When I first saw this book cover I was amazed. I was in an airport travelling to a work assignment and couldn’t believe a biography could have such a cover! I had never heard of Anthony Kiedis and was so fascinated by the blurb on the cover that I just had to have it. This was one of the first biographies that I brought and it started me on a journey that still continues today – I love biographies and this is a great one.
“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.” [Amazon].
This is a truely gutsy read, what a story this man has to tell. How he is still alive is amazing, but more amazing is the story of his friends and family and their conviction to seeing him through the dark days. It’s not just a story about Kiedis, although that is story enough for any lifetime – it is a story of friendship, of love and of determination. It is beautifully written with the words just flowing across the pages, which hardly suprising given Kiedis skill for writing poetry. You won’t regret reading this book.
MY RATING – FIRST CLASS
ISBN 0 316 72672 9
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