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Genre: Biography / Author: Anthony Kiedis / Hardcover / 480 Pages / Book is published 2004-10-01 by Hyperion Books

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      04.10.2010 15:50

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      A really great read

      Easily the best book iv ever had the pleasure to read. To some, the graphical content of the book may cause shock or offence, but personaly I found it entertianing to read how this man had put his body, family and friends through so much and is still alive to tell his tale. From the offset its almost like a gripping drama. His childhood was far from normal, leading to his troubled teens and his time in the band The Red Hot Chili Peppers, with incodents such as the infomas 'socks on cocks' gig. Id recomend this book for both fans and non fans of Antony Kiedis and the band, its a really great account of how 4 self proclaimed 'Knuckleheads' rose to fame and for the fans it gives some really good insights to the band and the personal life of Kiedis, in both his younger years and adult years. Never before have I read a biography that has so much detail, even in the earlier parts of the book!

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      17.05.2010 22:14
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      Biography of Red Hot Chili Pepper's frontman.

      "Scar Tissue" is the biography of Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. It was released in 2004 and Kiedis was helped by Larry Sloman. I am a massive fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but rest assured I have not brought my bias into this review. When I saw this book on Amazon for seven pounds, I couldn't resist making the purchase. I have been Red Hot Chili Pepper fan since I could listen to music and was eager to learn more about them, particularly their lead singer Anthony Kiedis. A lot of people seem to hate Kiedis and his lyrics, in fact many of my friends claim he ruins the Red Hot Chili Peppers, which I definitely disagree with. I find him an excellent songwriter and all round interesting personality, so I bought this book with high hopes. When I read on the cover, "Anthony Kiedis with Larry Sloman" I was worried that would be one of those books were the original subject gets little or no subject. Happily Larry Sloman is invisible in this book, only popping up to give a lengthy acknowledgement at the start. When reading this book I felt I was reading Anthony Kiedis' thoughts and none else, a trap that befalls many so called biographies. The story of Anthony Kiedis begins in St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Rapids, November 1 1962, born to Peggie and Jack (who later insists on being called "Blackie"). His parents split up not long after he was born and he led a pretty normal existence until the age of 12, when he moves in with his father. This is where his story starts to get interesting, and Kiedis has a wide range of stories to tell from his teenage years, from the hilarious (settling into his new school) to the downright disturbing (loosing his virginity to his father's girlfriend at the age of twelve). This is the strongest part of the book as there are many funny stories that Kiedis recollects from his younger years. His experiences with drugs are even described light-heartedly and his stories of partying with his father and using hard drugs seem shocking but Kiedis regards them as part of everyday life. His younger years are easily the most eye-opening and fascinating parts of the book. Soon he establishes the Red Hot Chili Peppers with his best friend Flea and as a Chilis fan I found his account interesting but it was lacking the insight I hoped for. The book doesn't focus on the band as much as I would like to, but instead focuses on Kiedis spiralling drug addiction and many girlfriends. After he describes his youth years, the rest of his book is dominated by his drug addiction and sex life. Even Hillel Slovak's (former Red Hot Chili Peppers) death is barely given a few paragraphs, while each of his many girlfriends are given nearly a chapter each. Unfortunately this makes the book a rather tiresome read. Kiedis meets girl, takes drugs, goes to rehab, repeat about fifty times. Although his descent into drug addiction is a harrowing tale, it dominates this whole book and a after a while frankly I couldn't care less. Rare glimpses are given of a time spent with the band and there are a few interesting parts that pop up here and there, like the time Kiedis meets the Dalai Lama but these are soon suffocated by repetitive, over the top descriptions of whatever his girlfriend at the time is. "Scar Tissue" is a book which starts promising, but soon becomes repetitive, which is a shame as Kiedis has led a genuinely interesting life of which the first part of the book does justice, but after the creation of the Red Hot Chili Peppers it soon descends into a farce. Personally I got bored of his drug battle pretty fast, and maybe other people will get more out of that but I would have preferred a bit more about the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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        15.09.2009 00:44
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        5 star rating biography

