The last decade has witnessed an explosion in vérité entertainment. Reality is the media darling. Memoirs have been sucked right up into this, particularly redemptive autobiographies. In the case of James Frey’s bestselling tale of addiction, A Million Little Pieces, the events of his life required “embellishment” (his word), and possibly wholesale manufacture, according a recent exposé. Of course, Frey’s publisher didn’t fail to see that the book was more marketable if people believed it was true.
While music doesn’t possess the same hard division between fiction and reality, this hasn’t prevented authenticity from being an issue.