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A pretty good read,
This review is from: Scar Tissue (Hardcover)
I have never been the worlds biggest Red Hot Chilli Peppers fan. Sure I think they are a good band with some really good records, but I've never felt the need to drive far distances to see them live, collect all their albums or any of the other stuff usually assosated with fandom. But Anthony Keidis' autobiography "Scar Tissue" interested me for a few different reasons. One, I do enjoy they're later period softer rock music, which for my money is some of the best alterna-pop you're likely to find. Two, I thought he would have some good stories since he was around in both the early eighties hardcore punk scene and the mid-ninties alternative rock boom. And three, in interviews he comes across as a pretty cool guy.
So on those fronts I was not dissapointed by "Scar Tissue". It was a pleasant and good book, full of surprising honesty and compassion even if at times it fails to go too deep below the surface. You learn a lot about his life, but not as much about him as you might like.
Now if you're not into what I call "junkie" books then you should probably stay away from this book. A large portion of the book is devoted to Kiedis' herion addiction which I have to admit was handled about as well as I have ever read. It is a cautionary tale with the typical body count of friends and loss loves, but rather then shaking his finger at himself and those around him, he tells it honestly and doesn't try to make apoligies about his behavior any more so then he needs to. This is refreshing and good. He's saying not to use drugs mind you; he's just going to tell you how it really is.
At times the book is written with a somewhat pedestrian writting style, but for the most part I sensed it came from Kiedis and not his co-author. It has, at it's best times, a conversational vibe that makes reading it that much enjoyable.
So I really liked the book, so why do I only give it three stars? Well, because there is a drastic rating inflation on this site. To me, a five star anything means the thing is flawless, four means it's in the top of it's league but not perfect, three means it's good but I've read/ seen/ heard better, two means it bathes in it's mediocrity, and one means that it's godawful horse manure. And Kiedis' book fits the three to a T. It's a good book, I enjoyed reading it. It's not one of the best books I've ever read, nor is it one of the worst. It's a good book that I'm pretty sure if you're interested in you'll dig.
And what more can you ask for?
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Initial post: Sep 4, 2009 12:04:44 PM PDT
Thanks for the honest review. I agree - there are many inflated (or deflated) reviews on Amazon.
Posted on Feb 3, 2010 11:15:02 AM PST
Ronald A. Martin says:
Great review. I will check this one out b/c of it. Also, thanks for explaining why you gave it three stars. Since there is no standard to the rating system, it relies on pure subjective opinions. The only standard I noticed was the system used for reviewing a seller's service. Four and five stars were positive, three neutral, and one and two were negative. Maybe Amazon should use your system for reviewers so we can put a stop to all the inflated and deflated reviews. Just a thought.
Posted on May 18, 2010 4:36:14 PM PDT
Digital Slave says:
great review. well-balanced.
Posted on May 12, 2011 8:57:31 AM PDT
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Taylor Rand says:
A very accurate review, I'd say.
It is a good read; though not a deep one.
"You learn a lot about his life, but not as much about him as you might like." That's on-target, I heartily agree there. Kiedis stays on the surface of life: he rarely dives into the deeper waters of what the incidents in his life *meant* to him.
I'd also agree that - subject matter notwithstanding - the writing in some sections is just banal. I'd have thought an early childhood of drug use, cross-country drug trafficking, sex with older girls, etc. would've written itself but apparently it doesn't. Here's where a page or two of the adult Kiedis attempting to really make sense of what it *felt* like would've made the book more memorable.
As it is, the book's worth reading but Kiedis' music tells you more about him.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2012 1:42:17 PM PDT
I couldn't figure out or not if the ghost rider taped Anthony talking about different times of his life and the decided to merely transcribe the words. Much of this book sounds like diary entries with none of the juice and glory of the experiences.
The photo captions were pretty silly. They sounded like they were written by some kid in middle school. But I do admit I liked the last chapter which revealed how Anthony has come to terms of his addiction behaviors. Though I did think that maybe he'd fall off the wagon again.
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