The bulk of this book is about Steven's addiction to drugs. All kinds of them. The ones you smoke, the ones you snort, the ones you inject and the ones you get on prescription. And his sex life. But that is to be expected.
What comes across through all the craziness while he was high and out of control is that the man is very spiritual, very clever, a true Professional and at heart a poet.
It's clear that he loved the mothers of all his children and that he adores all his children and that he is very proud to be a Grandpa.
There are profanities throughout the book,so if you don't like that kind of thing, prepare to be offended. Steven describes himself as a foul mouthed individual. But he's funny with it.
It also comes across loud and clear that he accepts that he is an addict and that he needed to go into rehab to get clean, but that he feels that he was singled out and probably made a scapegoat - because the rest of the Band and management team etc were just as guilty of scoring drugs at every opportunity and of bad behaviour. He obviously feels it was made out that he was the only one - and the others got away with it by blaming him for stuff when they were equally as bad, or worse.
He obviously didn't like either of Joe Perry's wives. It would be really interesting to hear Joe Perry's take on things regarding that.
He has led a life of excess. By his own admission he calculates he spent approximately 20 million dollars on drugs.
He has an entertaining way with words. I like him.
And I think he was a born rock star.
I like the dude who looks like a lady. I love his style of dress - he's fabulous. And I enjoyed this book. I even laughed out loud in several places because he is just so outrageous.
Also, the hardback version of this book is really nice. The photos are great. The book beneath the dustcover is shiny and has a series of photos of him at the mic. Iconic images of an iconic rock star.
For me, the Demon of Screamin' has delivered a very enjoyable read.
Rock on Mister Tallarico.
May you live to be a hundred.
Steven Tyler has lived the life of a hundred rock stars -- endless amounts of sex, drugs, insane behavior and ear-blisteringly awesome rock'n'roll. He's practically a rock archetype!
So I was expecting that "Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?: A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir" would be a pretty wild ride. Actually, it was more like being dragged behind a roller coaster on a little skateboard -- a wild, raucous, colorful explosion of Tyler's rock'n'roll life, constantly dancing between witty cleverness and manic exuberance.
Stephen Tyler had a fairly ordinary upbringing, which didn't stop him from being the mystical, mischievous wild-child of his New York family. And though his father was a pianist, he fell in love with rock'n'roll at an early age, cycling through several small-time bands and roaming through the wilds of 1960s New York City.
But his life REALLY changed when he met his "mutant twin," Joe Perry ("Joe is cool, Freon runs in his veins; I'm hot, hot-blooded Calabrese, a sulphur sun beast, shooting my mouth off"). And lo, rock history was made. Their band Aerosmith rapidly ascended to become one of the biggest in rock history, careening and soaring along with Tyler's own ups and downs -- marriages, children, drugs and the band's breakups and reunions.
"Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?: A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir" is very different from most rock memoirs, which are usually written when the rock star's brain has cooled down and grown up. Steven Tyler still seems to be shooting off crimson sparks in every direction, ranting and rejoicing with insane joy.
This is also how he writes. He rambles energetically about the events of his life with surprising clarity, but he often interrupts himself with weird asides ("No wonder I got Lead Singer Disorder") and meditations on sex, women, drugs, God, childhood... and of course, music ("The blues, man, the blues... the blooze! That achin' ol' heart disease and joker in the heartbreak pack, demon engine of rock...")
And yes, he has countless interesting stories to tell, whether it's searching for elves in the Sunapee woods or getting bawled out by Anita Pallenberg for buying a book on black magic.
Tyler himself comes across as a giant, exuberant man-child, still crammed with insane energy. He's obviously very clever and intelligent (he boasts about rigging up electric fences IN HIS BEDROOM), and he stirs in literary references with his rock'n'roll knowledge. But he also includes some wrenching moments that have obviously scarred him deep, such as when he learned of his daughter Mia's troubles with cutting and drugs.
There's obviously still a lot of noise in Steven Tyler's head, and his wild, deranged memoir sweeps you away and sinks you into the manic recesses of his brain. Warning: do not operate heavy machinery while reading this!
I like this book tons! Not because I'm a huge Aerosmith fan - nope, but that fact made me buy it in the first place, but because it does actually give a decent insight into Steven Tyler (or what he wants to show us). There is a faint band history thread throughout the book, and there's little you won't have heard in that respect from the Walk This Way book by Stephen Davies or numerous other biogs. History wise it doesn't necessarily follow the linear characteristics of time as we perceive it as Mr. T jumps from one point in time to another with the skills of a timelord! But generally there is a loose history which in places does seem a little mixed up with regards what songs were on what albums e.t.c....but maybe I need to read it again, but what we do get is Steven's side of the story and even better his musings on life, art and everything else under the sun .... and that's what makes it so interesting, on top of that with him being a vocalist, singer and songwriter the prose and wordplay employed is a joy...does it all make sense? Haha..hard to say, it's his muse rearing it's head just enjoy the flow of words.
