The ten best music books of 2012
3. Neil Young, Waging Heavy Peace
Waging Heavy Peace is Neil Young's life, told by the only person we really want to hear it from: the man himself. From his Ontario childhood and the influence of his parents, to crazy stories of his early days performing in Canada, to his move to Los Angeles and experiences with Buffalo Springfield and CSNY, his storytelling is as uncompromising and candid as his songwriting.
2. Common, One Day It'll All Make Sense
One Day It'll All Make Sense isn't just a memoir written by a musician; it's a memoir about the things that create a full person, and how someone can come from nothing and achieve success, through personal drive, with the help of loving friends and family. As he recounts his rise to fame, Common delves into the challenges of balancing fame, love, relationships and family.
1. Pete Townshend, Who I Am
According to Pete Townshend, he planned on writing his memoir when he was 21. Now, at 67, the work of the voice of a generation has been published, and it's every bit as crazy, witty, sad and outrageous as fans would expect it to be. From smashing his first guitar, to later smashes, to drinking and doing drugs to the point of near-certain death, to helping rescue Eric Clapton from a heroin addiction, to being banned from the Holiday Inn for life, to his many inspirations and inventions, Townshend lets you into his world, no holds barred.