Scar Tissue

Scar Tissue

by Anthony Kiedis, Larry Sloman

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401381769
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 10/01/2004
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 100
Sales rank: 52,920
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Anthony Kiedis. Grand Rapids (EE.UU.), 1962.- El músico estadounidense es conocido internacionalmente por ser vocalista y miembro fundador de la popular banda de funk-rock Red Hot Chili Peppers. Con más de cien millones de álbumes vendidos en todo el mundo, es considerada una de las formaciones más influyentes en la actualidad. Kiedis estudió en Fairfax High School, donde conoció a los que serían sus compañeros de banda, Hillel Slovak, Flea y Jack Irons. En una ocasión Kiedis contó que antes de ser amigo de Flea tuvieron un enfrentamiento, pero finalmente "nos unieron las fuerzas del dolor y el amor, nos hicimos virtualmente inseparables. Ambos éramos parias sociales, nos encontramos uno al otro y esto se convirtió en la amistad más duradera de toda mi vida". Aunque participó en varias bandas que no tuvieron relevancia, no fue hasta principios de 1982 cuando fundó el grupo, llamado por aquel entonces "Tony Flow & the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem". Sus compañeros eran Michael "Flea" Balzary en el bajo, quien aún pertenece al grupo, el batería Jack Irons y su excompañero Hillel Slovak, fallecido por sobredosis de heroína el 25 de junio de 1988. En 1983 cambiaron su nombre por el actual. El estilo vocal de Kiedis fue cambiando drásticamente según pasaban los años, y fue aprendiendo a controlar mejor su voz en cada álbum.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You do not have to be a hardcore RHCP fan to appreciate this book. I read it in one week laying in bed before going to sleep each night. There is not one dull moment. Most would think Flea would be the one with all the troubled past, but not so. Anthony Kiedis definitely holds nothing back in this book and his descriptions and articulate language is captivating. I have a new found appreciation for Anthony. Takes a lot of courage to open yourself up this way and let anyone who decides to read this book inside his mind. You will not be disappointed. I highly recommend it for any music enthusiast, or just your regular RHCP's fan. Your missing out if you don't pick this up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First and Foremost, Props to the Chili Peppers...Blood Sex Magic was apart of my college experience, and they command respect. With that said, I have a few observations. First, Anthony so desperately wants his readers to know what a ladies man he is. Why? I can understand writing about meaningful relationships and the effect they had on the author and his work, but in the end, my image of Anthony is weak and insecure for a couple of reasons: a) why does he feel so inclined to give such graphic detail to his sexual relations? I'm sure the women and their families really appreciated the detail. b) I grew tired and bored everytime he would say 'the second we meet I felt a connection and had to have her' or 'that was the most amazing sexual experience I ever had in my life'. Give me a break...these women come off as shallow party girls with starry eyes. Same old story as far as Rock Stars go. Your boy Jack Nicholson would never write a book detailing his sexual conquests, he has to much class and doesn't need the validation. I also find Anthony's attention to detail amazing when it comes to all his encounters with women, even though he was extremely loaded all the time, the verbal exchanges seem to be verbatum. I can barely remember the few encounters I had when I was young, and I'm only 32. And for those of you who feel that the redundant sexual detail are vital to the story, you're better off subscribing to Penthouse's Forum. Despite my aggressive stance on his 'womanizing' I did find value and insight on his battle with the dark energy that comes with his lifestyle. Anthony was honest. Drugs are fierce, and there is a dark spirit out there waging war for your soul. I felt his desperation and hopelessness. Addiction is no laughing matter.
Alyss10 More than 1 year ago
I didn't think that I would get such a great read from Anthony Kiedis. His lyricism is reflected through the writing and makes it a beautiful read. His story is shocking and outrageous and I couldn't help but feel compassion through his struggle with drug addiction. One of the best books I've read in a while. I could not put it down! I definitely recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book certainly delivered the insane stories of adventure, drug escapades, and life wisdom that i expected. For any fan of the chili peppers, whether diehard or casual, it is certainly worth the read. The book does get somewhat repetitive as the constant stories of drug abuse and sexual adventures become muddled together. However, it is still a gripping read and i would absolutely reccomend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will buy hardcopy to add to my collection. Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A poetic tell all tale of AK's journey from 13 year old drug user to rock & rolls biggest star. The words glide accross the page seemlessly as RHCP lyircs are connected with AK life experiences. Why wouldnt one of the greatest lyricists of all time NOT produce a masterpiece? Beautifully written. READ IT!
