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"Diary of a self-pitying rock star",
This review is from: Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?: The Autobiography (Paperback)
I bought this book hoping to find background info behind albums by what used to be one of my favourite bands. I suppose I did, but what disgust I experienced too.
I was aware of Aerosmith's druggy past, although I'd assumed it started when they got famous and could afford it. Not so - it seems they were seasoned junkies before even the first album! In fact, the whole book centres around Tyler's pathetic drug obsession. The excuses he makes to try and justify it all are laughable. Even his own mother asked "why", when he had the world at his feet. When he waffles on about his wonderful daughters etc. well they can't be all that, because he STILL needed drugs. Sometimes he talks as if it's normal, like every single person has a "drug of choice". Where does it say musicians HAVE to take drugs? (They don't - just ask Dream Theater!)
Sometimes he claims it was the pain in his ankles, knees, whatever (yeah yeah, the most excruciating pain anyone's ever had, zzzzz.....) that caused him to come off the wagon. Other times he doesn't even attempt a reason, and just says he started up again.
In fact, I wonder how much of this book was written whilst on drugs? Seriously. Sometimes the writing style is a collection of phrases an interjections, like mumbled, random thoughts. Did anyone proof read it? (In fact, was there ANY checking? N.B. a period should always be followed by a space, book people!)
Some things I wanted to hear about were not mentioned at all (e.g. opinions, feelings or conversations with Todd R. concerning Liv). Some things were factually incorrect, as other reviewers have already pointed out, (e.g. what song was on what album). Some things were just childish, for instance, slagging off singers with a vibrato. Was that just because HE doesn't have one? Don't get me wrong, his voice is distinctive and the character of it still makes it appealing. But he was never Steve Perry!
Many anecdotes made me think "That's interesting (if it's true)" or "That's sad (if it's true)" or "That's amazing (if it's true)", but I just didn't know. I could handle, and half expected, a little bit of boasting and perhaps some "slight" exaggeration here and there, but the final straw was as follows:-
He was talking about a foot injury again (and as usual, how HIS pain was the epitome of human suffering), and how women who wear high heels all day have nothing on him. Why? Because he's been wearing platforms on stage for 2 hours every night for 30 years. I kid you not. "Every night for 30 years." It's there in black and white. Anyone who can come out with such utter RUBBISH must surely be still on drugs!