In the tradition of the megabestseller Life by Keith Richards, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry opens up for the first time about the wild inside story of his life in the legendary band he cofounded in 1970 - which is still going strong today.
In Rocks, Joe Perry exposes his unrepentant, unbridled life as the lead guitarist of Aerosmith. He delves deep into his volatile, profound, and enduring relationship with singer Steve Tyler and reveals the real people behind the larger-than-life rock gods onstage. The nearly five-decade saga of Aerosmith is epic, at once a study in brotherhood and solitude that plays out on the killing fields of rock and roll.
With record-making hits and colossal album sales, Aerosmith has earned their place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But theirs is ultimately a story of endurance, and it starts almost half a century ago, with young Perry, the rebel whose loving parents wanted him to assimilate but who quit school because he didn't want to cut his hair. He met Tyler in a restaurant in New Hampshire and swayed him from pop music to rock and roll, and it didn't take long for the "Toxic Twins" to skyrocket into a world of fame and utter excess.
From the megasuccessful song and music video with Run DMC, "Walk This Way", to the realization that he couldn’t pay his room service bill, Perry takes a personal look into the human stories behind Aerosmith, the people who enabled them, the ones who controlled them, and the ones who changed them. In his own words, Rocks is the whole story: "the loner’s story, the band’s story, the recovery story, the cult story, the love story, the success story, the failure story, the rebirth story, the redestruction story, the postdestructive rebirth story".
©2014 Joe Perry and David Ritz (P)2014 Simon & Schuster Audio
This book is so much more than a "Rock 'N Roll" memoir - it is a story of Joe Perry's passion and his deep, intense love for those closest to him. It is about the music - the creativity, the performance, the passion, the drive. It's about the love - the love he has for his family, for his wife, for his children, for his bandmates.
I think I enjoyed the audio version of this book much more because of hearing Joe's inflection and emotion when he read the book. That inflection and deeper meaning derived from it really brought the book to life and allowed me, the listener, an "inside look".
There were 2 moments in the book that were very moving for me - I was almost in tears when I listened to Joe describe his father's battles with cancer, his death, and the deep love and respect he had for his father. The second moment was really a series of moments throughout the book as he described his deep and abiding love for his wife, Billie, and his children. I could viscerally "feel" the intense love and deep respect he has for them and how he nurtures and protects his relationships with them.
I recommend this book for anyone who truly wants to understand what it means to follow your passion completely and unapologetically and with deep passion and drive.
I read the book that was written by Steven Tyler and his side of his career in relationship with Joe Perry my belief is that Joe Perry told with the way it really was
Part rags to riches to rags to riches success story, part Music Business 101, part lesson in drug addiction, part lesson in love and marriage, part intelligent loner rocker taking a philosophical look back his band and his life, and yes, part rant at unscrupulous managers and at frontman Tyler with whom Perry obviously has a classic love/hate relationship. At the end of the book you feel like you've spent the day with that quirky neighbor who can get on people's nerves but about whom you say, "I just love that guy."
Joe Perry came from an upper middle class family, quit prep school rather than cut his hair, then took a job a manual labor job while he pursued his music career. That determination, drive, and stubbornness never left him.
Later in their careers the band was listening to a song which Tyler suggested they cover. Didn't happen, "That's our song", he was told. Shades of Spinal Tap here and when Perry describes attending Aerosmith concert after he quit the band.
Surprising how many times this Toxic Twin talks about wanting his dad's love and approval.
Overall great read.
I loved how this story was narrated by Joe himself and covered his childhood in Massachusetts to his worldwide travels. I felt there was much learned by Joe throughout the years and that he shared his values and growth as a person. Most of all I liked that I got a glimpse into Aerosmith's challenges throughout their career and some insights into the personalities of the entire band.
He seemed very earnest and warm - like you were sitting having a beer with a friend.
Yes. I listened in my car and was never bored. In fact I found myself making excuses so I could spend more time in the car listening. While I'm not sure I could listen in one entire sitting, I sure looked forward to hearing more every day and never wanted it to end.
I am a big Joe Perry fan with that being said, I was in awe to hear his story narrated by Joe himself. That was a treat - wow! The book was very honest and must have been difficult to revisit some of the struggles and dark times in his life. He always struck me as a shy and private person so to put his life out there spoke volumes. I personally would listen to it again because I enjoy some of the history of the group and who he became.
What I liked best was hearing what it important to him in the end. It wasn't fame or fortune.
What moved me was hearing his battles and his admissions.
I have this book in autographed hardcover also which is a prized possession. But hearing his voice tell the story was like listening to him face to face which is very cool. I feel I know the person Joe Perry a little bit better.
Anthony Ferrara Jr
I am an even bigger Joe Perry Fan after hearing this. Joe Perry tells about the highs and lows of his life, his relationship with his Aerosmith Brothers and what inspired him to not accept no as an answer when it came to what he wanted to do with his life. The story he tells keeps you captivated and you will not want to press pause or stop. Joe tells it like it is and does not leave out any parts, whether they be good or bad. Great book Joe!!!
It felt like Joe was sitting in your living room just talking about the history of the band. When things were unbelievable, you could hear in his voice that he still shock at how unbelievable it was. Joe is a very well spoken and articulate man. He tells a good story about the good times and the really, really bad times.
Finding out that Joe is human. He can be insecure. He can get lonely. He loves his family. He knows showbiz is fake and that it's his job. Joe is as down to earth as the get. Good people.
Again, the feeling that Joe was sitting in the same room with you answering all of your question and telling you more than you knew to ask.
I think the title is good. Joe Perry. ROCKS. My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith.
I really enjoyed this audiobook. I heard it said one time if you want to be disappointed, meet your heroes. I was really surprised that Joe is a well, a regular Joe. It gave a deeper respect for him.
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