Amazing band, amazing lead singer but not quite the book I hoped for,
This review is from: Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?: The Autobiography (Hardcover)
As a big Aerosmith fan I'd been longing for an autobiography of Steven Tyler's & was delighted to hear that he was in fact releasing his memoirs ... despite waiting a long time to get my hands on it I'm disappointed to say that whilst I whipped through it in no time at all, I was left frustrated on quite a few levels.
Firstly & most annoyingly, I couldn't help but feel that the Publisher hadn't devoted enough time or money to the release. It's littered with typo's & relatively early on into the book, it's clear that the book hasn't so much been written but apparently lifted from Tyler waffling into a microphone. There's several occassions from memory where he appears to suggest that he's speaking to an interviewer (David Dalton) rather than telling his story from a written perspective. The always-crazy text also suggests that this is the band's super-charismatic lead singer simply waxing lyrical & spouting out the first thing that comes into his mouth rather than the far more considered style of the written word. I'm not naive enough to think that a huge number of other rock stars, sport stars or actors also "cheat" in this manner but at least it's usually carried out in a clever enough way to fool the reader.
The picture that Tyler paints and his opinions also fell quite some way short of what I'd hoped - of course there's copious amounts of sex, drugs & rock n roll but unfortunately it's the former two vices that really outweigh the music itself at times and whilst I still love Steven Tyler as the lead singer of the greatest American rock band, he doesn't come across in the best light for large parts of this book. Whilst it's refreshing to hear such honesty, I must admit to being a little disappointed to hear him whinging on about quite as much as he does here. I liken it to a recent Elton John gig I attended whereby he moaned about how he'll never record another studio album as they're simply too much work - forgetting that 5,000 people had just paid £75 to hear him moan before scurrying off to our 9 to 5 jobs the next morning.
Whilst I've highlighted the negative points here, the book is still well worth a read & Steven Tyler is undoubtedly a true gem - I laughed a lot, many times simply at the way he has with words - others from stories he has to tell. Much like other recent rock autobiographies, there's definitely a little over-emphasis on drugs (very similar to Slash in that respect) - once you've heard quite how bad they hit & all about the re-hab process, it does get a little tedious after a while. It's also sad (but true from Tyler's perspective) how little good he has to say about the other 4 Aerosmith members - i couldn't help but feel that perhaps it wasn't finished at the best of times from that perspective & this is another reason alone why I far preferred the brilliant "Walk this Way" - whilst it's Tyler's voice that we all hear when we think of Aerosmith, without Joe, Brad, Tom & Joey, it just doesn't sound quite right.