        This book was recommended to me by a diehard Chilli Peppers fan and even though I liked their music I knew nothing of where their songs came from or what they were about. After reading this book, I now listen to the songs differently actually knowing what they are about and admiring the way Anthony expresses himself. This book gives a deep insight into the troubled yet creative mind of Anthony Kledis. He shares his life story which is full of violence, drugs, alcoholism and the less glamorous sides to being famous this is an amazing account of an incredible life story actually told by the person himself. It starts from his childhood from smoking pot at 11 to losing his virginity to his dad's girlfriend at 13. He speaks in depth about his famous affairs, crushes, out of control drugs habit, china white heroin, addictions and rehab. This rock star has seen and experiences the ups and downs of trying to make it famous. He is honest and truthful throughout, speaking about his sex life, falling out with drug dealers, the changes in the band, close friends death. Mostly it focuses on his mad friendship with band member Flea. The book is compelling, honest and will appeal to Chilli Peppers fans but also anyone who is interested in a real life struggle. There are many photos in the book, some very personal. I have read in other reviews it's hard to keep up with who each person is - I did not find this at all, I did however end up reading it twice as it was an excellent read. If you are into biographies this is the book for you!!

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          01.08.2009 16:06
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          Amazing read and would recommend to anyone

          The Red Hot Chili Peppers front man, Anthony Kiedis shares his life story with us in this amazing book, Scar Tissue. This book tells us everything from starting his life in Michigan with his parents through to recording By The Way. He spills all about his girlfriends, his crushes, his insane coke, pot and China White heroin addictions. How his younger years involved him having no money, and whenever he managed to get hold of some it would be almost instantly spend on drugs. It also deeply covers his relationships with his family and friends; how he falls out with his drug dealing father but soon sees him at every show he played. It also spills the gripping story of the changes occuring to the band and carious guitar players come and go. Another focus of the book is about the crazy friendship between Michael Balzary (the Flea) and himself. The insane things these two managed to get up to all were small events leading up to the known success of the Chili's. The book is very gripping and hard to put down. It is a must have especially to those who are Chili Pepper fans but even to the everyday reader, everything is explained and very clear. This fantastic book also has four small breaks which show various photographs throughout the times and annotated. In my opinion this was a great touch although most of these photos are not in any particular order. One small factor i did think was not fantastic about this read is how he refers to so many people and it is difficult to keep up with everybody and remembering who is who. Still i cannot put this book down as I thought it was informative and extremely gripping! 5*

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            02.07.2009 17:06
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            A great insight into the band and Anthony Kiedis himself.

            Scar Tissue is the biography of Red Hot Chili Peppers' frontman and founding member, Anthony Kiedis. The book starts out as it means to continue, after a short introduction we get a description of one of many trips downtown to score drugs. Be warned if you don't fancy reading about a near constant drug addiction this book is not for you. That being said this book is a must for any Chili Peppers' fans. It provides so much insight into the whole band's journey from a band formed playing one song at a one off gig to writing the By The Way album. Every up and down of the band is chronicled here by Kiedis. I imagine this is a big reason for people to buy this book but of course the book is mainly focused on Kiedis himself. Anthony Kiedis describs his whole struggle with drug addiction, this is a really personal account of his problems. This is the standard from which I judge most other biographies. Anthony opens up so much throughout the book, not just about the band and his relationships in it but his relationships with family and plenty of girlfriends.

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            12.02.2009 19:14
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            A must read for any Chilis fans and a great read for anybody else

