In SCAR TISSUE Anthony Kiedis, charismatic and highly articulate frontman of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, recounts his remarkable life story, and the history of the band itself. Raised in the Midwest, he moved to LA aged eleven to live with his father Blackie, purveyor of pills, pot, and cocaine to the Hollywood elite. After a brief child-acting career, Kiedis dropped out of U.C.L.A. and plunged headfirst into the demimonde of the L.A. underground music scene. He formed the band with three schoolfriends - and found his life's purpose. Crisscrossing the country, the Chili Peppers were musical innovators and influenced a whole generation of musicians. But there's a price to pay for both success and excess and in SCAR TISSUE, Kiedis writes candidly of the overdose death of his soul mate and band mate, Hillel Slovak, and his own ongoing struggle with an addiction to drugs. SCAR TISSUE far transcends the typical rock biography, because Anthony Kiedis is anything but a typical rock star. It is instead a compelling story of dedication and debauchery, of intrigue and integrity, of recklessness and redemption.
About the Author
Anthony Kiedis is the lead singer of the rock group The Red Hot Chili Peppers, one of the most beloved bands in the world. He lives in the Los Angeles, Ca. area. Visit www.redhotchilipeppers.com for further information on the band and its history.
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For a musician who has spent the better half of his life either intoxicated or on a drug high, Kiedis, the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, has produced a surprisingly detailed account of his life. Raised in the 1960s and '70s by a drug dealer father who first introduced his preteen son to drugs by mashing them into bananas, the high school delinquent and UCLA dropout seemed destined for a life of rabble-rousing until his high school band-cofounded by close friends Michael "Flea" Balzary and Hillel Slovak-took off and became one of the most popular groups of the 1990s. Though he peppers his book with little known facts (for instance, the author narrowly missed being named Clark Gable Kiedis), the punk-funk rocker dedicates too few pages to his introspective music-writing process and too many to his incessant drug use and revolving door of girlfriends (which included actress Ione Skye, singer Sin?ad O'Connor and director Sofia Coppola). But while Kiedis fails to scratch beneath the surface of his fast-lane life, his frankness is moving, especially toward the end of the book, when his mea culpa turns into a full-blown account of recovery and redemption. (Kiedis has been sober for almost four years.) Though not generally as articulate as Marilyn Manson's similar autobiography, Kiedis's story of childhood drug use, adolescent fame and hard-won maturity will strike a chord with fans of Drew Barrymore's Little Girl Lost. Agent, David Vigliano. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
'Kiedis recounts his pharmacological odyssey with wide-eyed relish and a refreshing lack of rehab remorse' Sunday Times 'Everyone who reads this genuinely outrageous book will have their own favourite scene' Independent on Sunday 'An entertaining account of being the most priapic, junkie member of California's most priapic, junkie rock band' Guardian 'The year's most astonishing rock autobiography' Observer
I never considered myself to be a RHCP fan - I have always enjoyed a few of their songs but that is about the extent of it. Having said that this has to be the best book I have read. Ever. Anthony has a way of telling his story. It's not glorified it is not focused on the fame or name dropping. It is just simply the way his life has been and he does not make any pretences or apologise for who he is, he just explains how things were and that all they wanted to do was share their music with others. I found it to be a gripping read and have since found a new appreciation for the band now that I can understand the meaning of the lyrics and where the songs have come from. The band members have all had individual battles in life and from the read of it are all pretty lucky to be here. Epic inspirational story. Loved it
A great insight into the life of a true music genius. A book that is difficult to put down - Keidis is open and honest about his relationships, his drug abuse, his music, and overcoming drug addiction. Not a book I would sit down with for a fun, easy read - it takes you deep into the heart of the man, and not all of it is pretty.
An amazing book I just couldn't put down. You want to just keep reading it. You do not have to be a fan of the band at all to enjoy this book - it is a story about a person with an unusual job, unusual friends and an unusual upbringing before it is a story about the Red Hot Chili Peppers specifically, so there is really something there for everyone. A story anyone can enjoy, thoroughly entertaining and very, very compelling.
I am not an avid book reader but most definately an avid RHCP fan. I have read the book 3 times and can only say that it is fantastic that Anthony Keidis and his band members have survived the hardship that they went through as a band. Can only be explained by their enormous talent and the love of music and music writing. Highly reccommend it to anybody and everybody. AWESOME!!!
This book was a great read. It was very interesting to find out about his life and his struggle with drugs. Some of the stuff that he talks about is unbelievable and seems surreal. You don't have to be a Red Hot Chili Peppers fan to enjoy this book and I highly recommend it to anyone. he also talks about the band and how it came to be.
Anthony Kiedis is the lead singer of the sucessfully world wide band the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The book deals with issues in his life such as drugs and band issues. I bought this book because i am a chili peppers fan and was quite suprised how much he has gone through in his life. In reading this book i now know where alot of the lyrics for the songs have come from.
if you are a fan of chili peppers buy this book.
This is a great book, I could not put it down! It's amazing to read about his life, struggle with drugs, band struggles, relationships and writing of the songs. It is however more amazing to see how he has turned out in the end and overcome the battles with drugs and alcohol. This book is gripping and makes you really think about human endurance and strength. Even though I am a Red Hot Chilli Peppers fan you really don't have to be to read this book. I highly reccommend it.
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