When the news broke that Neil Young is writing an all-encompassing memoir, it got us thinking about what other musicians — and specifically which of our favorite current indie rockers — we’d like to see compose tell-all autobiographies. Mysterious band break-ups, high-profile couplings gone awry, reclusive behavior, extensive touring, and cult childhoods exposed would all make for awesome, page-turning reads for those of us who have always been curious about the private goings-on behind the music. So, in hopes of giving our favorite potential memoirists a gentle push, we’ve complied a list of ten artists whose lives who we’d love to learn more about.
As the lead singer and main songwriter of The Strokes, Julian Casablancas was thrown into international indie-rock stardom, after the release of the band’s breakout LP Is This It. But not everything in leather jacket-clad musician’s life was sunshine and daisies. He insists that his childhood wasn’t the elitist Manhattan fantasy the press has painted it to be, and The Strokes’ life-changing transition from NYC underground to international stardom was burdened by heavy partying, which led to a two-year nose dive into alcoholism and band break-ups. While the drama seems to have cooled down — Casablancas is married to, and has children with, his former manager, and The Strokes have reunited with talks of possible future albums — he should still write that book and to set the record straight.