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Behind the Music: 9 Great Rock Bios That Turn It up to 11

BillyIdol_Guitar400_optIf you missed out on the early days of punk, the heyday of ’70s rock or the fabled ’80s Manchester music scene, you can relive those heady times thanks to new bios by legendary musicians who were at the heart of it all. Flash back to the ’80s with new memoirs from Billy Idol, Morrissey, and Cyndi Lauper, read about the ego clashes between the Goth Godfathers of Bauhaus, or choose sides with dueling bios from former New Order and Joy Division bandmates Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook.

Want more band drama? Joe Perry’s book Rocks details his often troubled relationship with Aerosmith, especially frontman Steven Tyler. Or you might enjoy some gorgeous new coffee table books: Blondie’s Chris Stein showcases his photos of the ’70s d0wntown New York City scene, while Jimmy Page shares personal photos of his days with one of the biggest bands in the world, Led Zeppelin.

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