"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
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.
Great tell-all of an American Icon. I really enjoyed all the details behind the music. Steve Tyler himself should have read for the audio, though. He is a like-able person and he has the true rock and roll life style...I'm glad he is alive to tell the tales and keep making more. Aerosmith really is a great rock band but the best in the world???? At least Mr Tyler thinks so! Couldn't put this book 'down'.
This is the typical book you would expect from a "Rock Star"... featuring most of his sexual conquests. There is a lot more to this man, (I think), but he doesn't really reveal it in this book. His talent is beyond measure but he doesn't talk about it except in his ability to rhyme. Interesting book.... He speaks at the end about the songs Aerosmith and he are famous for. Also interesting. Credit worthy if you are into bios and Aerosmith.
I LOVED this book! He does not disappoint and the narrator made this story come alive for me. Having grown up in the Boston area and attending the early concerts, it was awesome for us locals to have the bragging rights that Aerosmith was our hometown band!
An inside look at the life and almost death of a rock star; this book is a wild ride. He is a master with words and has a unique brand of wisdom thrown throughout the book. I enjoyed the journey through his life and it really made me appreciate my normal, non-druggie lifestyle.
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.
For years I believed that Aerosmith was one of the lucky bands. A band who finally found enduring staying power because they had ditched the pharmacological crutch that typified their early years, and were able to draw from the darkness music that was able to reach people on a deep level. I'm not sure that's the case any longer.
When I saw this audiobook available earlier today I very quickly spent a credit to get it. Everyone knows that Steve Tyler is a world class wordsmith, and the book being written as if he just dictated it CAN be entertaining. For me the problems arrive with the first three chapters (as far as I've gotten so far) glorifying his use of drugs. Three hours into it I know that he spent his teenage years drunk, high, and tripping. That's a pretty common story for people in his age range. However, where most of his colleagues look back on that time feeling lucky to have made it out the other side, he seems to look back on those experiences as the "good 'ol days". Don't get me wrong these events are all part of who made him the man he is, but where is the redemption? Where is the acknowledgement that he got lucky? Does he never look back at his Janice Joplin, Jimmi Hendrix, Kieth Moon, John Bohnam, or any of the other musical greats whom he idolized, and realize that he is lucky to have avoided their fates? Sadly at the three hour mark the answer is "No". To be fare, drugs aren't the only things that he idolizes. He also idolizes Woodstock, Hippie communes, and all sorts of "universal vibration" theories. Honestly he is not the man I hoped he was, but hey maybe the book will get better...
On the plus side, Jeremy Davidson does a fantastic job giving voice to the hallucinogenic tripe that has so far been vomited onto the page.
I am a 40 something year old who grew up listening to Aerosmith. However, I have heard more about sex and drugs in this book than I ever wanted to. And the language is totally outrageous. It's sad that one of the greatest lead singers in the history of bands decided to take this route to stardom. Just think what he could have accomplished had he not been drunk and stoned all the time. Caution to all parents: do not let your children, especially teenagers read this book. Tyler talks extensively about how easy it is to get "legal" drugs. I would hate to see this book breed a generation of "legal" drug addicts.
If this is truly an accurate account of his life, I have to say it makes me sad to think that by purchasing his music, I had any part in funding his addictions.
I think this book might be good if you had a time machine and/or bad taste
No, actually I LOVE LOVE LOVE rock & roll books. This, however, was cheesy and such regurgitation that I had to PLOW through it as if it was a job! There was nothing new here, either to a seasoned, avid rock reader like me, or to a neophyte, as evidenced by a friend who listened to some of it. By the way, I loved Walk This Way, the Aerosmith autobiigraphy, so it is not the band, or the topic. This was old old old
No---His voice was even more annoying than the content
It was so awful, but I would start with cutting out 90% of Steven Tyler's sexual prowess and bragging. BORING.
Say something about yourself!
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.
yes because I am Steven Tylers biggest fan, & he is mine
Hit Hard (Joey Kramer)
Nothing, wish steve did it himself
You have to be an Aerosmith fan to love this book
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