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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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    Cargod63 palm desert, ca, United States 11-13-11
    Cargod63 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 2015
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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.

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    Nancy United States 08-08-11
    Nancy United States 08-08-11 Member Since 2015
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    "A screaming book"

    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'.

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    Linda 08-07-11
    Linda 08-07-11 Member Since 2008

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    "Interesting to Aerosmith/ Steven Tyler fans"

    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.

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    Debra Campton, NH, United States 07-28-11
    Debra Campton, NH, United States 07-28-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Steven Tyler is a wizzard of words"

    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.

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    Michael S. 05-09-11
    Michael S. 05-09-11 Member Since 2014
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    "I WAS a big Aerosmith fan..."

    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.

    9 of 18 people found this review helpful

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