The musician's life contains some of the greatest stories you never get to hear. Those backstage shenanigans, band bust-ups, and dubious hookups can only be imagined by most of us, but some writers have cleverly capitalised on the fantasy of the rock star. If you've somehow run out of CDs to listen to (not possible), but your bookshelf is looking a little empty, then this list of five novels about musicians should keep the audiophile in your life satisfied.
As you'll probably know from plenty of real life examples, musicians life a different kind of life to the average citizen. They're seriously committed to their art, and they live a lifestyle for it that's an entirely different world from the 9-5 many others are used to. If you weren't gifted with an angelic voice, or your fingers aren't nimble enough for the saxophone, then these novels will let you live out your rock star fantasy. Each of them is penned by an author who has an obvious love for music, as well as a slight cynicism towards the industry that produces it. You won't just get glamour, these novels give you the real, ruddy insight into the life of a musician. Buckle up, because it's a wild ride.