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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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    Autumn Eden 09-24-12
    Autumn Eden 09-24-12 Member Since 2013
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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.

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    David 09-11-12
    David 09-11-12 Member Since 2014
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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.


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    dawn TAMPA, FL, United States 08-10-12
    dawn TAMPA, FL, United States 08-10-12 Member Since 2015

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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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    Kevin Alleyton, TX, United States 06-16-12
    Kevin Alleyton, TX, United States 06-16-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Damn he's full of himself"

    I'm not sure if I believe all his stories but it does give an inside view of the band. As I said in the headline, Tyler is full of himself. Would I recommend this book? It was hard to finish it, that's all I can say.

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    Susann 05-25-12
    Susann 05-25-12 Member Since 2014
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    What did you like best about Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?? What did you like least?

    It is interesting to learn how Steven Tyler came to be the star he is, but the story couldn't keep my attention.


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

    I enjoyed this book for a while, but not enough to finish it.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Malcoolm 04-30-12
    Malcoolm 04-30-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "No but screaming rock does..."
    What did you love best about Does the Noise in My Head Bother You??

    His use of language and his delivery of the story. Also, I am stunned that with all the drugs etc. he can remember details most would not remember.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The honesty.


    What about Jeremy Davidson???s performance did you like?

    It felt like he was telling a story and not reading it. I kept forgetting it was not Steven who was narrating. His inflections etc. were spot-on narrating.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Too many to mention.


    Any additional comments?

    Steven is extremely talented as a blues musician but I find his high-pitched screaming/singing tough to listen to. (The last part of the book was read by Tylerico himself)

    I do respect him as an author and performer.

    As a photographer, I'd love to shoot him and Joe Perry. I have shot Jimi and Marley.

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    renee United States 01-25-12
    renee United States 01-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    Starts a bit slow and a little out there but picks up. Overall was pretty good book

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    scott palm desert, ca, United States 11-13-11
    scott palm desert, ca, United States 11-13-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Any Aerosmith fan must listen."

    Steven did a great job with this book,. I got a real insight to the workings of this influencing band...I found it funny how Steven Tyler would use the English language through out his writing, maybe trying a little too hard to make it more interesting but overall fun to listen.

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    Joe Bolton, Ontario, Canada 10-17-11
    Joe Bolton, Ontario, Canada 10-17-11
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    "Fascinating and Entertaining!"

    I loved this book! Jeremy Davidson's narrating comes close to the Steve Tyler voice and attitude. I felt as though Steve Tyler was in my car chatting with me. He lays it all out on the line and is brutally honest. I really feel that I now have a deep insight of what it would be like to be in a band like Aerosmith, or at least what it might be like to live life like Steve Tyler does. Loved every page of it! Dream on!

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    Anita RICHMOND, TEXAS, United States 09-25-11
    Anita RICHMOND, TEXAS, United States 09-25-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A little disappointed."

    I'm a middle-aged babyboomer who grew up listening to Aerosmith. I'm a huge fan and have seen them in concert a couple of times so when I saw this audio I decided to give it a chance. I almost stopped listening to it after the first couple of chapters. The stories of drug use, sexual activities, etc were really starting to put me out. I did stick it out and I'm glad I did because the rest of the book was more interesting. The narrator did a good job but I was disappointed that Tyler didn't read his own book. The interview with Tyler at the end of the book was a real bonus. I can't decide if he's as immature as this book implies or is it just a facade. I heard that Tyler said that young people should read his book so they would see how drug use can ruin your life. Maybe, 18 or older but I don't think it's appropriate for anyone younger. I'm less of a fan of Tyler as a person after listening to this book but I still love Aerosmith's music!

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