As lead singer and songwriter for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis has lived life on the razor's edge. Much has been written about him, but until now we've only had his songs as clues to his experience from the inside. In Scar Tissue, Kiedis proves himself to be as compelling a memoirist as he is a lyricist, giving us a searingly honest account of the life from which his music has evolved.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are that rare breed of rock band: critically lauded and popularly embraced by millions of fans, their albums consistently sell into the stratosphere - their CD Californication sold over 13 million copies alone.
Now, in Scar Tissue, Anthony Kiedis defies the rock star clichés. In his telling, we can see everything he has done has been part of a passionate journey. Kiedis is a man "in love with everything" - the darkness, the death, the disease. Even his descent into drug addiction was a part of that journey; another element that he has transformed into art. Scar Tissue is a fascinating account of a fast-lane life, addiction, and a moving story of eventual recovery and redemption.
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"Kiedis’s narrative of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ dues-paying years is vivid and inspiring." (Newsweek)
Just started listening to audiobooks and have found I really love them! I mostly listen when I run/walk but am now adding other activities.
I enjoyed hearing the musical biography of Anthony Kedis and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
I wanted to hear more stories about the music, the band, the road to stardom, behind-the-scenes stories, etc. I would have cut out a lot of the sex stories, which seemed grandiose anyway. This seemed more like a sexual memoir more than anything. I caught myself rolling my eyes a lot. There were a couple other stories in there where I thought, "Really?! C'mon!" There are some egotistical parts that seem seriously embellished and unbelievable. I don't want to say which ones because I don't want to ruin the book for anyone.
From the book it sounds like success just fell into Anthony Kedis' lap. He just happened to know these guys who had a band, and because he danced and thrashed around (because he didn't have any musical talent) he became the lead singer. Also, sobriety seemed very casual to him, like that was easy and just fell into his lap too, despite repeated relapses. Although I listened through the whole book, I have less respect for Anthony Kedis now than I did before listening. I don't think that should happen, but it did.
Rock biographies are my favorite genre so, eventually, I had to read Scar Tissue. Full disclosure: I've been putting it off for 2 years because I haven't really liked the RHCP since Blood Sugar Sex Magik. (Though I adore Flea.) So, I finally downloaded Scar Tissue. First, let me say, I think the narrator is - while not terrible - certainly not worthy and didn't make me feel like I was listening to the words of Anthony Kiedis. It was like listening to a 17 year old high school junior reading Anthony Kiedis. (Go ahead, listen to the sample.) Because of this, I could never really get completely immersed in the book. His young, squeaky, and innocent voice didn't vibe with the often dark and always debaucherous tales. But if you can past that, which I couldn't quite do all the time, then the story being shared is essentially this: Anthony's dad was the kind of parent who made his kid be his hang out and drug buddy so AK developed unhealthy drug and girl habits very early in life and has pretty much been to be unable to control these urges for most of his life. "OK", you might say. "That's the story of rock-n-roll!" Yeah, true. But usually reading a rock bio makes me like the band and the person even more because I form a connection and deeper appreciation of the artist and the music. Well, perhaps I do feel a bit of that but I was disappointed nonetheless. Kiedis came off as decent guy who's very easily distracted, a little outrageous, and a lot immature. Oh, wait. Maybe that narrator did a good job after all!
Not only is this book completely entertaining through out the entire pligrimage of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kiedis makes you feel as if you were actually right there living the whole experience with him. I have always enjoyed RHCP but now through hearing about his memories and relationships with the band members, I can honestly say that I have a new found appreciation for the band. One thing I also really enjoyed thanks to youtube- is that as you are listening, you can watch parts of concerts or interviews Kiedis refers to in the novel which provides an excellent reality to his work and its really amusing to know what his thoughts are as he's singing or strung out.. Also, the way Anthony describes his struggle with addiction is riviting.. you truly learn what an addict dreams and feels everyday. I would highly reccomend this book to anyone who wants to listen to entertaining book that opens your mind to a story about a struggling drug addict facing the realities of success, fame and funky music :)
Its like he is talking to you as a friend, I loved it!
