"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.
I know celebs can get a bit "heady", but Steven went over the edge. Most of his tales I found very hard to believe and insincere. Somebody needs to explain the correct definition of "Lead Singer Disease" (LSD), he totally misses the point.
Aerosmith as a whole ROCKS.
Loved it, great narration and flow through decades of an amazing talent in music industry.
Could not put it down. Thank you Mr. Tyler
I've listen to the books written by Stevens band mates and it sure is interesting to get different perspective from different sides of the the story. Just listening to the way Steven rambles on and jumps from subject to subject - the way he uses endless cliche and tries to sound more intelligent than he is - made me tired. And the arrogance! Oh man!
Now don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of Aerosmith and I recognize that Steven is probably the most important part of that band, but I totally understand where all of the friction amongst the group stems from. After listening to Joey Krammers book and Joe Perry's, it seemed like Steven was writing very defensively in answer to the claims made in his comrades two books. What seemed especially telling, is that Steven seems completely unapologetic about anything that he's ever done, while the other too do seem to have grown up through it all and now look back on everything with a little more wisdom and less bravado.
Over all, not a well written book, but surely interesting for any fan of Aerosmith and rock history.
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