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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Aerosmith book I've ever seen
This book starts right from the beginning and tells the whole story. Interviews with the band members are the base, and Davis gets contributions from figures from Aerosmith's past and present. Well written and extremely readable, anyone who is interested in Aerosmith will find it impossible to put down.
Because the band were involved in the writing, you get the...
Published on 7 Nov 2001

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3.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive and Desultory
Aerosmith's autobiography Walk This Way describes the band's rollercoaster ride through decadence, drugs, rock and roll, fast cars, and fast women. Reading the book, however, gives one a bumpy, desultory ride. The reader gains interesting insight about the band members, but many tangents interrupt the narrative flow in the book. For instance, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry...
Published on 10 Jun 1998


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Aerosmith book I've ever seen, 7 Nov 2001
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This review is from: Walk This Way: The Autobiography Of Aerosmith (Paperback)
This book starts right from the beginning and tells the whole story. Interviews with the band members are the base, and Davis gets contributions from figures from Aerosmith's past and present. Well written and extremely readable, anyone who is interested in Aerosmith will find it impossible to put down.
Because the band were involved in the writing, you get the full, honest story with the bad bits left in. Walk This Way tells the tale of Aerosmith's rise, fall, and phoenix-like return to the top.
If you've ever experienced the magic of Aerosmith, read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It tells you stuff that not many are willing to share, 9 July 2000
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This review is from: Walk This Way: The Autobiography Of Aerosmith (Paperback)
When i first picked this book up i was expecting the same old mediocre kind of biography, boy how i was wrong! This book tells you not only the highs of such a terrific band but also more lows than you can imagine happened. You feel at one with the band you are reading about, you read things that make you laugh, cry and stunned. Its no way a boring book, once you pick it up you cant put it down and you could read it over and over. I recomend this to everyone even if you aren't the biggest Aerosmith fan its still a good ol' read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The 'Smith's history - Be entertained. Be very entertained., 4 July 2001
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This review is from: Walk This Way: The Autobiography Of Aerosmith (Paperback)
The infamous rock 'n roll excesses of Aerosmith, particularly the Toxic Twins at their core, will entertain and enthrall in ways that their music may never do. Never a big fan of their rock 'n roll sound, an immense curiosity for Tapesque tales led me in and kept me turning nevertheless. From humble beginnings in Massachusetts to filling enormodomes across the planet, the 'Smith's somewhat bumpy rise to fame is a story well worth reading. Told in interview chunks and brief filler passages, the style remains interesting, breathing life into the key players, and prevents it from becoming a dull facts and figures trawl through the lives of the fabulously rich and the famously addled. No previous Aerosmith experience necessary. Excellent rewards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most interesting and enthralling book I have ever read!!, 11 July 1999
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If you are interested in Aerosmith (the greatest rock band, ever) you will simply love this book. The way it is written, made up from uncensored quotes, from the band and many who worked with them, is brilliant and keeps you reading until you have double vision. It tells the entire story of Aerosmith; from a small-time band in Boston, to a multi-million dollar monster. As it says on the back of the book, and very truly too, it's raw but if you can take it, it's a hell of a ride. This book has everything you want from a book about Aerosmith. This book is my Bible!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A STORY OF OVERCOMING ADDICTIONS AND RISING TO THE TOP AGAIN, 23 Nov 1998
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This was a great book. It was heartbreaking to read of the addictions, dependencies and depravities that plaque so many of the bands of modern times. I found myself rooting for Aerosmith all the way. Their story should be an inspiration to anyone who is in the grips of drug addiction and a warning to up and coming bands of the pitfalls of celebrity and to people in general of the dangers of certain excesses.. I am a huge Steven Tyler fan and admire his honesty about still resenting his "intervention" because of the circumstances under which it was done. I give him even more credit for succeeding in spite of his resentment. Walk This Way is a true success story told honestly by the people who lived it. Here's hoping they're around for another 30 years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ''Amazing'', 5 Nov 2006
This review is from: Walk This Way: The Autobiography Of Aerosmith (Paperback)
I loved this book.

