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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars About a rock star
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...
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a life!!!, 20 Aug 2005
This review is from: Scar Tissue (Hardcover)
I could not put this book down! I have to say that although I liked their music I wouldn't say I was a huge fan of the band or Kiedis but this book has left me wanting more.
The guys life is surreal and it takes a strong man to come out the other end in one piece. At the point of Hillel's death I just wanted to pick him up and hug him. I find a lot of biographies, very me, me, me and it is a difficult thing to describe such experiences without sounding narcissistic but the way it was written I did not realise that a lot of these people are famous in their own right. It has definitely been a rollercoaster but against all the odds (judging by their last album)he is back on the climb.
An exciting life = an exciting read! A*
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock & Roll!, 16 Feb 2005
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This review is from: Scar Tissue (Hardcover)
I hate this book, only because it had to end! Its a fascinating and very honest account of an exceptionally talented man and his band and so extremely well written. If you're not a Chili's fan, you certainly will be when you've read this book. I feel like I know Anthony on a personal level as he's been so open about his triumphs and failures, not only in his personal life but also with the band. This man is god....I want his babies! You've gotta read this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where unexamined californication ends..., 28 Jan 2005
This review is from: Scar Tissue (Hardcover)
Forget the blurb about 'not your typical rock star' - what would that be anyway? If you are thinking in the direction of overwhelming egomania, endless meaningless and depressing sexual encounters, years of emotional retardation and self/other-abuse; well, Anthony is about as typical as it comes. But he is also one of the 'lucky' ones; he is warm where others are long since cold (dead or alive), and what's more he seems, hopefully, to have thrived and grown - though as with all addictive personalities it remains to be proven whether he has really nailed this down at last. This is certainly an excellent read if you are one of the many millions whose life has been enriched by this man's creative output. It is not the best writing you will ever absorb - I, for one, find the, excessive use of utterly, unnecessary commas, and pauses, in a piece of, writing, very distracting. This book also gives an almost convincing display of 'searing honesty' too - but it is not, it is too pat. There are personal depths plumbed in this life that are certainly touched on (over and over), but I have a very strong feeling that this man has treated very many people appallingly in his life, causing pain and trauma in others way beyond anything really explored in this work. Anthony remains our hero throughout, even as we wince and cringe... A full human life has its fair share of anti-heroism, and this life is obviously more than your average full one. So take this 'searing honesty' with a pinch of salt, understand that a remarkable man's remarkable life is ultimately his own business, and be grateful that he has been brave and generous enough to reveal as much as he has for our idle or otherwise consumption. He remains a compelling bag of contradictions for me - hugely talented and original creatively, yet curiously nave and even predictable in a more 'worldly' sense. He has clearly grown up a lot emotionally, but he starts out from such an infantile level (even into his 20s and early 30s) that there is surely room for a lot more development yet. His lyrics have often really touched me, intellectually as well as emotionally, but where unexamined californication ends and seriously personally validated transcendent understanding begins still remains a mystery to me. But at the end of the day I find that I still love Anthony, certainly for what he has given us, but mostly for who he is - the world would be a lesser place without him, my life would be a lesser experience, and this book is well worth exploring for anyone who shares that sentiment with me. If you don't - don't bother, you will only confirm your own prejudice...
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5.0 out of 5 stars You gave GOT to read this book..................., 30 Dec 2004
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This review is from: Scar Tissue (Hardcover)
"Scar Tissue" is possibly one of the best books ive read in a long long time. Not only is Anothony Kiedis a great musician, but he's also shown himself to be a fantastic storyteller. Its a book that i just couldnt put down, not only because it chronicles the rise of one of my favourite bands of all time, but because the progression of Kiedis himself is so inspiring....from a down and out drug fiend to a man who has found his vocation in life. His trials and tribulations expose the true nature of love and friendship and his pure,raw spirituality is a rare commodity amongst the stars of today. Id recommend this book to anyone, not just fans of the Chilli's, because it is a honestly inspiring read about the rollercoaster ride that a rock star has endured....and managed to come of out sane! Worth 5 stars without a doubt!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 July 2014
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Great book and some amazing stories
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14 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scar Tissue-Anthony Kiedis' long awatid autobiography, 19 Oct 2004
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Nick Fellows (Berkshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Scar Tissue (Hardcover)
This book, the long awatid book by the Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis, if far from ANY normal rock bands autobiography. It tells you the story of how Anthony was on the verge of death from his drug adiction, but the band and good friend Flea (bass Guitar) helped Anthony recover. The band The Red Hot Chili Peppers are now one of the biggest the world has ever seen-and always will be. Who knows what Anthony Kiedis and the rest of the band have in store for us in the futre? In the past, the album Blood Sugar Sex Magik had a song that stood out on it; Under the Bridge. If you listen closly to the lyrics, its all about Anthony's drug addiction. Other songs like Scar Tissue also explain this. But nothing will explain it more clearly than the book Scar Tissue. this will tell Anthony's life story, and how the band were on the brink of collapse after Flea's motorbike crash and the death of band member Hillel Slovak.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 24 July 2014
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what an amazing life story..
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rehab and back and back, 11 Jun 2007
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This book is an interesting travel through Anthony kiedises some what mixed up background and a great trawl through growing up in public and living continually in the seedy sleazy side of life. It well written in its own way for a rock star it is naive and short of any learning curve for a substantial period in the book. There is comedy which isn't always intentional, the spiritualism and lack of self awareness are both unintentionally funny an i guess axiomatic in being a addict of any kind. It is still a great read and you will enjoy reading about the fallouts mishaps and misadventures the chilli's have while recording there albums. The George Clinton production episode was a story i would be happy to tell my grandchildren...Even if you aren't a fan of the red hot chili peppers as it good story which shows how are errant father can impact truly negatively on a child's life. And gives a good account of the post punk scene in LA.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!, 25 May 2006
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Meg "Funky Monk" (Hemel Hempstead, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Scar Tissue (Hardcover)
This is an excellent book by Chilis frontman Anthony Kiedis with assistance from Larry Sloman. A brilliant look at how life was like for Kiedis growing up Michigan with his mum and then moving to L.A to live with his dad. Read about the amazing birth of the Red Hot Chili Peppers through the eyes of the band's vocalist. Sex and Drugs and rock and roll in life and on tour. Includes pictures of young Anthony and Young Chili peppers, the Chilis live and old and new band members. YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK IF YOU ARE A CHILIS FAN OR EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious, 22 Feb 2011
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Could not finish this book. Extremely frustrating - guy just repeats pattern of drugs, sex, music over and over. Interesting in the beginning, but what frustrated me is he doesn't seem to show any sign of getting over his destructive life. Almost like to him it's one big laugh. I'm not asking necessarily for a happy ending but I found it impossible to like the guy or to feel anything for him because of this. The drug use and lifestyle is so heavy that in the beginning you are shocked/fascinated, but as this continued I felt less shocked/fascinated, until the point I was just mightily bored with it all. Doesn't seem to be any redeeming features to him, almost like a dumb kid with no sense of remorse or realism.
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