Glenn Hughes: The Autobiography
This book, 4 years in the making, takes you on a journey through Glenn's life from childhood, through the "lost" years between Deep Purple's demise and the restarting Glenn's prolific solo career, up to the present day including Black Country Communion.
In addition to being arguably the best singer on the planet Glenn Hughes is really the ultimate name-dropper. Whether it was through musical collaboration or while doing mountains of cocaine, he has truly crossed paths with everyone who's anyone in classic rock. Deep Purple (obviously), Plant and Bonham, Bowie, Iggy Pop, Ron Wood, Mick and Keith, Stevie Wonder, Tony Iommi, Ozzy, Sharon Osbourne pre-Ozzy, Ronnie James Dio, Rob Halford, Gary Moore, Steve Lukather, Neal Schon, John Norum, Keith Emerson, Van Halen, Tommy Lee. They all appear in this journey as do affairs with Linda Blair and Cherie Currie.
Conspicuously absent is any in-depth discussion regarding his relationship with Tommy Bolin. Given the reverence with which Glenn has always described that relationship over the years -- often going on about how close he and Tommy were -- the subject is only covered in passing here. I don't doubt Glenn's past characterizations of that relationship, but from this book, one would not get the impression that Glenn was any closer to Tommy Bolin than he was to anyone else. And other than the night Tommy auditioned for Purple, there are really no Glenn & Tommy stories here.
Ultimately, this book focuses primarily on Glenn's truly horrendous coke addiction and all the bad behavior that ensued because of it. By all rights, he should be dead. Glenn doesn't pull any punches in this refreshing autobiography. Unlike many bios, Glenn actually does let the reader in. You get his emotions and his motivations.
The editing of this book was rather hap-hazard (in my Kindle version anyway). There are chunks of content that seem to be slightly out-of-sequence. However, this is just a minor flaw in an otherwise very good read.
Not perfect, but a very interesting and enjoyable page-turner. An absolute must-read for any Glenn Hughes fan.