"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
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.
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.
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
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.
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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.
The way different music effected him and brought back memories.
I actually wish it would have been Steven Tylor doing the performance.
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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!
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.
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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.
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.
I loved him describe when he first showed Cyrinda Fox the lake house.
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.
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.
the book is mildly entertaining but pretty self indulgent. I dont intend finishing it.
If you like Steven Tyler and/or Aerosmith, yes. Otherwise probably not.
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.
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.
If you are a fan of Steven Tyler or Aerosmith it is worth the listen.
I found this book disjointed.
Tatum O'Neil-A Paper Life
Right on- could just imagine Steven Tyler speaking himself.
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