The enigmatic pop star has gone the way of the dodo bird. Today’s industry insiders are eager to share their experiences at the center of the spotlight in the pages of music memoirs that are more than a little hardcore. Gangster rappers, beloved R&B singers, battle-torn journalists, and autotune titans are recounting their trips to the top of the charts with humor and humility in unique books this year. 

Stories usually reserved for VIP sections and the cutting floor are spilling into bookstores this year. And those stars snatched from us before being given the chance to speak their truths are being dissected by some of the biggest names in music journalism. No matter what genre you jones for or what era of music defined your adulthood, we’re sure you’ll find something to pique your curiosity. Check out nine upcoming music memoirs we are looking forward to below.