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Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?: A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir | [Steven Tyler]

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

The son of a classical pianist straight out of the Bronx of old Archie comics, Steven Tyler was born to be a rock star. Weaned on Cole Porter, Nat King Cole, Mick and his beloved Janis Joplin, Tyler began tearing up the streets and the stage as a teenager before finally meeting his "mutant twin" and legendary partner, Joe Perry. In this addictively listenable memoir, Tyler unabashedly recounts the meteoric rise, fall, and rise of Aerosmith over the last three decades and riffs on the music that gives it all meaning.
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Publisher's Summary

"I've been mythicized, Mick-icized, eulogized and fooligized, I've been Cole-Portered and farmer's-daughtered, I've been Led Zepped and 12-stepped. I'm a rhyming fool and so cool that me, Fritz the Cat, and Mohair Sam are the baddest cats that am. I have so many outrageous stories, too many, and I'm gonna tell 'em all. All the unexpurgated, brain-jangling tales of debauchery, sex, drugs, transcendence, chemical dependence you will ever want to hear."

The son of a classical pianist straight out of the Bronx of old Archie comics, Steven Tyler was born to be a rock star. Weaned on Cole Porter, Nat King Cole, Mick, and his beloved Janis Joplin, Tyler began tearing up the streets and the stage as a teenager before finally meeting his "mutant twin" and legendary partner, Joe Perry. In this addictively listenable memoir, told in the playful, poetic voice that is uniquely his own, Tyler unabashedly recounts the meteoric rise, fall, and rise of Aerosmith over the last three decades and riffs on the music that gives it all meaning.

Tyler tells what it's like to be a living legend and the frontman of one of the world's most revered and infamous bands - the debauchery, the money, the notoriety, the fights, the motels and hotels, the elevators, limos, buses and jets, the rehab. He reveals the spiritual side that "gets lost behind the stereotype of the Sex Guy, the Drug Guy, the Demon of Screamin', the Terror of the Tropicana." And he talks about his epic romantic life and his relationship with his four children.

As dazzling, bold, and out-on-the-edge as the man himself, Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? is an all-access backstage pass into this extraordinary showman's life.

©2011 Steven Tyler (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Jay La Mirada, CA, United States 06-09-11
    Jay La Mirada, CA, United States 06-09-11
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    "Now that's Rock and Roll!!!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 05-20-11
    Barbara 05-20-11
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    "Do not waste your money or time"

    I truly disliked this book and I am a Steven Tyler fan. It was disjointed and jumped all over the place. It was difficult to see what he is really like behind all the bravado. Obviously, he is still the oldest living teenager in his mind kind of like Tommy Lee. That and the constant rhyming he does in the book seems childish. I couldn't finish it to the end.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 01-09-13
    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 01-09-13 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit

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    "Watch "Behind the Music" instead"

    I guess the fact that I've seen the Aerosmith "Behind the Music" episode on VH1 and have long been a fan of their music means there weren't going to be any earth-shattering surprises in this memoir for me. I have a lot of respect for Steven Tyler, his amazing talent, and his incredible resilience - but the book? I could take it or leave it. Maybe if he had narrated it himself I would've liked it more - I did find the narration to be a mismatch. The sex, drugs, and rock n roll are all here - the story of his life and how he came to be a megastar is all here - if you are curious and want the racy details, then go ahead and give this one a try.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    K. Jacobson Minneapolis, MN 10-20-11
    K. Jacobson Minneapolis, MN 10-20-11 Listener Since 2010

    Should read more

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    "Steven has a unique way with way with words!"
    What made the experience of listening to Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? the most enjoyable?

    Getting to know Stephen as a person rather than just a lead singer. He has true emotion and feelings. His musical talent goes so much deeper than singing vocals for Aerosmith.
    I had no idea he had been in and out of treatment so many times and so recenlty even.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way different music effected him and brought back memories.


    What about Jeremy Davidson’s performance did you like?

    I actually wish it would have been Steven Tylor doing the performance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Hi! My name is Stephen and I am an . He's done it all!


    Any additional comments?