I have been a fan of Aerosmith for as long as I can remember. I was greatly influenced by my dad, who constantly listened to they're earlier stuff, and Get A Grip album. I received this as a birthday present, and although I saw many mis-spellings, and to be honest, it took me several attempts to get into the book, it was fascinating, reading about everyone's stories about growing up, and how they got into the whole music business, as well as reading they're families and managers stories, etc.

I recommend this book to any Aerosmith fan.

I have also heard about Aerosmith planning on coming to the UK after such a long time, and I can't wait until they do, it will be great if I could go and see them.

A super read!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive and Desultory, 10 Jun 1998
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Aerosmith's autobiography Walk This Way describes the band's rollercoaster ride through decadence, drugs, rock and roll, fast cars, and fast women. Reading the book, however, gives one a bumpy, desultory ride. The reader gains interesting insight about the band members, but many tangents interrupt the narrative flow in the book. For instance, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry speak out about their life experiences and this follows with details from managers, crew, and friends. Repetitive at times. The information about drug addiction gets old after awhile. Although this will please Aerosmith fans, newcomers might get lost in the sand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely stunning, 13 Jun 2001
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I've always been a big fan of autobiographys, and a big fan of Aerosmith, so I was looking forward to reading this book. And I have to say that I was not disappointed. To say that this book is candid is a total understatment. The guys in the band really do pour their harts out and you can't help renewing your respect for these people who have spent the best part of 30 years playing music together. I would recommend this book to anybody, Aerosmith fan or otherwise. It really makes you appreciate Aerosmith as people, the human spirit and the power of friendship. Keep on rockin' guys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for all Aerosmith fans., 30 Jun 1999
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"We believed anything worth doing was worth overdoing." Those words are spoken from the famous mouth of the ever talkative, ever charismatic Steven Tyler, frontman of the East Coast rock band, Aerosmith. Indeed, that seems to be the underlying current of thought running through the pages of the recently released autobiography, Walk This Way. Overindulgence is an understatement for these Boston Bad Boys. Why then, should their ever faithful "Blue Army" of fans be any different? Aerosmith is a potent drug themselves. They keep you wheedling for more, whether it be a dying thirst for their exciting, blues-influenced brand of rock, to the ache of withdrawal you feel when they're not breezing into your nearest town with one of their awesome live shows. Once you get hooked, you can't even pick up their massive autobiography and be able to put it down, even when going back for seconds.
Walk This Way is a surprising expose from five guys who knew the story best -- Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton, and Joey Kramer -- the guys who lived through it. To fill in the gaps of consciousness are wives, ex-wives, managers, roadies, friends, and peers from the entertainment field.
The journey of Walk This Way takes you back to Tallahassee, sort to speak. It starts where it should: from the beginning, from the childhood years of all five guys in the band, their family background, and their influences that helped pave the way for their musical direction. It portrays their struggles, their frustrations, their hopes and ambitions, and even their starry-eyed dreams. Even Steven Tyler, as a young lad, had his idols as he sat for hours in front of hotels to meet the members of The Rolling Stones -- much like his fans do today. The journey called Aerosmith is one full of clouds, full of bumps, full of fights, full of brotherhood, full of triumph, and full of ideals and goals. The book takes you through the pages of history when Aerosmith got their first record deal with their self titled album, and through their second, Get Your Wings, as a band trying to make their mark in the rock and roll universe. It takes you through their countless determination in building a following by playing club after club, and being persistent. It takes you through their first big taste of success when their next two albums, Toys In The Attic and Rocks hit the public smack in the head. Suddenly they were somebody and success, money and fame walked right into their door.
Along with that fame and success came a slow destruction that was caused by the excesses of life: drugs, drinking, women, and endless touring and being on the road. The devil of drugs started to play puppet master with the band, causing what appeared to be a slow and imminent death of a band that had the chance to be destined for greatness. This cancer took hold when Draw The Line was made, and escalated during the making of Night In The Ruts. A wedge was finally driven between the two soul brothers of the band, Steven Tyler, and guitarist Joe Perry. Joe left in the middle of recording NITR. The fighting, the drugs, and the band members significant others, pried the band apart, leaving their fans wondering if rock and roll would ever be the same.
