In this "vivid and inspiring" NYT bestseller (Newsweek), the Red Hot Chili Peppers' lead singer and songwriter shares a searingly honest account of life in the rock scene's fast lane -- from the darkness into the light.
In 1983, four self-described "knuckleheads" burst out of the mosh-pitted mosaic of the neo-punk rock scene in L.A. with their own unique brand of cosmic hardcore mayhem funk. Over twenty years later, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, against all odds, have become one of the most successful bands in the world. 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. In Scar Tissue, Kiedis delivers a compelling life story from 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 transformed into art.
Whether he's honoring the influence of the beautiful, strong women who have been his muses or remembering the roaring crowds of Woodstock and the Dalai Lama's humble compound, Kiedis shares a compelling story about the price of success and excess. Scar Tissue is a story of dedication and debauchery, of intrigue and integrity, of recklessness and redemption -- a story that could only have come out of the world of rock.
Wow! Anthony leaves no details out of this book. He is so candid and honest and he has been through quite a lot in his life. I knew he had suffered some drug problems but I never knew to what extent. This is truly one of the longest books I have ever read by a famous musician and once again it’s because he is so graphic in a wonderful way. He is incredibly self-aware, descriptive and apologetic from any of his actions. This is without a doubt one of the best if not the best autobiography I have ever read. Thank you Anthony for sharing your life with us and please keep making music.55
This book is a pure page turner that any rhcp fan (or music fan) should read at least once in their life. Very insightful regarding the bands triumphs and struggles as well as Anthony‘s. 5 stars.55
Read this book in 3 days. Page turner. So good!55
A great autobiography. Anthony comes across as honest as they come. Tells the story of his unstructured childhood and the rise of the RHCP in matter of a fact fashion not focused on glorifying himself. Cool to see the relationships with his band mates. Great insight into his thinking during the battle with addiction. Interesting insight in his character as he strives and mostly succeeds in staying faithful to various girlfriends despite the temptations of the road. Like Anthony before respect him a lot more now.55
Scar Tissue really lets you get to know Anthony Kiedis' backstory and personality. The book presents us with a very personal and tragic story that ultimately plays out well. 5/7, perfect score! Would recommend.55
Great read. Especially if you're an addict or alcoholic or if your life has been affected by one.55
A great story of what it was really like to find your inner self, while at the same time creating an amazing band. A very personal and real story. Stay sober A.K. We are with you55
Awesome book-I'm obsessed with seeing the rhcp's in concert now....one of the few bands I haven't had the pleasure to see in person. Anthony's crazy and very gifted!55
Reading this book is mesmerizing, like watching a train wreck in super slow-mo, simultaneously wanting to make it stop while not being able to tear your eyes from the inevitable, fascinating wreckage. Whitnessing AK’s seemlingly endless battle with addiction unfold; descent into hell, recovery, pause, repeat, is painful. But, as the horror unfolds and the revolving door of muses float in and out of his life, he also gives a priveleged view into his creative process as well as that of an amazing group of artist, and the evolution of their music. All the joy, beauty, artistry, friendship and glee is there, along with the pain, loss, exaustion and powerlessness of addiction. This book offers insight to any fan of their music, and a cautionary tale of hope and redemption for those of us battling similar demons. Thank you Swan, for sharing your journey with us.55
Such an unexpected beautiful journey. Thanks for such an unabashed look at yourself and your life.55