I leaned a lot about myself, and understand more about the dark side of addiction...
This was a great story, especially if you're a fan of The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Anthony Keidis's story is amazing. It's a wonder their band has persevered and achieved such a high level of fame over the last 20 years despite his severe drug abuse. I would highly recommend this book.
Facinating, pathetic, mind-numbing
Very insightful explanation and person experiences relating to lyrics of "Scar Tissue"
Overall very good narration and shifting of voices made it seem like you were listening to actual characters.
Times when Anthony Keidis realized the joy of his own sobriety
Was a great fan of the RHCP before book and now, with explanations of odd song lyrics and history I've become even more enamored by them.
Jimi Hendrix had a similar story
Yes it was a deeply moving story the best I have read yet
"Touching, inspiring, informative."
I've read Scar Tissue on two separate occasions in the past and it was always "my favourite book", "the best book I've ever read" when I told friends about it.
However, even with such high praise for the book, my first listen (of many, I'm sure) to Scar Tissue on Audible was a very fulfilling experience.. the honesty, emotion and passion thrown into each and every sentence by Anthony Keidis is one thing but Rider Strong's narration is exceptional.. from his impersonations of Flea to a kiwi fling of Anthony's, or even the up and down emotions of Anthony Keidis himself.. Rider Strong's performance is top notch!!
The stories told in this book are unbelievable, but told with a brutal honesty that makes them believable, and they're told in a way that makes you feel like you were there.. there before the Chili Peppers, there with the band through all their ups and downs and their at the end in disbelief that the book's over, and now all you have left to do is listen to the Red Hot Chili Peppers' discography that you have reacquainted yourself with along the way.
By the way, this isn't a bad thing..
For any Red Hot Chili Peppers fans out there this is a must!! for anybody else out there, welcome to the World of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
"A bit disappointing"
I actually found this a little bit tedious and I felt like turning it off after the millionth time he went on a drugs binge, sorry: "Run". Interesting I suppose - but I really wanted to hear more about the music.
Perfect book in my opinion especially with the correlation between my life currently and Anthony's life, it helped me in ways I bet he didn't think was possible and I thank him for that, a real pleasure to stumble across this, being a huge chili fan I was expecting something rather different but instead got hit with raw, behind the scenes back story and emotive narrative.
Bravo mr keidis
"A great insight into a troubled soul"
I've been a huge fan of the RHCP for 20 years and really enjoyed this book.
It gives a fascinating lookinto AKs troubled world of drug addiction and his relationships along the way.
I love to hear what the lyrics mean after listening to them so many times it makes so much sense now.
This book should put anyone off using drugs!
Interesting from beginning to end, a real rollercoaster story, with jaw dropping events throughout.
I didn't like the narrators impersonations, they were awful and an annoyance at times.
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great book I really recommend to rchp fans ,a very Interesting look at the look of Anthony's colourful and out bizarre life
"Red Hot stuff!"
The book is great already, but this is expertly narrated in a style that sounds believable. You could be mistaken for believing Rider to be the Kiedis is his youth, and by the time the book hits more modern times you are so absorbed in the suspension this no longer matters.
Scar Tissue is very gritty and honest, and holds back no punches. Whilst enjoyable, the contents of this book are both factual and extremely dark portraying the seedy and often dangerous lives of Anthony Kiedis and his father, and later friends and associates.
You do not need to be a fan of the band to enjoy this book, but you may want to listen to parts with access to YouTube at hand.
The only downside is the book end at 2004.
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Amazing book for anyone who wants to know how it is to be a slave to something and still at the top of the world. A must read!
"Well he had sex a lot an matched this with drugs"
To be honest parts of the book made me hate Antony, but other sections literally explained RHCP music an his feeling. Which is amazing, an utterly endearing. It's a bizarre life, it's a story worth knowing.
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