Books to Remember Musicians Who Were Gone Too Soon

History is ripe with stories of artists, musicians, performers, and other gifted geniuses whose lives were cut short.  Nowhere is this more common than when we talk about great musicians. There are countless stories of talented musicians where we always wonder, what could they have achieved had their lives not ended in tragedy?

Music has always been important to me, but never so much as when I was in high school. Unlike a lot of my peers, I was not discovering new artists and musicians.  Instead I delved back to times before I was even born and scoured my local library for CDs and books about musicians from the past.  I used the expansive library collection of music, books, and movies about classic rock and pop musicians and bands to learn as much as I could. Unfortunately, a common theme with many of my favorite musicians from the past was their tragic life stories.

However, these life stories were always ones that made me more aware of the impact of our life choices.  These stories also moved me to appreciate the talent of others when I see it, since you never know what turns life will bring.  If you are interested in reading about musicians who were gone too soon, check out the list I have put together:

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Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing by Ann Angel (2011 Nonfiction Award winner)

Ann Angel examines the life and music of Janis Joplin, a rock singer who rose to fame in the sixties.  Angel takes the reader through the ups and downs of Joplin’s life and gives an intimate look at her personality and the self destructive behavior that led to an early death due to heroin overdose at 27 years old. Continue reading Books to Remember Musicians Who Were Gone Too Soon