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Anthony Kiedis , Larry Ratso Sloman , Rider Strong
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30 Jun 2006

In SCAR TISSUE Anthony Kiedis, charismatic and highly articulate frontman of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, recounts his remarkable life story, and the history of the band itself. Raised in the Midwest, he moved to LA aged eleven to live with his father Blackie, purveyor of pills, pot, and cocaine to the Hollywood elite. After a brief child-acting career, Kiedis dropped out of U.C.L.A. and plunged headfirst into the demimonde of the L.A. underground music scene. He formed the band with three schoolfriends - and found his life's purpose. Crisscrossing the country, the Chili Peppers were musical innovators and influenced a whole generation of musicians.

But there's a price to pay for both success and excess and in SCAR TISSUE, Kiedis writes candidly of the overdose death of his soul mate and band mate, Hillel Slovak, and his own ongoing struggle with an addiction to drugs.

SCAR TISSUE far transcends the typical rock biography, because Anthony Kiedis is anything but a typical rock star. It is instead a compelling story of dedication and debauchery, of intrigue and integrity, of recklessness and redemption.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Phoenix Audio; Unabridged edition (30 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597770280
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597770286
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 14.7 x 5.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,220,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kiedis recounts his pharmacological odyssey with wide-eyed relish and a refreshing lack of rehab remorse (SUNDAY TIMES)

Everyone who reads this genuinely outrageous book will have their own favourite scene (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)

An entertaining account of being the most priapic, junkie member of California's most priapic, junkie rock band (GUARDIAN)

The year's most astonishing rock autobiography (OBSERVER) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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* The frank, shocking and inspiring autobiography of Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers - 'the world's biggest band' (MOJO) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book 7 April 2006
Scar Tissue is a cracking read. How Mr. Kiedis is still alive is a miracle. The huge amount of drugs, the accidents (bad accidents), the women, the band, the highs and lows are all honestly recounted in this oustanding autobiography.
A.K. gives an insight into the mind and behaviour of an addict with refreshing honesty; there's no preaching here. He recounts his childhood and writes much about the Chili Peppers themselves, detailing their ups and downs (there's a lot of both), their creative processes and the meaning behind some of their songs.
Whether you're a fan of the Chili Peppers or not, this is a great autobiography and I thoroughly recommend it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars About a rock star 17 Jun 2008
Anthony Kiedis. Red Hot Chili Peppers. It was interesting to read Anthony's autobiography and understand the meaning beyond some of the lyrics he has written so far. I do need to separate book from "facts" however.

The book: 465 pages in tiny print describing a life of excesses in every sense became at times a tedious read, mainly because Anthony's life is self-described and delivered by what I define a rather flat narrative. A repetition of events -and most often, a vicious circle, literally- that failed to engage me in full in a few parts. That does not mean that I did not "appreciate" the content. If anything, his is an often brutal testimony of what a serious drug addiction can do to a human being (I felt that this book was more about his drug addiction than about his life or the RHCP).

The "facts": oh, I would have a thing or two to say about his upbringing, I am itching to do it. But. Anthony comes out to be so non-judgemental, so not-critical, so loving towards his family, which he clearly loves to bits to this day, that I am discouraged to say anything more about it. And I respect him for not pointing any accusing finger, about back then or later on. He is not blaming anyone, or at least, that's the way I have perceived the core of this book. In his words, it was mostly all about "the shortcut", which brought him to jump fences instead of walking on a proper path, figuratively and literally. The drugs, his love stories, his songs, the band, the friends he has lost to drugs, the rehabs, and drugs again... An indefinable sense of hopelessness, sometimes peppered with sober, more productive moments, where the love towards life shines in full. I think that it is at this point that he chose to write the book, after a few years of sobriety.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic, interesting autobiography 28 Oct 2004
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Being a big fan of the chili peppers and of Anthony in particular, i couldnt wait for his autobiography to come out. I was not disappointed! By the end of this book you feel you really know Anthony, its such an honest account of his life. (and you have to admire him for being so honest). The whole history of the chili peppers, drug addiction; rehab, relapse and the continued cycle, sexual encounters and great stories of celebrities who have crossed his path (he's been babysat by Cher!) are all explored plus much more. He talks in great detail about his years of drug abuse which can at times be quite shocking. Whats admirable is that he never trys to pin blame on anyone for his addiction, taking full responsibility for it himself when many may try to find a scapegoat. Its not all about the dark side to Anthonys life though, theres lots of funny stories and lighthearted amusing stuff too. Theres quite a few photos, Chili Peppers ones (early days), family, childhood, ex girlfriends etc. There is also some stories about what inspired lyrics, which i found quite interesting. Some are well known like "Under the Bridge" & "Scar Tissue" but there are some stories behind the lyrics for some other songs and what inspired them that are not so well known "Porcelain" & "Tearjerker" being examples. This is a moving, truthful, funny and interesting book. I would highly recommend it!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book I couldn't put down! 8 Mar 2007
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I came to the Chili Peppers late courtesy of my 17 year old son and saw the book advertised on Amazon so thought why not. Recently any book I've read has been a struggle, a couple of pages here and there, but when I started reading this I couldn't stop, it took over. Real rock & roll & sex & drugs but retold in a gritty down to earth style, no wimping out with excuses, just as it was. I learnt a lot from Anthony Kiedis, not least how difficult it must be to kick a habit and how low you can sink when it takes hold, especially with the pressure of being in a band and all the emotional turmoil that can bring. Great read, well recommended even if you are not a Chili fan.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cut above 19 Oct 2006
A totally convincing and gripping account of the highs and lows of stardom. Although written chronologically this is more than another diary of a rock and roll band. Kiedis comes across at times as a man who has everything and nothing and his battle with drug addiction which flows through the pages from start to finish is both moving and horrifying. For RHCP fans it's good read, but for anyone who's been touched by addiction - in any form - this is essential.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rebels without a cause...?! 18 July 2005
Not being a fan of autobigraphies, I was a little hesitant picking up Scar Tissue but the blurb on the jacket looked interesting so I thought "Ah,why not?!"... well I needn't have been! It's the most enthralling book you could ever read and it'll turn you into a die-hard fan by the end!
Anthony takes you on a high-octane, haywire journey through his rollercoaster of a life! Pure rock'n roll start to finish! The narrative is very graphic and matter-of-fact which makes it all the more compulsive reading. Scar Tissue is an eye opener of a read in that whilst it's harrowing in places as it takes you through the extreme lows of Kiedis's life-long drug use, every re-lapse was heartbreaking, it'll also touch you to the very core. The scenes showing the incredibly deep bond that runs between Anthony and Flea will have the most stone-hearted reaching for the tissues. You'll feel as though you're right there going through all the drama with him and the band. What'll get you the most in this book is Anthony's honesty and just how emtional this dude is - the man has a heart the size of Texas and he ain't afraid to use it - i dare you to not fall in love with him by the end of it! Chili Peppers rock, no question.
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