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Suzette Grosen - October 13 2020

Our Favourite Books, October 2020

We all love to follow celebrities. And we’re always curious as to how they achieved superstardom; where did they come from? What motivated them? What problems did they face? What controversies surrounded their successes and failures?

As if they know how to fuel our curiosity, famous artists often compile memoirs in the form of remarkable pieces of writing, providing a gateway into their world of fame and fortune, which is often not as glamorous and convenient as it may seem on the outside.

So this month, we've decided to share with you our favorite memoirs and autobiographies. Grab a cup of coffee and settle down in your favorite armchair for a chance to relive and re-discover the journeys of some notoriously famous individuals through their very own accounts. 

The Dirt, Neil Strauss

The Dirt, Mötley Crue

About the book
The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band is an outrageous and legendary autobiography of the band Mötley Crüe. What makes it all the more interesting and believable is the fact that it is a collaborative insight by the band's members, namely Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Vince Neil, and Nikki Sixx, in collaboration with New York Times writer Neil Strauss.

Published originally in 2001, the book features stories about how the band was formed, their notorious upswing to fame, and all the highs and lows in between. To add to the chronicles, John Corabi (One time member), Doug Thaler (Co-Manager) Doc McGhee (Former Band Manager) and Tom Zutaut (A&R man) have also included their recollections.

The book also features more than a hundred photographs showcasing some of the most exciting, vulnerable, and monumental moments in the band's personal and professional lives.

Why we recommend it
Whether you're a fan of Mötley Crüe or are simply into rock and roll, The Dirt provides a transparent glimpse into the world of backstage scandals, celebrity affairs, drug addictions, and most of all, eternal music. Critics have cited it as 'the most in-depth account of the amazing and utterly revolting perils and pleasures of rock and roll.

“I understood then why rock stars have such big egos: from the stage, the world is just one faceless, shirtless, obedient mass, as far as the eye can see.”

White Line Fever, Lemmy Kilmister

White Line Fever, Lemmy Kilmister

About the book
Lemmy - Ian Fraser Kilmister’s White Line Fever is the 2002 autobiography about the the founder of the band Motörhead, and undoubtedly the most over-sexed and drunk hustle freak ever to take the helm of the music industry.

Born in 1945 on Christmas Eve, Lemmy learned early on that chicks actually did dig dudes with guitars. Taking inspiration from the likes of Elvis and Buddy Holly, Lemmy was quick to outgrow and surpass the local bands in Wales. He opted instead to go to Manchester to experience, first-hand, everything he could in the world of rock and roll music.

And the decision changed his life forever.

Why we recommend it 
White Line Fever will take you on a truly entertaining and eye-opening journey of a man who always remained true to his music, but also to his desires. Sometimes outrageous and sometimes sensitive, the book is an entertaining ride about the leading-man of the brashest rock band that has ever existed.

“People don’t become better when they’re dead; you just talk about them as if they are.”

I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic, David Lagercrantz

I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic, David Lagercrantz

About the book
Zlatan Ibrahimovich is among the world's most skilled football strikers. Captain of his native Sweden, Zlatan has played for all of Europe's best teams, including Barcelona, Ajax, Milan, Juventus, Internazionale, and, most recently, Paris Saint-Germain, where he became the highest goal scorer.
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I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the critically-acclaimed memoir of this notorious and gifted football sensation, as narrated by David Lagercrantz. Having established its place among some of the best-selling autobiographies, the book takes you on a journey into the honest, funny, and sometimes dreary world of the somewhat self-entered and boastful Swedish striker.

Why we recommend it
Casually narrating stories from his childhood and how he achieved superstardom, the book is a must-read for those looking for an insight into the fascinating world of football and the various personalities that a budding player encounters on his journey from a rookie to a professional athlete. 

“An injured Zlatan is a properly serious thing for any team.”

We hope you enjoy our compilation of some of the most riveting and engaging autobiographies for you to dive into this month. What are some of your favorite autobiographies? Comment and share your list of favorites!

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