Requesting Permission to use certain works in an autobiography/memoir?

I'm writing an autobiography/memoir and am including lots of quotes, song lyrics, plots of theatre shows, as well as pictures from other books. I'm completely new to the author world and want to make sure I'm doing everything lawfully.  What are the rules for what you need to request permission to use, and how do you go about getting that permission? I'm including a bibliography for both illustrations/pictures and any work mentioned (theatre shows, CDs, etc.), hoping this will cover any potential copyright issues. I've been looking at some other autobiographies to help me figure it out and they didn't even have a bibliography page. Is that normal?

Thanks in advance,
Alex

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