8 Essential books written by musicians

Life by Keith Richards

Keith Richards' 2010 memoir is a must-read rock autobiography. Filled with wild stories from his time with the Rolling Stones, it also delves into his battles with substance use and his relationship with Mick Jagger.

Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle

John Darnielle, known for The Mountain Goats, is also an acclaimed author. His debut novel, "Wolf in White Van," received critical acclaim and a National Book Award nomination.

How Music Works by David Byrne

David Byrne's "How Music Works" offers an insightful look into the mind of one of the world's most creative artists, exploring the intricacies of music and culture.

Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon

Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon shares her life story in "Girl in a Band." This memoir covers her California upbringing, Sonic Youth career, and tumultuous marriage with Thurston Moore.

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Patti Smith's 2010 memoir, "Just Kids," won the National Book Award. It details her relationship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe and fulfills a promise to tell their story.

Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis

Red Hot Chili Peppers' frontman Anthony Kiedis recounts his life and struggles with substance abuse in his 2004 memoir "Scar Tissue," a tough but compelling read.

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby's 1995 novel "High Fidelity" is a cult favorite among music fans. It's a nostalgic look at the mixtape era, later adapted into a film starring John Cusack.