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April 3, 2012 at 3:33 PM

4 great music biographies

Seattle Times book editor Mary Ann Gwinn writes:

Last week, author Kent Hartman was in town talking about “The Wrecking Crew” — a terrific book about 1960s-era session musicians who backed everyone from The Monkees to Simon and Garfunkel. Hartman spoke to Terry Tazioli, host of “”Well Read,” a new program about books and authors that airs Tuesdays on at 6:30 p.m. on KBTC (Tacoma Public Television) and at 7 and 10 p.m. on TVW, the state’s public-access television station.

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I’m a regular guest on the show, and Hartman’s book got me thinking about great music biographies — including, but not limited to, the four listed below. For reviews, click on the titles:

1. “Life,” by Keith Richards.

2. “Just Kids,” by Patti Smith.

3. “Room Full of Mirrors,” by Charles R. Cross.

4. “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead – The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon” by Crystal Zevon.

What’s your favorite music bio? Leave a comment to share it with other readers.

Hear me talk about the biographies listed above on this week’s episode of “Well Read.” Here’s my segment, below, but you can also view the whole show here — or tune in tonight.

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