            This autobiography of Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Keidis was released in 2005. It is written very much in an easy to read conversational style as a first person recount by Keidis about his life from early childhood through to (almost) current times as lead singer of a hugely successful and popular rock band. It's fair to say that Keidis has led a highly eventful and unconventional life from an early age, starting with his nomadic childhood alternating between his mother's home in Grand Rapids, Michigan and his eccentric, party loving father in Hollywood. Surrounded by drugs and dealers from a young age, Keidis was on the LA party scene and experimenting (sometimes actually with his own father) from his early teens. His father also encouraged him to experiment sexually and Keidis was seeing and doing things most school kids only dream of by night whilst attending school during the day. This book not only charts Keidis' family ties but also his links with RHCP bassist Flea who he met at UCLA before he dropped out. For anyone with an interest in the band this book is a fantastic read because it charts the stories that inspired them to form, to tour, to write the songs that they wrote and to work so hard for it that they came close to breaking point, both as a band and as individuals. Some of RHCP most famous songs, such as Under the Bridge, are dissected and explained and suddenly take on a whole new level of meaning when you next hear them. At times it is a harrowing read, as Keidis descends into drug addiction and self abuse on the grandest scale, he pulls no punches in telling it like it is in terms of how horrific addiction can be and what it can make you capable of - but this is where the book stands out from other music autobiogs that I have read - in its raw authenticity. I loved this book because I love the band, but also because even if I didnt its a genuine tale of rags to riches, nearly back to rags again and finally to virtual world domination as a band - its one of those stories that is so full of events, massive characters and emotion that you simply couldnt make it up. It did not surprise me, therefore, when I heard that HBO in America are working with Keidis on a television show based on the events documented in the book. If you like RHCP then you will enjoy this book but even if you dont it is an enjoyable read, purely for the human nature element. At the moment you can pick up a copy on Amazon for around £6.99 new or for the bargain price of a couple of quid used, I read it on holiday and I can vouch that its great for a book to immerse yourself in on long haul flights!

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            17.09.2008 15:49

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            Brilliant

            Scar Tissue is by far one of the best written auto biographies i have ever read. Anthony Keidis (Red Hot Chilli Peppers) lets the reader into the highs and serious lows throughout his life. Starting with his young childhood living with his mother, where it seems he has a fairly normal life style. to his teens where he meets the love of his life and starts to dabble in drugs and his passion for music begins. His move LA is the start of the Red Hot Chilli Pepper on as a the band we know now. Dispite the success of the band it is not with out its trials and tribulations. Amazing book and well worth the read, if you like the Chilli's or if you just want to read about an incredible man and his very colourful life full with ups and downs. This is also a pretty long Auto biography, which is perfect when you dont want a book to end.

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            07.04.2008 16:11
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            A good allround autobiography, lots of info, well written

            Scar Tissue gives any chili pepper or Anthony Kiedis fan a great insight into the highs and lows of the life lead by the peppers front man so far. Starting from his early childhood living with his mum. Where he seemed to lead a pretty normal life leading through to moving in with his father in LA and being introduced to drugs and alcohol in his early teens. The book then goes through to meeting flea at school getting up to no good like jumping into a pool from the top of a building and breaking his back and then starting the band. We learn of his life, how he grew up, what made him get into music, how the chili pepers were formed, who left and who they took on board. It really is a good insight into his life and his battle with drug addiction, how it gets hold of you and how he's coped over the years with people close to him that have died from taking drugs. Its not for people who just want to know about how the chili peppers were formed and their story so far. Although as the band is a big part of his life you do get a good insight into the other members of the band, how they get on and some of the trials and tribulations they have been through together as a band. A thoroughly great read in my opinion, very well written and very long, which is just what I like from an autobiography.

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            30.07.2007 13:02
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            Anthony Kedis shows us what made the man

