We recently learned that Carrie Brownstein — of Portlandia, but more importantly, Sleater-Kinney/Wild Flag fame — has signed a deal with Riverhead Books and is working on a memoir. We’re psyched, of course, and ready for a hilarious take on the ’90s riot grrrl scene and its transition into alt rock and indie punk. But the news also got us thinking about some of our favorite existing music memoirs, written by everyone from Throwing Muses frontwoman Kristin Hersh to folk superhuman Woody Guthrie (but we’re leaving out Just Kids, because we’ve talked about it so much here that we assume you’ve already read it). We can only hope Brownstein’s turns out to be as good as some of these, but knowing her, it probably will. Click through to check out our ten favorite memoirs by musicians, and let us know if we’ve missed any of your own favorites in the comments!
Rat Girl, Kristin Hersh
As the now-cult Throwing Muses were getting their start in dive bars and tiny clubs, lead singer Kristin Hersh found herself in another whirlwind entirely: she was diagnosed as bipolar and, as the band was recording its first album, found herself pregnant. In Rat Girl, she holds nothing back, whether about herself or the world she immersed herself in, and her prose is as fidgety and ecstatic, filled with surreal description and bright and black colors all smashed together.