Scar Tissue: Red Hot Chili Peppers
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His autobiography is the story of a narcissistic characterless hustler, written by a narcissistic characterless hustler.
I laughed out loud when I read the part about Tony going to meet the Dali Lama, he was told that the Dali was booked for 3 years so it would not be possible! I remember my sister playing Blood Sugar Sex Magik constantly when I was about 9, but since then, I completely lost track of the band. Later, he reveals that he was not actually clean, as he claimed at the time, during the late-nineties Californication era of the band's existence. It would have been more straightforward for him to have diluted his stories and provided a more palatable collection of memoirs for the general public, but that’s not Kiedis.I also got a kick out the time he was in his car infront of a seedy Motel trying to score heroin when he sees a family "down on their luck" pull into the Motel, they had a Red hot chili pepper bumper sticker and the young kids were all wearing RHCP t-shirts (this made Tony Baloney feel sad) WHATEVER, liar, liar pants on fire.
Kiedis released Scar Tissue in 2004, and although it was incredibly honest, revelations in the book have negatively impacted his reputation. I did know that both she and my 24 year old son love Red Hot Chili Peppers and I knew you were in it. All in all I would have given this book 5 stars had the continuous cycle of drug abuse and rehab not gotten a little monotonous. Kiedis was his own worst enemy and yes its great that he's sober and doing well now, and at least he admits he is an egomaniac but damn.
The producers include Kiedis, Chilis manager Guy Oseary, and Brian Grazer ( A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13). He reflected that it had the best final sentence on the list, as Kiedis reflects that he stays sober for his dog. Though the band has gone through many incarnations, Anthony Kiedis, the group's lyricist and dynamic lead singer, has been there for the whole roller-coaster ride. Both crafted mind-numbing lyrics in the City of Light, trolling the back alleys, canyons and mountain retreats of the West Side.
Scar Tissue includes anecdotes about relationships that reflect extremely poorly on Kiedis and paint him in a dour light. By his own admission, he is a swordsman par excellence and gushes over his conquests, yet maintains a modicum of respect for them.And so whatever shame, pain or difficulty or discomfort I went through, then it was worth it because I get so many people coming up to me saying their kids had read it and got their act together because of it. In contrast to Agassi’s pained humanity and Richard’s victorious lightness, Kiedis comes off as a controlling bandleader flourishing mid-career propelled by a prodigious work ethic and titanic narcissism. Beyond the predictable struggles with drugs, sordid vignettes with legions of model-actresses and similarly hyphenated rock sycophants (roadie-pot dealer, girlfriend-masseuse), is the story of male friendship or in popular parlance, a bromance. i'm really surprised at how far he's been able to go in life with all the craziness that is described in the book.
SCAR TISSUE far transcends the typical rock biography, because Anthony Kiedis is anything but a typical rock star. He is just incredibly full of himself from childhood to adulthood and everything in between, and it was hard to sympathize or feel bad for any of the stupid situations he got himself into.It went something along the lines of- "You don’t have to like the person to enjoy the book and find some worth in it. The road to get Scar Tissue to the screen (big and small) has been a series of stop-starts, having originally been optioned for HBO and FX before the rights landing now on Universal's desk.