9:30 Coffee Break: Autobiographical Musicians

Autobiography
"Autobiography", photo by Jo Christian Oterhals. A number of musicians have published books about their lives. (Jo Christian Oterhals - Creative Commons)

As Kim Gordon's memoir, Girl in a Band, sits at No. 2 in this week's New York Times bestseller list, Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney has announced her autobiography, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, will come out on Oct. 27 of this year.

Brownstein has said the book ends at about the point Sleater-Kinney went on hiatus in 2006. The book doesn't include much about Brownstein's work on Portlandia; given that timeline, it also doesn't include mention of the reunited Sleater-Kinney.

But when it comes to books, Gordon and Brownstein are not alone as musicians who have written autobiographies. A number of artists have committed first-person accounts of their lives and careers to the printed page.

So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs by artists who have written autobiographies would you like to hear? Send us your requests.

Songs Played


Mike Doughty - "Looking at the World From the Bottom of the Well"
(The Book of Drugs)

The Runaways - "Cherry Bomb"

(Cherie Currie, Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway)

The Rolling Stones - "Jumpin Jack Flash"

(Keith Richards, Life)

Eels - "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" (in-studio Prince cover)>

(Mark Oliver Everett, Things the Grandchildren Should Know)

The Smiths - "The Boy With the Thorn in His Side"

(Morrissey, Autobiography)

The Beach Boys - "Wouldn't it Be Nice"

(Brian Wilson, Wouldn't it be Nice)

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