My Music Memoirs

What I'm Reading Wednesday

Ninety-nine percent of the books I read are non-fiction – autobiographies, memoirs, biographies and histories. I mainly read about the lives of musicians, actors and politicians. I have read pretty much every book ever written about Elvis Presley, including all the memoirs written by his friends, co-stars, bandmates and Priscilla. I have also read almost every book written by and about Johnny Cash, Bobby Darin and Lana Turner. I have many books written about the Kennedys (Jack, Bobby and Teddy), but I haven’t read all of them yet. I also read about the history of music and the history of the United States, particularly post-World War II America (the 1950s and 1960s), which is what my degree was in. The other one percent of the books I read are the classics such as The Great Gatsby and Catcher in the Rye. If you would like to see all the books I have read and am going to read, you can check out my page on GoodReads. It is funny because as a kid, I did not like reading at all. In fact in middle school, I chose to take French rather than Challenge Reading because I did want to do book reports. Now I love reading and have over 200 books in my Kindle waiting for me. I have read 10 books so far this year, which is really only one a month. I would like to get on pace to read one book a week, or at least two a month.

I read a lot of music memoirs and biographies, and not just from my favorites like Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin and Johnny Cash. I even read the memoirs of musicians I am not a huge fan of. I just find autobiographies very interesting, I find people’s true life stories very intriguing. I have just finished reading Chrissie Hynde’s memoir Reckless: My Life as a Pretender. Next on my music memoir list waiting for me on my kindle are Patti Smith’s M Train, John Fogerty’s Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music, Jewel’s Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story and Elvis Costello’s Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink – all released in the past month. I also have Patti Smith’s first memoir, Just Kids, to read, and Phil Collins announced his memoir will be published next October. And I still have to read Keith Richards’ Life and Woody Guthrie’s Bound for Glory – they are also waiting for me on my kindle. Earlier this year, Paste magazine published a list of the Top 20 Music Memoirs. Check it out here. I have added a few to my reading list.

About Deena 'DeenasDays' Dietrich (582 Articles)
My name is Deena Dietrich. I live in Ellicott City, Maryland with my 2 dogs Elvis and Cilla. I am making my way as a Social Media Manager, Blogger and now Author. I have written my U2 memoir 'On the Road with U2: my musical journey' (available on amazon) about the 75 (now 100) U2 shows I have been to since ZooTv and the places I’ve seen and the people I’ve met along the way. My motto is “It is better to regret something you have done, than something you haven’t.” So follow me on my journey as I pursue my passions in music and sports with Elvis, U2, Grizzlies, Broncos, LMP, NKOTB, Orioles. Please connect with me @DeenasDays on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Google+ or you can email me at

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