Book of the Year – 2012 Ultimate Classic Rock Awards
Our next category in the Ultimate Classic Rock Awards is for 2012's Book of the Year. While it's great listening to music, every once in a while it's also fun to dig a little deeper by reading what the artists that created some of your favorite songs have to say about their lives and careers. This year a number of veteran rockers told the tales of both their lives in music and the songs that put them on the map in new books.
Allman Brothers Band vocalist Gregg Allman pulls back the curtain on his music career, his failed marriages (including his high profile union with Cher) and his battles with drugs and alcohol in 'My Cross to Bear.'
Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson finally told their tales, with brutal honesty about some of the darker periods of their lives, in the autobiography, 'Kicking and Dreaming.'
Twisted Sister's Dee Snider, one of rock's more outspoken personalities, shares some rather entertaining anecdotes from the band's early days through their rise to fame and beyond in the appropriately-titled 'Shut Up and Give Me the Mic.'
Rod Stewart's simplistically-titled, 'Rod: The Autobiography,' was anything but a mundane read. The singer dove into his career and love life, holding nothing back and even making the headline-making claim that he took cocaine anally.
Pete Townshend has lived an interesting life and finally got around to documenting it with the new autobiography, 'Who I Am.' He opened up about the child pornography misunderstanding that put him in the headlines in the early 2000s, shared his dealings with therapy, and of course, his very successful music career with The Who and as a solo artist.
Neil Young's 'Waging Heavy Peace' takes readers into the singer's home life, showing off his train barn, hitting on a number of his hobbies, and digging into his work ethic and life aspirations.
The final book in our poll is the only one that isn't an autobiography. 'The Rolling Stones: 50 X 20' is a photo book celebrating the landmark anniversary of one of the greatest rock bands in the world by showcasing album artwork, staged photos, candid shots and studio portraits from the band's epic career.
So which book piqued your interest enough to win the Book of the Year honor? Well, here's your chance to make that decision. You can vote for any of the seven nominees below, starting now and continuing through 11:59PM on Jan. 15. The winner will be announced during the 2012 Ultimate Classic Rock Awards reveal on Jan. 16, 2013.