Fred_DeLeon More than 1 year ago
I'd recommend this book to anybody, even to those who aren't big fans of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Really great read! Check it out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read some of the more negative reviews, and I have to say I'm surprised by some of the comments. His crazy addictions to everything are a turn off? Really? What on earth did people expect from a rock star? I read some complaints that it was repetitive. That's part of the whole story of addiction. It IS's that behavior, doing the same crazy stuff over and over.....that is the hallmark of being an addict. Yes, this is raw, and at times , very disturbing. A.K. succeeded in capturing what it feels like to be in THAT deep , and he pulls no punches, nor does he glamorize any of it. Its not easy to show such a dark side of yourself, and I give him a lot of credit.
ash0902000 More than 1 year ago
Having its obvious moments of crudeness, this book gives you a new appreciation for his band. Anthony is a candid, honest character that speaks his mind. He gives you the play by play of how he is who he is a doesn't leave out the gory unflattering details to gain popularity. I have a new respect for him now. This book is a very quick read and enjoyable.
renealanis More than 1 year ago
This book was a remarkable story of Anthony Kiedis's life. The singer of Red hot chili peppers! After I read this book I bought all of his cds!!!! I highly recommend this book i could not put it down once I started reading it! It is pretty intense and alot of drugs he did, so if your not into that i wouldn't read it! What an awesome book! I will read it again and again and again!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Interesting to read, but if you want to know what the book is about, I can sum it up with the following: I was high, then I quit. I was high, then I quit. I was high, then I quit. I was get the picture. Gets stale after awhile and I question those who 'kiss and tell' in their bio books. I'm sure glad I was never in a relationship with Anthony Keidis or else I would have to explicitly read about it. He is too young to have written this book. Certainly he can't be hard up for money, but I question his motive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good read but was very heavy with fluff about every single sexual encounter he had. Some of that peppered in is fine but it started to get a little boring reading about girl after girl. I did respect the parts where Anthony opens up about his family and some of the sadness he has had to endure. I'd recommend it but be ready to skim through some repetitive sex and drug abuse stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes laugh, makes your jaw drop, and sometimes just gives you that warm fuzzy feeling. Never a dull moment
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So far so good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I still wouldn't let anyone just read this because of some the photos and mentioned acts of mayhem.
holeshot More than 1 year ago
while it takes balls to open yourself up like keidis does in this tell all. i cannot continue to support a band that allows someone to routinely subject everyone in his path to this's one thing to have a raging drug problem i can empathize with that. plus it makes for great story telling but where i draw the line is at anthony's penchant for underage girls on several occassions he talks in great detail about the girls he's been with and several were nothing more than girl he sleeps with and takes to the next town on their tour is 14. yet another is as anthony puts it"a few days from her 16 birthday". went from being stoked to read this book to disgusted in arist i've listened to since the beginning.this guy is a pedophile nothing more. and keidis if you read this dude just be very glad you never ran across my daughter,cause if you thought your drug addiction was an eight hundred pound gorrila as you reffered to it. i would be his twin brother. you owe some young girls lots of apologies. oh and by the way not one mention of your relationship with heidi klum hmmm i wonder why. could it be and i'm spitballing here,because she doesn't want to be associated with pedophile just a guess..... read the book for yourself and ask yourself how you would feel if one of these girls were your child.......
