I haven’t read it since high school, so consider this with the due weight you’d give any recommendation by an angsty teen girl, but I really loved And I Don’t Want to Live This Life, the biography of Nancy Spungen, best known as the bad news girlfriend killed by equally bad news punk rocker Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols, written by her mother.
It’s quite possibly utter tripe, but it has good reviews on Amazon. They can’t *all *be from angsty teen girls, right?
I believe it’s sort of half autobiography half fiction, but there’s always Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. If it’s anything like the movie, it’s probably about as drugged out and emotionally troubled as you’re going to get.
Jean Stein’s Edie: American Girl, dealing with the life and decline of the troubled socialite/starlet Edie Sedgwick. It’s told in a series of interviews with various people over the course of her life, which illustrates all the angles of her personality and behavior. Really fascinating and sad.
Please Kill Me is a fascinating read about the early punk scene in New York, from Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground, The Stooges and the MC5 in the 60’s to the CBGB scene in 1980. Lots of messed up, drugged out people.
Long Time Gone by David Crosby. He tells a story about wandering off stage in Philadelphia to freebase cocaine, Stills and Nash frantically trying to find him. I was at that show. In Pittsburgh. :rolleyes:
So even his memories are messed up.
I thought Tony Fletcher’s biography of Who drummer Keith Moon was very good. Moon definitely had major substance abuse problems, and Fletcher argues that he likely suffered from borderline personality disorder as well.
The book is titled Dear Boy: The Life of Keith Moon in the UK and Moon: The Life and Death of a Rock Legend in the US.
I read Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar many years ago and was very taken by it. Plath committed suicide shortly after it was published and the book itself is essentially autobiographical although in the guise of a novel.