    I wish since this was an audio book, that everytime they referenced another song, a songwriter, a singer or anything like that that they could have played a bit of it. That would have made this audio book over the top!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Pflugerville, TX, United States 06-09-11
    Karen Pflugerville, TX, United States 06-09-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Egotistical, yet Loving"

    Growing up in the 70's, I listened to Aerosmith's music, but never even knew the leader singer's name. It's only since Idol that I became curious about Steven Tyler. As a long standing member of a 12 step program, I have heard all the excuses for drug abuse, and this book is full of them. I enjoyed hearing about his climb to the top, but was sad that he hurt so many people along the way. It could have been a couple of hours shorter and the narrator's voice was grating, but overall I enjoyed it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    crissy Saint Louis, MO, United States 03-08-14
    crissy Saint Louis, MO, United States 03-08-14

    reading tarot, charting astrology, Delphi dice, I Ching, 3 types of Reiki healing, Chakra healing. Heavy Metal,Writing erotica. So much more

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    "A journey into the mind of a lyrical genius"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would most certainly recommend this book to anyone I spoke to.
    I have been an aerosmith fan for over 42 years. I remember holding the very first album "Aerosmith" I would sit by the hour listening to the songs, while my fingertip would trace over the picture of Steven;s face. This audio book takes you on a journey into the mind of Steven, you hear all the juicy details that you always wondered about him, but could never find in any other book or interview. Steven does not hold back, he tells all. The good, the bad, and the ugly of his life. He takes you on a ride, a ride that you will never forget.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Does the Noise in My Head Bother You??

    I loved hearing Steven describe his obsession with sex. His love of nature. The way his brain works as related to music, beats, melody, tempo. I enjoyed hearing his love for his parents. I honestly believe that you will find something in his life that you will relate to, and he will take you inside that part of his life in depth. For the first time in any book I've ever read, Steven does not hold back. He goes balls to the walls.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved him describe when he first showed Cyrinda Fox the lake house.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This is a very long book. A little over 13 hours. Yet I listened to it in one day. I could not stop listening. I played it while i cooked, cleaned, took a bath, wrote a letter, worked on my computer. It is an obsession that you will not want to stop. An itch you cannot stop scratching.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen with ear buds in, so my husband was not bothered. He actually kept looking up from what he was doing so many times. I would laugh out loud every 15 minutes or more when i heard Jeremy Davidson reading the story. He has a flare very much in the same vein as Steven. Now I've met Steven, to meet him is to fall in love with him. But Jeremy has a real talent for making you believe Steven is whispering in his ear and he is relaying the story to you. Honestly buy this book and you will not only learn more about a band that you have loved for years, or just want to learn more about the man that you have heard so many outrageous stories about. And you will also be given a chance to ride a theme park thrill ride that never stops and goes on side journeys that will leave you breathless. You learn what he was thinking and what songs were written about. You learn what he was thinking when he was going through rough patches in his life. And best of all, you will see that Steven is not at the end of his life, he is very much an on going lyrical genius that will keep his fans thrilled for many, many, many more years to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Margate, Australia 02-07-13
    Rebecca Margate, Australia 02-07-13
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    "not impressed"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    the book is mildly entertaining but pretty self indulgent. I dont intend finishing it.


    Has Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Autumn Eden 09-24-12
    Autumn Eden 09-24-12 Member Since 2006
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    "That was a trip!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you like Steven Tyler and/or Aerosmith, yes. Otherwise probably not.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed some of his writing and phrasing but I couldn't help but think this must be a really odd and uncomfortable read for his family and his daughters in particular. If nothing else, I know that what you see is what you get with Steven. He is a quirky rocker through and through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David 09-11-12
    David 09-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Another Drug Addict Star Talks"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Although interesting it's yet another compilation from a drugged up rock start telling of his trials along his path in life and how awesome his highs were in making him successful.


    Was Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? worth the listening time?

    If you are a fan of Steven Tyler or Aerosmith it is worth the listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dawn TAMPA, FL, United States 08-10-12
    dawn TAMPA, FL, United States 08-10-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Not my cup of tea"
    What disappointed you about Does the Noise in My Head Bother You??

    I found this book disjointed.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Tatum O'Neil-A Paper Life


    What three words best describe Jeremy Davidson’s performance?

    Right on- could just imagine Steven Tyler speaking himself.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    boredom


    Any additional comments?

    An Aerosmith fan might like this

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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