The ten best music books of 2012
This year, ambitious new books tackled the lives of music legends from Neil Young to Pete Townshend -- and many of these 2012 releases managed to burst through genres to offer significantly more than the average biography. We at Backbeat explored memoirs, historical surveys, ruminations on philosophy and even self-help to put together our list of the best releases of 2012. You're bound to find something you enjoy in our final favorites.
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10. Rod Stewart, Rod: The Autobiography
In Rod Stewart's new autobiography, he writes about his life for the first time, using his own words to candidly chronicle his life -- both on and off the stage -- across years of touring, three marriages and five decades as a performer. Regardless of whether they're fans, readers will appreciate Stewart's perspective in his later life, and the wisdom (however unexpected) that comes along with that.
9. Pete Seeger, Pete Seeger: In His Own Words
Pete Seeger is a musical and political icon, but he's also made his mark as a writer. His personal writings, documents and letters have been stored for years in his family barn, which is part of what makes his new autobiography so interesting. This collection comprises the most intimate portrayal of his life that readers have ever seen. From his involvement in labor movements and civil rights to his relationships with Bob Dylan and Woodie Guthrie, Seeger leaves no stone unturned.
8. Heart, Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock & Roll
Ann and Nancy Wilson, the sisters behind Heart, were some of the only women in rock and roll to write their own music and play their own instruments. They refused to let their sexuality steal the spotlight from their talent. That refusal to let themselves or their music be defined by gender paved the way for many female musicians today. In Kicking and Dreaming, the Wilson sisters worked with music biographer Charles Cross to document their childhood and early success with a focus on the strength of family bond, all while providing a unique -- and distinctly female -- take on rock and roll.
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