Lots of musicians publish tell-all memoirs. Some tell a little more than others, like The Dirt, the collective autobiography of Motley Crue, which is a thrilling, though somewhat tawdry read. But those books are often written by ghostwriters, not the artists themselves. I recently found a copy of Woody Guthrie’s lost novel, which he wrote in 1947, but publishers only bothered with come 2013. And though it’s rarer to publish a novel instead of a memoir, he’s not the only songwriter that made the leap to literary fiction. Artists like Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith, Ben Weasel, Dr. Frank, Nick Cave and Richard Hell have all published novels as well. Sounds like a mixtape to me.
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