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  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (7 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442377488
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442377486
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3 x 14.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Joe Perry is the cofounder of Aerosmith. He is the band's leading guitarist and, along with Steven Tyler, its main songwriter. David Ritz has been called "the first call celebrity collaborator" by The New York Times. He has written books with everyone from Ray Charles to Janet Jackson. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nick C VINE VOICE on 25 Oct. 2014
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If you're an Aerosmith fan you'll want this, if not well it's still a great rock read.
Joe adds his view to the Aerosmith story as the third authorised biography by a band member hits the streets and it comes across as a no BS straight talking read. Many of the stories have been touched on in other tomes, most notably the full band biography Walk This Way, but as did Joey and Steven he regales us with unheard tales and more importantly his life and how relationships and situations both inside and outside the band have shaped him.
You tend to find a bit more about Frank Connelly in this book which is great as although a huge piece in early Aerosmith history I found it hard in other books to kind of get the measure of his character, Joe's book makes it so much clearer and he obviously had a good relationship with him. I personally wish there had been a little more about the initial Joe Perry Project years prior to the band reconciling and Joe and Brad returning. He doesn't seem to pull any punches regarding his relationship with Steven Tyler and it makes for interesting reading but at the same time you get a feeling of "things left unsaid".

A big plus for any guitarists out there is the appendix where Joe's guitar techs and the man himself add notes with regards to equipment used on the various tours/recording e.t.c. and that is a really nice section - how do you keep track of this stuff haha?

The book kind of confirmed what I always thought (in my mind it does at least) that JP lives for his family and his band it's not an ego trip for him it's about the music and it's about being a real stand up guy.
A really good read and as up to date as you're going to get in a book, including the recording of MFAD and beyond.
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Format: Hardcover
I've read "Walk This Way", plus the Tyler and Kramer bios. At the risk of overkill I bought this too. What can I say? More of the same disgusting excess. Same old tired excuses. I reiterate that Aerosmith didn't deserve their "comeback" success, least of all when one sees them learning nothing from the lessons. They were on drugs even before they "made it". Incidentally, I love the way all these rockers start saying "I just did a few lines" or whatever, and then a few pages later it's "so we did just a few lines". In other words, their "wonderful" female partners are just as bad. Why the deuce can't they hook up with women who are fitness instructors or marathon runners, for once? Go on guys - break the mould, ha ha! Even when Perry is clean, and admitting he has everything he could want in life, he starts using again just "out of boredom". No sympathy! As for the old "management screwing us" tales, we're not interested! Serves them right for (a) being thick, (b) not taking an interest, or (c) both. Tim Collins may well have taken a bigger share than they knew, I don't know, but did they not think for one second "a lot of our riches will be going on private planes, limousines and champagne"? Pathetic. One thing that puzzled me was Perry's pre-occupation with guitars, and how particular he is about the smallest detail. When I think about his appalling "singing" (which ruined several good Aerosmith and JP Project songs), I wonder why he wasn't equally as particular about vocals? I have to say the book made me think even worse of JP, but far, far worse of Tyler, in fact even worse than Tyler's own book did!Read more ›
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Format: Hardcover
Having just finished this great autbiography, I'm left feeling in two minds what level of satisfaction is achieved. On one hand, it's the straight from the horses mouth missing link in the Aerosmith story, and his writing style is quite relaxed, enjoyable and to the point (he often describes fellow musicians as 'cats', and you can 'hear' him speaking his words) - and a lot of his genuine love for his family life is peppered throughout the pages, making it clear that he's a down to earth, geniune guy who appreciates his achievements - and the many frustrations he has encountered along the way.

But there lies the problem. He deftly skirts around any allusion to him using hard drugs for years on end and blowing a whole stack of dollars on it - but paints a picture of a man in control, dipping in and out of drug use over the years, and he never really seems to admit that there was ever a problem. There is a paradox - if his drugged out 'lost years' were as befuddled as you might assume, then chances are he won't be able to recall an awful lot of it, which ironically are the most interesting and creative years in the Aerosmith saga. If they never really existed, then - great - I don't mind; I'm glad he's still around to tell the tale, but there are very few drug fuelled tales or escapades documented here. Which I suppose serves to break down some of the ridiculous stories told over the years. Actually, although he was one one half of the Toxic Twins, I couldn't help concluding that perhaps Tyler had the real problem (especially after reading his autobiography before this one).
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