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Biographies peer into lives of rock 'n' roll stars

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With the news that Keith Richards' memoir Life has sold a million copies, rock star bios are trending.

Bad Reputation: The Unauthorized Biography of Joan Jett (Backbeat Books) by Dave Thompson looks at the life of the punk bad girl who burst on the scene with the Runaways, burned up the charts with I Love Rock 'n' Roll at 23 and is still rocking 30 years later.

David Bowie: Starman (Little, Brown) by Paul Trynka chronicles the strange life and times of the superstar whose influence — both as a musician and as a creator of alternate identities — echoes today in the careers of artists like Lady Gaga.

Jagger: Rebel, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue (Gotham) by Marc Spitz combines carefully researched biography with cultural commentary (but no interviews with the private Rolling Stones frontman himself) to re-examine the myth of Mick.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

Biographies peer into lives of rock 'n' roll stars 09/17/11 [Last modified: Saturday, September 17, 2011 5:30am]

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