.

Charles Spencer’s Killers of the king: the men who dared to execute Charles explores what happened when the Restoration arrived and retribution was brought against those who condemned the king. From the men who returned to the monarchist cause and betrayed their fellow regicides to those that fled the country in an attempt to escape their punishment, Spencer tells the incredible story of the men who dared to kill a king  In January 1649, the King of England, Charles I, was executed. He had been sentenced to death by a tribunal of 135 men and, of those, 59 signed the death warrant. In a powerful tale of revenge from a dark and little-known corner of English history.


Round up of film, TV and music biographies 2013

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Recipe for life by Mary Berry

Mary Berry: queen of British baking by A S Dagnell

The Real Mrs. Brown: the authorised biography of Brendan O’Carroll by Brian Beacom

Martin Freeman the biography by Nick Johnstone

Brucie the biography of Bruce Forsyth by Jules Stenson

Paul Hollywood: bread, buns and baking: the unauthorised biography of Britain’s best-loved baker by A S Dagnell

As luck would have it: my seven ages by Derek Jacobi

On the road growing up in eight journeys my early years by Richard Hammond

The world was my lobster my autobiography by George Cole

Under a mackerel sky: a memoir by Rick Stein

Bold as brass my story by Hilary Devey

Just a Mo by Laila Morse

My outdoor life by Ray Mears

Before the year Dot by June Brown

David Jason my life

Is it just me by Miranda Hart

Bonkers my life in laughs by Jennifer Saunders

Unbreakable by Sharon Osbourne

Camp David by David Walliams

Tales from the dance floor by Craig Revel Horwood

Bruno Tonioli my story


What fresh lunacy is this?: the authorized biography of Oliver Reed by Robert Sellers

Vivien Leigh an intimate portrait by Kendra Bean

Still foolin’ ’em by Billy Crystal

Total recall: my unbelievably true life story by Arnold Schwatzenegger

Vanished years by Rupert Everett

Ava Gardner the secret conversations by Peter Evans 


Alfie my story by Alfie Boe

Keith Richards the unauthorised biography by Victor Bockris

Benjamin Britten a life by Neil Powell

Once upon a time: the lives of Bob Dylan by Ian Bell

Harry Styles the biography by Sarah Oliver

God save the Kinks by Rob Jovanovic

Rod the autobiography by Rod Stewart

Waging heavy peace: a hippie dream by Neil Young

I’m your man: the life of Leonard Cohen by Sylvie Simmons

Without frontiers: the life and music of Peter Gabriel

Ride a white swan: lives and death of Marc Bolan by Lesley-Ann Jones

Johnny Cash the life by Robert Hilburn

Robert Plant a life by Paul Rees