Joe Perry branched out on his own, forming the Joe Perry Project, and releasing two cult hit records, Let The Music Do The Talking and I've Got The Rock 'N' Rolls Again. Aerosmith plunged on and started recording Rock In A Hard Place when Brad Whitford decided to leave the fold. The band continued to crash and burn, losing money, cars, their homes, and their relationships.
Aerosmith hit bottom and seemed to be continuing on their path of destruction when the members of the band seemed to get brought together again. Joe Perry and Brad Whitford returned, along with a new manager, Tim Collins. Trying to clean up their act, they recorded their next album, Done With Mirrors, which didn't make as much noise as it should have.
It wasn't until the release of Permanent Vacation and a commitment to a sober lifestyle by all parties involved that caused Aerosmith to rise from the ashes. They were back with a vengeance with the biggest album of their career, and continued thereafter to hit the concert trails and reach even higher numbers on the charts with the release of their next two albums, Pump and Get A Grip. There was a new Aerosmith on the rise, and they were going to steamroll anyone who got in their way. The born-again Boston Bad Boys were newly sober and loving life, and the world embraced them. The last chapter winds up at the present, with their current tour and release of Nine Lives, as they continue their successful jaunt.
This book is more than a book about the drugs and the women. It is more than a book about the fame, the money, and losing it all. It digs deeper than the tantrums, the in-fighting, the "business" part of the entertainment field, and the distrust. This book covers all of that, but it has a deeper message. The pain, the struggle, the love for music that brought these five very different personalities together like brothers, and the inspirations that drove them first to the top of the world, and then to the bottom of hell, then back up to an even higher plateau . . . all of that is here in black and white. It's a frank, honest, sometimes amusing, and sometimes painful story about how each member thinks and what makes each of them tick. It is written in such a way that their personalities burn through each page. It lets you peek in on their hopes and dreams. Most of all, it is a book about survival. Aerosmith survived when others didn't. While they indeed fell as many of their peers had, it wasn't a final fall for them, and they got back up. Today, they are still standing, while others didn't get a second chance once they fell. That, I believe, is the crux of what makes Aerosmith tick. Not many lived through what they have and still be around to tell their story. With a nod of thanks in having nine lives, these five men are still on their journey, meeting their destinations a little at a time, but never stopping too long to miss the train. May they continue down that road of magic called music for a long time to come, continuing to win the smiles of millions along the way who have felt some happiness because of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars VEry informative-multiple points of view, 23 Oct 1998
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I really enjoyed this book. It is a comprehensive first person account of their career. Written in interview format, the band, wives, crew and managers give their own perspective of each pertinent event, not always agreeing on what really happened. This makes the book particulaly interesting. NOT YOUR TYPICAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY!
For a more conventional biography read Putterford's "Fall and rise of Aerosmith"
As for Aerosmith's lack of visible charity, most celebrity charity is arranged by their publicists to get their names in the press as do gooders. It is what is done from the heart that counts, not what makes it into the press. Aerosmith does indeed do charitable deeds in Boston and Worcester Sometimes publicly as in 100 cans of food gets you a meet and greet backstage, to private acts which I am personally aware of, but since they chose not to publicize it, I won't either. They give money, but more importantly I have witnessed them giving their time mostly sans press.
I'm a pilot and have known several of their flight crews. No orgies on the plane (anymore, since the 80's at least) very considerate and down to earth. Yes they are performers and aren't absolutely the same people as their personas suggest, but they are down to earth people for the most part and fit in with the average Joe's out there (just a little more money in the bank , though). With minimal disguise they do pull it off and it just may be a band member sitting next to you at Fenway park shooting the sh*t with you. (true story)
Back to the review, buy the book. It is not very flattering in spots (Tyler vomiting for example) but it will entertain you as well as giving you the mostly true story from beginning to present.
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