"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'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.
Great story behind a legend. I wanted to hear more of how Steven came up with other songs. I loved his taste in his influence when he was growing up. I wish he would've narrated his own story but it is still a must hear.
Great listen. A lot of respect for his talent for walking (drawing) the line of dirty rocknroll and soulful ballads. He had it all; the voice, the look, the hooks, the personality and the lyrics. He got caught up in it and Dug himself out everytime. Should've been a better father though but a very cool dude.
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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.
For any boomer, who did drugs or not, this book is a time machine to our youth. By the end I was very glad that I wasn't Steven Tyler and I felt very sorry for him and his ego-centric life and lack of personal growth. He says he's spiritual. I'll take his word for it but I didn't get that from the book. The reader is brilliant. Usually I prefer books read by the author BUT Steven Tyler reads the last chapter and.... THANK GOD he didn't read the first 12.5 hours, I couldn't have listened for very long.
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.
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