This reads as unadulterated Steven Tyler, his language, his world view, coming through clear. What really makes the book worthwhile is Tyler's love of music and his focus on that. The narrator is fine, though sounds like more of a tough guy than Tyler himself.
Yes the endless litany of drugs, the sense of a whole life spent stoned, is a little disappointing, but that's part of the Tyler package...love of music and language and a mostly unexamined love of altered states...
Like all rock star books that I've read in the past, it's your typical super-talented, super-successful, rockstar, drug addict, self-proclaimed rock god, book that I absolutely love to read/listen to. I don't think the book comes off as well as is could have with Jeremy Davidson narrating it. Especially after hearing the last 15 minutes, that was actually narrated by Steven Tyler. His narration puts a completely different perspective on the book. When he talks about his children and the band, you can hear the love and the self-disappointment in his voice. You can actually hear Steven think as he speaks. You can tell he lived it. The ups and downs. You can't be a drug addict for decades and not screw up everybody around you. Only the great Steven Tyler can Tylerize words like Steven Tyler. He makes his living with words, he invented laying the smack down like no other! He has his own unique vocabulary. Steven sounds his age in the narration and Jeremy sounds like the younger Steven Tyler who is completely full of himself. It just doesn't do the book justice. Keif' Richards had Johnny Depp do his narration and it sounded great! Hey Steven, go back and do the narration yourself. The book deserves it!
This book couldn't have been any better unless Steven had narrated it himself. It is very thoughtful, entertaining, and well written. I became so engrossed while listening to it, that I felt like I was sitting down one on one with him. This could be in part good writing / good narrating. You get to hear his side of the tabloid writings, his side of the band feuds, his side of the marital problems, etc. There is so much musical theory in this book as well that I could sit down and listen to it again to get more understanding of it. On a side note.....Steven Tyler "IS" Aerosmith. There would not be an Aerosmith if Steven was not fronting it. The boys are excellent musicians without a doubt but IMO, they would not have gotten where they are today without Steven on vocals.
Jeremy Davidson, brings life to Steven Tyler, so much so, that when one hears the voice of the actual Tyler at the end, its a serious disappointment. The only hitch is that there is just too much talk about drugs to the point that you want to skip the part...but you cant, as Steven is all over the place and you might just miss some of his golden words in a way only Tyler can conjure. As another reviewer said, if the songs he talks about could also play alongside, this would be a book better than 5 stars. If they do take out another version with songs included, I would buy this book again. Despite these drawbacks, this is one book I would like to hear again. Also, printed autobiographies always have photographs, this should be incorporated into the audio book.
Long winded, not always linear, from the heart
This is pure Steven Tyler so there is alot of phallic symbolism, sexual inuendo and over description of situations. It's great!!
Sounds like Steven Tyler...like he's from the same place, speaking the way Steven Tyler would.
Interested in historical fiction, intriguing characters and foreign cultures.
Surely Tyler's got more interesting stories from his adult years than how many girls and drugs he did? Maybe it got less raunchy further into the second half... I don't know, I had to turn it off. It was such a drastic change from the first half of funny, not raunchy stories from his childhood and teen years when Aerosmith began.
Yes. I have Sammy Hagar's Red in my wish list but I'm reluctant to buy it.
?? Tyler's THE character.
I'd have to take a look at the second half to figure out why it's SO disconnected from the first half which I loved.
If you want to hear a lot of bragging about how many drugs and girls Tyler did, you'll like it. The second half anyway. The first half is humorous and endearing.
Having watched the antics of Aerosmith over the year, this book felt more inside Steven's head. There's more to him than just Aerosmith and I found him to be sensitive, kind and yet still a bit crazy. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Steven's comments at the end made it even better.
Reading this book is like listening to Steven's lyrics.
It felt like Steven Tyler was telling the story himself. The audio made this book. I've talked to my friends who "read" the book and it just doesn't compare. Props to Jeremy Davidson. He couldn't have done it any better.
This is an awesome book! I could not put it down, his almost peotic way of writing will keep you gripped the whole way. Jeremy Davidson does an exceptional job of capturing Tylers attitude and grace as he dance's around the chapters of his life. I love the fact that it doesnt follow an accurate chronological portrayal, more just life as Tyler remembers it, sometimes through a drunken drug filled haze, but aways with a great message and plenty of style.
Will read it again and again...
I have been an Aerosmith fan since the late 70's and know all their music. This book marks Rock n Roll history. These guys live the Rock n Roll fantasy to the limit and almost to the point of disaster. One of the best book yet. Steven opens up and spills it all out, holding nothing back. There guys are rock legends. I highly recommend this one.