Guest More than 1 year ago
who knew u could go thru so much and still be alive. this book was so interestin i really did not want to stop reading. i would definitely recommend this book to ppl who want a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Your writting is amazing plz continue!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book and an easy read!
spicegirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although Anthony had an alternate upbringing with drugs and sex at the forefront which could be described as exciting and on the edge, I found the book to be a hard going read. The very idea of listing out every rock bottom and low Anthony hit along the way became very ho hum and bleak. Don't get me wrong - I am a RHCP fan, just not a fan of the drawn out, long drug induced rambles that is his life. Maybe I should have focused more on the fantastic journey the band endured, or is the two topics too intertwined to separate?
ragwaine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Seeing as I've been a musician all my life and someone who doesn't usually agree with "the crowd", I've been reading biographies of musicians hoping there will be a kind of "kindred link". Hoping to say, "That's how I felt!" or "Hey he thinks like me!". Unfortunately I didn't get that feeling with this book.Other than a single (actually half) hit of acid I've been sober my entire life. I can't relate to any kind of addiction (other than maybe sexual) and that's really what this book is about. The ratio here is : 60% Addiction/Recovery, 25% Women/Girlfriends, 13% Music, 2% Family. It's really repetitive: girlfriend, tour/album, drugs, girlfriend, tour/album, drugs...The other thing I can't relate to is the Hollywood lifestyle. As cool and earthy-spiritual as Mr. Kiedis is he can't get the L.A. off of him. I guess it comes from hanging out with Sonny and Cher and a host of other Californians. I love California and I've been there many times but the whole buying cars as christmas presents and jumping over to Hawaii a couple times a year on a whim thing really distances him from me (and most of his fans I think).Finally, in the end, after tormenting everyone he ever loved with his constant relapses and drug binges he basically says he wouldn't change a thing because it made him who he is today. Yes it's cool that he's sober now and that he helps other addicts - but really? I mean this isn't the guy that lost his arms and then went on to become some kind of inspiring olympic champion. He's a guy that got hooked on drugs and almost lost everything multiple times. He was blessed with talent and to end up involved with other talented people. To his credit now he's making the best of a bad situation but it's kind of infuriating to hear him say he's glad he was/is an addict when it caused so much pain in others.After all that I can't say I hated the book. There were some interesting stories and he slept with one big girl (which get's an extra star from me no matter what book it's in). I was thinking about reading [book:Tommyland|314584] next but I need a break from drugs.
davmin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
AK is a talented story teller. In informal, blunt language, he recounts memories of events that most would consider completely insane and wildly reckless. The book focuses most heavily on his history of drug use. As expected, it is an extensive history and contains many of the typical anecdotes of addiction. However, the one that I found to be the most fascinating, and also strangely endearing, was when he recalls the first time he smoked pot. He was twelve years old and his dad was there to not only coach him through the experience, but to also document it on film. (The pictures are published in the book.) AK also devotes a large portion of the book talking about his relationships with several different women. The band and their music take a suprising third place to the drugs and women.LIKES:I really enjoyed reading about his childhood. I also liked hearing about the events which influenced specific songs. As I grew up in L.A., I enjoyed the nostalgia I experienced when reading his descriptions of places and venues that I'm familiar with.DISLIKES:No major ones that I can think of off the top of my head.
slowcheetah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Much as I admire A.K.'s voice + lyrics; this book didn't give any real insights. Though you can't fault his honesty, he doesn't 'give it away'!
citygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For those living under a rock, Kiedis is the frontman and lyricist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. You know, the hot one with the formerly waist-length hair and pretty tattoos and who doesn't like to wear a shirt (which is just fine with me). Can you believe guy is ~47 now? Well, anyway, you just can't make this stuff up. Kiedis is extremely forthcoming about his struggle with heroin addiction, strange parenting (the story about his dad getting into Method acting is worth the price of the book), the band¿s creative process and his role in it, brushes with the law, etc. Maybe he¿s too forthcoming about his romantic entanglements (is it a fricking beautiful spiritual experience every time he shtups some waif?), but that just seems to be the kind of guy he is: naked, you know? The story is compelling and easy to get into. I don¿t know who wrote what, but the narrative just flows and it feels like Anthony Kiedis is talking to you. After reading this I¿m interested in more autobiographies of artists who should reasonably be dead. I mean, if I did the stuff Kiedis did, sober or lit (e.g., diving into swimming pools from five stories up), I would be dead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So well written. What a great life story.