            Author: Anthony Kedis/Larry Soloman Genre: Autobiographical Pages: 480 RRP: £9.99 Amazon Price: £6.99 ***Who is Larry Soloman*** Larry Soloman who lives and works in New York, is a well-respected autobiographer who has worked with a host of artists including David Blaine, Bob Dylan and even twice with shock-jock Howard Stern. What is perhaps most relevant is the relationship he builds with the focus of his autobiographies. His books are very much a combined effort with Soloman working more as a guide than as author. The personal affection many of those who have worked with Soloman appear to stand strong long after the book has been published and the money have come rolling in. These relationships, and the trust he gains allows for his books to be honest pieces of works with a fresh and open perspective. He allows the artists to tell their stories freely in the manner they wish to instead of carving out a tale he expects the fan base to want to read. ***Who is Anthony Kedis*** Anthony Kedis has been the front man for successful and unique band the Red Hot Chilli Peppers for roughly 25 years. At the age of 45 he is still found to rock the stage with his individual and energetic style and writing all the lyrics to the bands music. Kedis, born in Michigan in 1962 has had a checkered past with run-in’s with the police and early introductions to drugs and sex as well as some wonderful opportunities that allowed him to explore his creativity and make something of it. ***About the book*** Written in collaboration with Larry Soloman, this autobiography, is refreshingly honest, funny and endearing. For those of you looking for a band biography, this is not the book for you, although obviously the development of the band and the rollercoaster ride they have all been on plays a major part. At times it is vulgar and shocking and in other areas it is laugh out loud funny. It would be easiest to describe this as the story of Anthony Keidis's drug habit and sex life, but in my eye this would totally over-simplified - although both play an extremely prominent role in the story. He talks freely about his relationships, whether with his drug dealing father, his long-suffering mother, girlfriends such as Ione Sky and Sinead Oconor and band member past and present. He talks about experiences - some of which are more than a little shocking, like losing his virginity to his dad's girlfriend after getting high with them at the age of twelve. What grabbed me the most was how casually he told the tale as if nothing was a big deal. He paints a picture of himself as a bubble of ideas waiting to hatch. At the same time, his laid back attitude and, as he admits himself, his laziness were often his downfall. What I found refreshing about Keidis’s story, is not once does he make excuses or try to justify some of his in-excusable behaviour. There is no blame or passing the buck. Instead he simply lays out the facts and allows the reader to pass judgment. There are some fantastic and intriguing pictures included ranging from shots of RHCP performing in dingy clubs to the everlasting image of Anthony toking his first joint at the kitchen table at the age of twelve. ***My thoughts on the book*** This is a thoughtful, candid, and entertaining story for anyone who appreciates honesty, not just for his fan base. Keidis has been sober now for over six years, thought to be his longest dry spell. In that time he seems to have matured and grown into himself. Lets hope this man is around for a long time to come as there is no doubt of the talent and ability he as a man, as well as part of the Chilli Peppers has to offer.

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              28.10.2006 11:09
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              A refreshingly honest account of life as a drug addicted rock star

