Driving with the windows down on a road trip, feeling the wind flipping through your hair, or curled up in a ball on your bed after a terrible break-up... there is one thing that probably remains the same: a musical soundtrack. The musicians who affect us the most are the ones who get us out of dark times, see us through, and allow us celebrate our joy. It’s a beautiful feeling to find a female musician who can be your confidant and cheerleader; whose work mirrors you and teaches you. 

But sometimes our favorite musicians stop making music to pursue other careers. And how are we supposed to survive, left tirelessly playing old albums on repeat? By reading their memoirs! Here are 7 examples of female musicians' memoirs that we promise will feel just as spot on as their music. Enjoy!

  1. M Train by Patti Smith (Will be released October 6th, 2015)

       2. Girl In A Band by Kim Gordon


  1. Coal Miner’s Daughter by Loretta Lynn


  1. Rat Girl by Kristin Hersh


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  1. Celia: Mi Vida by Celia Cruz


      6. In Her Own Words by Joni Mitchell

       7.  Coal to Diamonds by Beth Ditto

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Bee Gray is a creative writer and essayist living in Oakland, California. She loves studying contemporary culture, media, and human behavior. She thinks life is art, she thinks women are art, she surrounds herself in goddesses, she can't stop talking. Follow her on Instagram @beesuschrist.

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