Books

Top 10 Rock Tell-All Autobiographies

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Joey Kramer's recent book, Hit Hard, is a good window into the life of the timekeeper behind Aerosmith. You also find out how much of an asshole Steven Tyler was to the drummer early on in the band's formation, and Kramer's own coke addiction is a prominent motif.

Patti Smith's recent Just Kids is up for a National Book Award next week. The book traces her early career and her friendship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, and should be an excellent gift for the sullen teenage girl in your family who needs a fire lit under their creative melting pot.

Some make you become obsessed with the supposed depravity of the author for years on end, until you grow up and realize that it's probably not all that true and was a part of a marketing scheme, like Marilyn Manson's Long Hard Road Out of Hell. It's still entertaining, if not a little comical now.

What are your favorites? Here are ours.

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