              As the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis has been at the top of rock music for a number of years. Along with Faith No More, they were at the forefront of combining rock with funk back in 1991 with their “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” album and then, after a few less successful years stormed back to the top of their game with 1999’s “Californication” album. In 2006, they were brave enough and popular enough to get away with something few musical acts have managed, with the release of a double album, “Stadium Arcadium”. Despite sales of nearly 50 million albums world wide, life in the Red Hot Chili Peppers hasn’t always been smooth. The band’s troubles with drugs have been well documented, causing the death of their original guitarist and for his replacement to leave the band for a number of years. But never before have these stories been told by one of those concerned, nor in such detail or with such candour. Born to vaguely hippy parents in Michigan in 1962, there was nothing in Kiedis’ family history that suggested he would become a singer of one of the biggest rock groups of the 21st century. Getting his introduction to pot aged only four, however, suggests that his other career as a drug addict was always on the cards. From his very early days, Kiedis lived something of a double life. With his mother in Michigan, he was a pretty average boy, although maybe a bit more into petty crime and misbehaviour than many. But with his father in California, he was a part of a drugs and party scene before he was even a teenager; had Cher as a babysitter and lost his virginity to his father’s girlfriend. By the time he’s an adult, Kiedis has slipped into a depressing cycle. He dates beautiful girls, takes drugs and makes music. As he becomes richer and more famous, so the amount of money he has to spend on drugs increases. Even fame and playing with the Red Hot Chili Peppers isn’t enough to keep him away from hard drugs; nor is the death of a band mate and other people he considers his friends. On the surface, Kiedis’ life is pretty much a cycle. From a relatively young age, he falls into a routine in which he dates beautiful women, takes large amounts of drugs, and makes music. There may be a little more to it than that, but essentially, this is Kiedis’ adult life in a nutshell. You’d think that a life story revolving around just these three things would get pretty boring quite quickly. In this case, however, the opposite is true. The way he tells the story means that although the events may repeat, you never feel sucked into getting bored with it. Kiedis’ tells his story with a refreshing lack of star quality. He knows he’s famous, but he certainly doesn’t play on it. He deals with his fame with a sense of wonderment, as if he can’t really understand how he came to be that way. Equally, he deals with his drug addiction with a sense of shame and guilt because of the effects it’s had on others. He knows that what he’s done is wrong, but was helpless to stop himself. The shame this makes him feel, even years later, is clear to see. It is this that characterises “Scar Tissue”. Kiedis’ recounts his life with a refreshing about of introspection and emotion. He’s not like many stars who have written their autobiographies and using them simply to name drop and blow their own trumpet. There is a little of that, for sure, but Kiedis is refreshingly open about his own failings, particularly with his repeated falls from grace back into the cycle of drug addiction and the way he treated some of his girlfriends. This has not been a life filled with brilliance and nothing but good things and, for a change, we get to hear about it. This does make for quite an emotionally draining read. There have been some good times and he’s enjoyed much of his time with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but there is far more here about his addictions than about his music. This means this is not a book for the fan of Kiedis’ music as such, as it’s more about heroin than musical heroism. If, however, you are a fan of biographies or if your heart can handle something like this, it is a very rewarding read. Despite the fact that it’s a tough read, emotionally speaking, it is very readable and was difficult to put down. Whilst Kiedis has done some pretty wild things, not just with his drug taking, but also in some of the stunts he and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have pulled, unlike some rock star biographies, he doesn’t glory in them and the writing style doesn’t reflect this insanity. He recounts those tales with the same equanimity and consideration as he does the rest of his life, with it just being something that happened to him. It is this lack of showmanship in the writing that makes it as readable as it is and, speaking as someone who doesn’t really like that kind of attitude, as enjoyable. In terms of biographies, it’s a very good example of the genre and I came out of it feeling some sympathy for Kiedis and liking him a lot, which I wasn’t expecting to feel about some big star drug addict. He’s essentially a decent enough guy, laid low by drugs and turned into somebody who isn’t really him. He also doesn’t try to blame anybody but himself for his failings, either, which is something else you can like about him. Every slip was his own fault; he took drugs without peer pressure and he was never forced into doing anything he didn’t want – every bad choice was his and his alone and he can hold his hand up and admit to that. The other thing that really caught my eye about this biography is that the hand of co-author Larry Sloman was virtually invisible. I don’t know if his role was as scribe, editor or co-writer, but he doesn’t get involved at any point, unlike some biographers. Indeed, the only point where he comes across as being a little heavy is in the “Acknowledgements” section at the start, where his list is longer than Kiedis’. Apart from that, you never hear from him again, which makes this solely Kiedis’ story and not his, which is another point in the book’s favour. If you’re a Red Hot Chili Peppers fan and looking for a book on the band, this isn’t it. The band members are often mentioned, not always as musicians, but as people Kiedis has let down and hurt along the way. If, however, you’re a fan of biographies, especially those of musicians, or enjoy the emotionally draining real life style books that seem to still be all the rage right now, this is the perfect read for you. The music fan should look to pay the £1.24 or so that eBay prices have been seen at. The biography fan will not begrudge paying £7.19 from Amazon, but copies can be found for less; £5.99 from Play, £3.75 at Green Metropolis or from £4.42 at the Amazon Marketplace. No matter how much you pay, you’ll end up with a moving, emotionally compelling story of a life gone both perfectly right and horribly wrong at the same time and not always in equal measure. As Kiedis says in the introduction, this is his story, scar tissue and all. What he seems too modest to say is that when he sheds his sleeves and bares those scars, you’ll find that they have an amazing and quite an addictive tale to tell.

