4 Great Audio Musical Biographies That Tell the Stories Behind Your Favorite Artists


4 Great Audio Musical Biographies That Tell the Stories Behind Your Favorite Artists

Musician biographies have long captivated readers, offering intimate glimpses into the lives of some of the world’s most iconic artists. These books pull back the curtain on the creative processes, personal struggles, and triumphant moments that shape the music we love. The promise of authentic narratives has drawn fans into the genre, propelling its growth. According to Billboard, the second half of 2023 alone saw the release of at least 31 different biographies detailing the lives of musicians, including Amy Winehouse, Melissa Etheridge, Snoop Dogg, and Barbra Streisand.

While most biographies are available in traditional book format, if you prefer an aural experience to accompany your music listening, then audiobooks are the way to go. Having all of your favorite music and books in one device can be a convenient way to enjoy the best of both worlds, especially when you’re on the go. Plus, many of these artist biographies are narrated by well-known actors, like Michelle Williams for Britney Spears’ memoir, or the artists themselves, as Dolly Parton did for her own audiobook.

Buying individual books can also be costly for both funds and shelf space. Fortunately, music enthusiasts who want to read or listen to an array of different artists’ biographies don’t have to break the bank. Everand makes it easier than ever for fans to dive into the stories behind their favorite artists. Instead of purchasing individual titles and waiting in line at the bookstore, you can get instant access to thousands of ebooks and audiobooks on Everand for an affordable monthly fee. The musician biographies available in the digital library include Britney Spears’ The Woman in Me, Dave Grohl’s The Storyteller, and more.

Here are 4 of our favorite artist audiobook biographies that you can access with a subscription to Everand. 

The Woman In Me - Britney Spears

The release of Britney’s highly anticipated biography came at the heels of the widely publicized termination of her conservatorship, and she quickly climbed bestseller lists upon its release.

Spears’ memoir takes us on a journey, recounting her meteoric rise to fame, the ups and downs of her career, and how all her experiences have shaped the woman she is today. Many of the details are heartbreaking yet empowering as she was able to tell her own narrative, especially after years of being stripped of her autonomy. The audiobook version is narrated by five-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams and was reported to be the fastest-selling audiobook in the publisher Gallery Books’ history. With five and a half hours of listening time, it’s an easily digestible but insightful work that sheds light on the pop star’s life in the spotlight.

Songteller: My Life in Lyrics - Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton’s career spans over six decades, making her one of the most beloved figures in country music. Known for her distinctive voice, songwriting prowess, and larger-than-life persona, Partson’s impact extends beyond music into philanthropy and pop culture. Songteller captures the essence of this glittering career and since it’s narrated by Parton herself, it’s a must-listen for fans. Unlike your typical biography, this memoir is a full-on production, combining songs and stories performed by the author herself. Parton’s storytelling is as colorful and engaging as her music, filled with anecdotes about her experiences in the entertainment industry and the inspiration behind lyrical masterpieces. 

Traveling: On the Path of Joni Mitchell - Ann Powers

In this biography, NPR music critic Ann Powers takes an outsider approach detailing the life of Joni Mitchell, a pioneering force in the folk and rock genre. Weaving together interviews, critical analyses, and a bit of her own story, Powers explores how Mitchell navigates an industry dominated by men. In doing so, readers are treated to an in-depth look at the folk artist’s career. Narrated by award-winning voice actor Hillary Huber, the audiobook traces her journey from her childhood in Canada to her rise as a seminal figure who inspired peers and musicians like James Taylor and Brandi Carlile. Along the way, it also sheds light on how Mitchell’s path to success simultaneously shaped popular music as a whole. The audiobook is a bit of a longer listen at 14 and a half hours, but it’s worth the time if you want a closer look at one of the industry’s trailblazers.

The Storyteller - Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl’s transition from the drummer of Nirvana to the frontman of the Foo Fighters has cemented his status as a rock legend. First published in 2021, The Storyteller chronicles his early days in Virginia, the challenges he and his bandmates faced following Kurt Cobain’s passing, and brushes with other music legends. Grohl’s writing is reflective and humorous, capturing the spirit of a musician who has lived through some of rock’s most significant moments. And because Grohl narrates the audiobook himself, you can hear all about this legendary era from the man himself.In late 2023, an expanded version of  was released. The expanded book version includes a special playlist curated by Grohl, which was previously exclusive to the audiobook,  and a variety of additional never-before-seen content. 

Whether you’re a die-hard fan or a casual listener, these four biographies offer valuable insights and compelling stories that enrich your appreciation of each artist’s music. 

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