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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 Sinéad 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.
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Kiedis' narrative of the funky, feckless Peppers' dues-paying years is vivid and inspiring. --Newsweek
Most rocker autobiographies are ponderously lame. Anthony Kiedis's Scar Tissue . . . is not. It's thoughtful, candid, and entertaining. --GQ --Reviews
"Most rocker autobiographies are ponderously lame. Anthony Kiedis's Scar Tissue. . . is not. It's thoughtful, candid, and entertaining." --Gq
WOW!!! What an excellent read!!! Just when you thought you knew Anthony Kiedis.....I think what surprised me the most was his humility. Read morePublished 4 days ago by christa
Good read and fun and interesting. I liked. Fun times and exciting. We need more of this. Yippie for books!Published 4 days ago by L. G.
Keidis' intolerable drug use is just a reflection of what's happening to our artists behind the stage. Read morePublished 5 days ago by magnolia ortiz
It's pedestrian at best. I like the band alot, always have; the balls-to-the-wall covers of Stevie Wonder and Jimi Hendrix, the collaboration with George Clinton, and I still... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Stepan Spoonwalla
keidis' life is similar to that of Cobain's. his lifelong battle against drugs and fame made him what he is now. greatly impressed on his writing style and humor!Published 11 days ago by michael hale
Good book, I've read better biographies by celebrities and this one didn't stand out as anything amazing. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Lisa
Keidis' life in papers. the legendary frontman who used to wear socks (ONLY) during their live events showcased his inner being in this book!Published 14 days ago by James Lyons
This is one of my favorite books. I've read it twice, and my son is currently reading it.