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                08.11.2005 20:50
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                Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll....The usual things of a rock star story

                Scar tissue that I wish you saw Sarcastic mister know it all Close your eyes and I’ll kiss you ’cause With the birds I’ll share With the birds I’ll share This lonely view With the birds I’ll share This lonely view - I received a copy of this book for my birthday at the turn of the year. I’d always been a fan of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and couldn’t wait to delve into a bit of history about the band and how they came to be. Anyone who picks up this book looking for something on the band may feel a little disappointed but then the title of the book and it’s author should give some indication of content. Scar Tissue is Anthony Kiedis’s story of how his childhood shaped his future and his foray into rock and roll. The book doesn’t pull any punches as Kiedis and co-writer Larry Sloman recount every drug fuelled haze and every act of desperation. I have to say after fininshing the book I was more enlightened on how the Chilli Peppers came to be but I felt I’d learnt a lot about the life of the lead singer. Kiedis grew up as the child of a drug-dealing father. Now this isn’t a story of slums, his father used to supply drugs to some of Hollywood’s elite. He also wasn’t the picture book example of a father figure. Kiedis gives the impression that his father is more like the guy he would tag along with, hang out with and share drug experiences with. There are great stories of Kiedis’s time living in LA with his father and the times he took his first drag of weed and how his fathers hangers on introduced him to a world of seventies hedonism. - Push me up against the wall Young Kentucky girl in a push-up bra Fallin’ all over myself To lick your heart and taste your health ’cause With the birds I’ll share This lonely view... - The main theme throughout the book is addiction. There are several stories about Kiedis’s battles with drug addiction; the rehab centres and the people he met and saw die as a result of their demons. Throughout you learn about the various women who have entered his life. All of them are fascinating relationships that revolve around a drug dependency. As I was reading I became annoyed as Kiedis and the way he would treat the women in his life when they tried to offer support. But this is the kind of price you pay for having a dangerous addiction. Between the tales of selling belongings to get drugs and lying in bed for days come tales of how the Chilli Peppers rose to fame. It’s a good story for any band trying to make it. The Peppers went through one record label before being picked up again and through it they had numerous fall-outs, more drug addictions and a death. Some of the stories recounted in the book tell of a wild rock and roll lifestyle that lives up to the legend that is rock and roll. - Soft spoken with a broken jaw Step outside but not to brawl Autumn’s sweet we call it fall I’ll make it to the moon if I have to crawl and With the birds I’ll share This lonely view - I don’t want to go into glorious detail as all good books are best discovered without knowing much about it beforehand. Suffice to say, I enjoyed the read. It’s certainly a great entry in the musical autobiography. It doesn’t rival the debauchery of say Aerosmith’s Walk This Way but it does offer a tale of rising from the gutter. There are several pages of photographs in the book as well, they document some of the stories in the pages as well as giving an insight into Kiedis’s private life.

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                  04.11.2005 16:03
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                  A mesmerizing story

