BEYOND COPIOUS DRUGS AND COUNTLESS SEXUAL ADVENTURES: Elvis, Leonard Cohen, and The Smiths

Have you ever stumbled upon an unending soliloquy to sex and drugs, as if Jackass: The Movie had somehow morphed into Jackass: The Rock Bio whereby celebrated musicians vie for salacious notoriety in a pseudo-literary rock memoir?

Dissipation thankfully is not illumination.

Whatever happened to trenchant explorations of a complex life? Visionary musicians are artists who struggle to compose compressed aural narratives that viscerally depict human experience, and by doing so rightly deserve nuanced and multifaceted portrayals, something on the order of: The Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley; I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen; and A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of the Smiths. Other noteworthy examples include Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain and Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix.

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