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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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    Kevin Alleyton, TX, United States 06-16-12
    Kevin Alleyton, TX, United States 06-16-12 Member Since 2007
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susann Bowling Green, KY, United States 05-25-12
    Susann Bowling Green, KY, United States 05-25-12 Member Since 2011
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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
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    renee United States 01-25-12
    renee United States 01-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good book"

    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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    Lucinda WESTMINSTER, MD, United States 09-21-11
    Lucinda WESTMINSTER, MD, United States 09-21-11
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    "Bad read, good listen"

    I tried to read this book from the library and I was thrilled that I didnt actually spend any money on it, because it was awful. So much jumping around, "sounds," etc. I got the audiobook because I love Steven Tyler and I thought that listening would be much better and it was! Pretty entertaining, but very circular. It the "same old story, same old song and dance" over and over again. I wasnt impressed. The only good thing to say is that the narrator, did a FANTASTIC job at reading it, with lots of expression.

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    Wayne Boca Raton, FL, United States 09-12-11
    Wayne Boca Raton, FL, United States 09-12-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun"

    Fun Book. Steve all over the place. I would say yes to this interesting romp though S T's life. Fact behind the songs are the best part.

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    Wendykenney. Mesa, AZ, United States 08-29-11
    Wendykenney. Mesa, AZ, United States 08-29-11
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    "Sex, Drugs, and Rock n' Roll, A Primer"

    If you're looking for an education in sex, drugs, and rock'n roll, then this book will not disappoint. Steven (please don't call him Steve) goes into all aspects of his over 40 years of "living the dream" and some of his recounts are very graphic.

    This book isn't as much an autobiography as it is a response to all of the people who have written or shared info about him in the past. It's more of a "well yeah, but you were doing drugs too," kind of thing.

    This book reads like a school boy's recount of the "good old days." The years of drug addiction, sex addiction and codependency (he says he's been treated for all of those) are recalled almost with a romantic fondness. And, unless I missed it, nowhere in the book is there a an expression of remorse over the lives that were affected or promises that were broken.

    I do give Steven kudos for telling his side of the story. You get the sense of who this man is and this is what I see; enigmatic, funny, rebellious, egocentric, family-loving, contradicting, brilliant and more. I also give him kudos for voluntarily going to rehab as many times as he has. You can't help but love him though. I wish him all the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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