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Old 05-10-2012, 08:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis

Has anybody read this book? It is purely amazing, in my opinion. It is written by lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as it says in the title. But its an autobiography about his life... on tour, drug use, clean up, etc. I finished it recently and I really want to read another book similar to it, but haven't found anything.

It kind of makes me wish Eddie Vedder had an autobiography, that would be good. Does he??
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I loved it. Eric Claptons and Slashes were also wonderful.
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Old 05-11-2012, 08:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If you want something similar to a recollection of the early days of the Chili Peppers I'd recommend:

Whores: An Oral biography on Perry Farrel and Jane's Addiction. It's mostly written as snippets and comments from various people associated with Perry and his bands during their early days and up to the reunion that would result in the recording of Strays.

Another great rock bio book is THE DIRT. The Motley Crue bio. Just. WOW. Absolute MUST READ for anyone even remotely interested in the debauchery of the rock and roll lifestyle.

This last one might not suit everyone but Get In The Van by Henry Rollins is a chronicle of his journals and thoughts during his time with Black Flag. There's no glamourization here, no stories of stabbing through a briefcase full of cocaine, no sexing up a fat chick to drive her new sports car, just raw reflections on the reality of being an independent touring band doing it on your own dollar; though it does teach you the proper way to eat dogfood, and exploit an all you can eat salad bar. Anyone thinking of starting up a punk band and hitting the road NEEDS to read this book first.
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Wow thanks for the suggestions. I am definitely checking those out. I love reading about the lifestyle because it's like an escape from reality (or my reality at least) but still all true stuff.
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I love reading about the lifestyle because it's like an escape from reality (or my reality at least) but still all true stuff.
Agreed.

I didn't prioritize that last list but that Motley Crue book is bananas. It's one of the few books I literally couldn't put down. I read the whole thing within a weekend. I wouldn't mind scoring a good Van Halen or David Lee Roth bio either.

There are also a few Led Zep bios out there that vary in legitimacy but they're all very entertaining reads as well.
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I quite enjoyed Keith Richards' book Life. Totally different style of music but it is good.
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This last one might not suit everyone but Get In The Van by Henry Rollins is a chronicle of his journals and thoughts during his time with Black Flag. There's no glamourization here, no stories of stabbing through a briefcase full of cocaine, no sexing up a fat chick to drive her new sports car, just raw reflections on the reality of being an independent touring band doing it on your own dollar; though it does teach you the proper way to eat dogfood, and exploit an all you can eat salad bar. Anyone thinking of starting up a punk band and hitting the road NEEDS to read this book first.
I would also add if you want an alternative take on Black Flag you should read Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad because it shows how the dynamic in Black Flag changed from Rollins being the new guy to Rollins being THE guy and how he changed personally and the resulting fall out that followed because of that. Which is something that doesn't really come across in Rollins book obviously because it's all from his prespective.
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I would also add if you want an alternative take on Black Flag you should read Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad because it shows how the dynamic in Black Flag changed from Rollins being the new guy to Rollins being THE guy and how he changed personally and the resulting fall out that followed because of that. Which is something that doesn't really come across in Rollins book obviously because it's all from his prespective.
Awesome. Thanks for the heads up on this.
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i thought it was alright

erm, so that's the kind of life a rock star leads?
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I would also add if you want an alternative take on Black Flag you should read Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad because it shows how the dynamic in Black Flag changed from Rollins being the new guy to Rollins being THE guy and how he changed personally and the resulting fall out that followed because of that. Which is something that doesn't really come across in Rollins book obviously because it's all from his prespective.
Not sure where you live but Rollins was doing his spoken word/lectures here in the usa. Went to one and it was incredible, had a great time. Should check to see if he is ever near you as I am pretty sure he is always touring. I remember an interview where he said his least favorite thing in like is staying in one place, and that means alot coming from a guy who hates everything.
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