                  "Today my friend has misplaced her normal medical tourniquet, so she pulls off her pink fishnet stocking and uses it to tie off my right arm. She dabs at my exposed vein with an alcohol swab, then hits the vein with the needle. My blood comes oozing up into the spaghetti-shaped tube, and then she slowly pushes the contents of the syringe into my bloodstream." Anthony Kiedis may not be an instantly recognisable name, but this man makes up one quarter of the biggest rock group in the world today - the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Born to rebel parents In Michigan, America; his childhood was a torrid conveyer belt of fighting, smoking and drug taking. When his parents split up Anthony was torn between the love for his Mother and the absolute adoration he heaped upon his Father, the young Anthony would dress like his dad, match his hairstyle to his and even spend a time as a child actor because his Dad decided he wanted to be a thespian. It wasn't until the summer of 1973 that Anthony pestered his Mum into letting him spend the summer with his Dad in California that a lifetime of narcotic abuse would begin, sitting one day at the kitchen table at his Dads house he was offered a joint and eagerly grabbed the chance to further emulate the man he admired. Marijuana turned into Percodan turned into acid turned into cocaine; soon Anthony had a not so healthy drug habit while still at school, taking anything him and his friend John could get hold of. During this time there was one constant in Anthony's life - music. He used to jam with a ragtag collection of school friends when they formed a band. At first he simply introduced the group with funny poems and sketches but one day one of his rhymes was put to music and he started performing. Whether it was the artistry in these early efforts or the fact that he and the other band members used to dance manically no one can be sure, but the group soon got a reputation of offering something that little bit different in a funk rock style and the appearances and offers started coming in. Of course this gave Anthony the notoriety and more importantly the money to pursue his one man quest to use as many drugs as possible, and what followed was a journey into the depths of drug addiction and abuse. With a string of beautiful women in tow and numerous failed attempts to get clean it seemed that nothing could bring Anthony out of the hedonistic lifestyle, not even the deaths of several friends from drug abuse or the fact that he was not fulfilling his role with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. "The dealers are used to people buying twenty dollars` worth, or forty or maybe sixty, but you pull out a wad of hundreds and tell then you want five hundred dollars` worth. They can't even keep five hundred dollars` of crack in their mouths." Scar Tissue is one of those books that will leave you emotionally tired after reading it. For those looking for an anthology of Red Hot Chili Peppers recordings this is not the book for you, indeed Anthony's addictive lifestyle take up more of the pages than his musical accomplishments. When music is written about it is not what one might expect being in such a huge band, recording sessions were always a matter of the other three band members jamming while Anthony sat in the corner trying to pen lyrics in his own inimitable way, and concerts were a drug induced blur during the earlier days. This is a book that I saw as much more of a warning than anything else; here we have a man with immense talent and money really struggling to find contentment in his life. While reading the book I started recognising patterns in the behaviour of Anthony, he would meet a girl and fall instantly in love with her, declare to one and all that this was the woman he was going to marry, and then descend into week long drug binges when the relationship broke down. I realised that for Anthony Kiedis everything had to be full on to satisfy his addictive personality - every woman was the one he would marry, every drug binge would be the last and every musical experience had to border on the spiritual. Above all else though I came away from reading the book thinking what a thoroughly nice person Anthony Kiedis is, and that's not an easy conclusion to reach for a man who stole from an early age, was a self confessed bully at school and was a habitual abuser of narcotics. I got the feeling that with the right mentor he could have avoided such a self destructive lifestyle, but then again that would have altered the often pained lyrics he penned with perhaps the groups best known song "Under the Bridge" not being written. (The song is about the loneliness of heroin addiction). So this is a book for fans of the group that don't need to know the minutiae of every song produced, but rather the often tortured mind of the man behind them. It is also a fascinating insight into the fame and notoriety game in this celebrity obsessed world we live in today. The book is a hefty 465 pages in hardback with a nice smattering of pictures throughout, I found it a compelling read and devoured it in large doses, always wanting to know what lay ahead for Kiedis - but almost afraid to read what I often knew was coming. A mesmerizing story which I award four stars out of five. "And when I think - "Man, a fucking motel room with a couple of thousand dollars` worth of narcotics would do me right," I just look over at my dog and remember that Buster's never seen me high." Published by Time Warner ISBN: - 0-316-72672-9 £13.29 new at Amazon.co.uk

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                  Scar Tissue is Anthony Kiedis’s searingly honest memoir of a life spent in the fast lane. In 1983, four self-described “knuckleheads” burst out of the mosh-pitted mosaic of the neo-punk rock scene in L.A. with their own unique brand of cosmic hardcore mayhem funk. Over twenty years later, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, against all odds, have become one of the most successful bands in the world. Though the band has gone through many incarnations, Anthony Kiedis, the group’s lyricist and dynamic lead singer, has been there for the whole roller-coaster ride. Whether he’s recollecting the influence of the beautiful, strong women who have been his muses, or retracing a journey that has included appearances as diverse as a performance before half a million people at Woodstock or an audience of one at the humble compound of the exiled Dalai Lama, Kiedis shares a compelling story about the price of success and excess. Scar Tissue is a story of dedication and debauchery, of intrigue and integrity, of recklessness and redemption -- a story that could only have come out of the world of rock.