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Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?: A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir Audible – Unabridged

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By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
371 pages of text, 3 page "Semiprologue", 32 pages of color and b&w photos throughout Tyler's life. Take the dust jacket off and there are wrap-around photos of Tyler in full regalia and mic stand. The inside front and back pages have the same series of photos.

In a nutshell-if you like Steven Tyler/AEROSMITH (originally spelled ARROWSMITH for about 5 seconds-Tyler wanted HOOKERS, but changed the spelling to A-E-R-O) you'll like this book. With the help of David Dalton, a long time Rolling Stone Magazine contributor, Tyler tells his tale in much the same style as he would in a conversation. His comments are sometimes off the wall and colorful, but somehow seem to help tell his life story. A quick glance at the chapter headings will prove my point. But Tyler writes in a very straightforward, in your face, no-holds barred style. Throughout the book Tyler constantly lays things out, no matter the subject matter, which helps paint a better, fuller picture of both his music, and himself.

Beginning with his birth, we learn about his parents and their strong influence on his adult outlook , his early formative years, friends and acquaintances, and his discovery of music. There's a lot of background details that help fill in Tyler's early life-a boyhood in many respects like other kids of the era, and how he found his way to music, and his decision to make music his life. Tyler talks about the comparisons between Mick Jagger and himself, and how the press played up their similarities. But Tyler makes no bones about Jagger/The Stones-he idolized them, along with other r'n'r stars of the day. We also learn about the many personal and band escapades-involving sex/drugs/r'n'r during the many years when the band was touring hard-and partying just as hard.
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This book has surprised me. I expected wild stories, fun anecdotes, foul language from time to time, and plenty of music, drugs and sexual escapades. What I didn't expect was Steven Tyler opening up to share his childhood dreams, the extent of his drug habits and glimpses of his insecurities and faltering moments in life. This book shares the life of a unique human being, not an advertisement, as is the case with some celebrity biographies.

The first reviewer, Mr. Jefferson, does a fine job of describing the book, so there's no reason to duplicate his effort. I will say that he's absolutely right in pointing out the conversational style of the writing. At first, I thought it seemed a little disjointed, but once I "got in the groove", the experience was like listening to Steven Tyler talk about life.

If you're easily offended, don't even think about reading this book. If you survived the 60's/70's or if you listen to rock music or if you're intrigued to know the man behind the curtain of scarves, you can handle the wild ride inside.
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I liked ST back in my early high school years. Really didn't get onboard when Aerosmith had their 90's resurgence & I am NOT a major fan of American Idol. What drew me to this book was Steven's story in Rolling Stone. All I can say is I LOVE the book so far. I love his recollection of his boyhood days. Proof that not every person who struggles with drug abuse had a horrible childhood. His was almost idealic. When I am reading it IS as if he is narrating. If you are familiar with the way he talks...you will totally get the things he says and the stories will flow.
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Being a mega-fan of Aerosmith and firmly believing that the Get Your Wings, Toys In The Attic and Rocks albums are the holy trinity of American hard rock I was looking forward to this book with baited breath. Having finished it a few days ago I must admit to being hugely disappointed.
The entire book has rush job written all over it, Tyler was definitely trying to capitalize on his American Idol success. The number of errors is mind-numbing and frustrating for even the most casual fan, here's some of them;
1) Tyler describes penning 'Pandora's Box' for the Rocks album in 1976, when in fact that song appeared on the Get Your Wings album of 1974.
2) Tyler attributes the lyrics to 'Combination' erroneously to 'Bright Light Fright' which appeared a year later on the Draw The Line album.
3) Tyler mentions the inspiration for the song 'Dude Looks Like A Lady' as being derived from a conversation he had with Motley Crue in New York in 1991, the song appeared on the Permanent Vacation album in 1987.
Tyler is no doubt a narcissist and misogynist, he details a sexual relationship with a fourteen year old girl quite graphically, he was twenty six at the time and the whole episode reeks of exploitation.
He later professes indignity that his wife would chastise him for his on the road infidelities stating that it was only 'sex', but claims incredible betrayal when the same woman leaves him after having an affair with a construction worker.
He also confesses to physically abusing the late Cynrinda Foxe-Tyler, his first wife, the details of this abuse were detailed explicitly in her book, Dream On.
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