You won't agree on his opinions of everything, you don't have to...heck... you don't have to agree with anyone, and there's a bit where he seems a bit down on the inhabitants of some rehab place called Big Sur coz it'll be full of older guys who'll as he says in not so many words, remember you from their teens and regale you with stories of how much the band meant to them. Hmmmm...yeah well I'm pushing 50 now and I've been into the band since age 14 in 1977....jeez nearly 35 years , where on earth did that time go?? Having said that I wouldn't bore the pants off someone that way anyway (at least I hope not) so I can get where he's coming from. I guess the trick is never meet your heroes.
Anyway a great read, a bit off the wall but that's how it should be. Great band, entertaining read and a big thanks for the last 35 years or so ...here's to the next 20 Summers (at least!).
on 30 March 2012
I think I may have permanently dislocated my jaw, having had it hanging open for the past week reading this book! It is true Tyler - spiritual, poetic, mad, gob-smackingly shocking, and full of love. Having seen the band live & followed their career since the '80's, it is fascinating to read the inside view from the singer's perspective.
For the person who complained about Steven getting dates wrong - Tyler is the first to admit that years of drugs have addled his memories. I doubt he can recall much of the seventies, let alone specific dates, so give the man a break: if you want dates, go to Wikipedia! If you want humour, love, poetry, laughter, and a real insight into the heady highs & severe lows of rock, this is the book for you.
As for the comment about his constant references to his lyrics, I think you miss the point. Tyler is explaining where his lyrics come from. It is rare to get such insight into the song-writing process & the lyrics add to the reader's understanding of what goes on in Mr Tyler's head - which is, after all, the reason behind the book's title!
on 13 September 2014
Despite the high rating I've given this book, I actually think 'Walk This Way' - 'Aerosmith and Stephen Davies' is a superior choice. Most of the subject matter in Tyler's book is also covered in 'Walk This Way' but with more depth and with other band members perspectives. Tyler's book, being a more recent publication, naturally brings the reader up to date, much has happened since the end of 'Walk ....' although there seems to be a cyclical pattern to Tyler's life and he is often condemned to repeat the mistakes of his past, put simply Stephen is a relapsing drug addict who can not keep it in his pants. The tales of hedonism and decadence are of course great fun to read but a major gripe is Tyler's writing style. Words are often typed in capitals to show emphasis and there are more exclamation marks per page than any other book I've come across. His language is also annoying as he chooses to use hipster drug speak and a 60s-esque patois all engineered to show what a wacky character he is.
Overall this is an easy book to read and it does entertain. Had I not read 'Walk This Way', I would no doubt think more of Tyler's effort, but I have read it and it remains my preference.
on 15 July 2012
This has to be one of the strangest autobiographies I've ever read. Describing the style of writing is 'lively' is an understatement! Some parts are so jumbled you can hardly follow them, as Tyler goes off on so many tangents that sometimes the chronological order seems to have gone out the window. Other parts, however, are written with amazing clarity.
The funny thing is, despite these shifts between babble and lucid storytelling, he somehow manages to keep the story compelling all the while. I couldn't put the book down.
As you can imagine, there are lots of musings on drugs and addiction, but what I enjoyed more were the insights into the songs and the songwriting process, as well as his attachment to some of his songs. Tyler's a poet and and, in some strange way, maybe even something of a romantic at heart, and this all shines through when he writes about his music.
'Does the Noise in my Head Bother You?' is no ordinary autobiography. Perhaps only major fans of Aerosmith will appreciate it, since the writing style is as crazy as Tyler himself. It's just so damned entertaining at the same time!
on 25 June 2015
Tyler is prone to talking in riddles throughout this book,
whether he wrote this while under the influence of anything or not I do not know but
his text sometimes makes me wonder.
This account gives a picture of a man that was almost destined to make it to the top, whether he
liked it or not, and he did, nothing was going to stop him.
I found this to be a difficult read at times because of the ramblings/Americanisms/idiosyncrasies
and had to read it in stages.
The title says it all
Whether I will ever be the same again remains to be seen :-)
on 10 October 2014
Steven Tyler was expelled from High School for drug use. And so the stage was set for a life of excess - in every way: drugs, women, rock 'n roll. Steven doesn't pull his punches and says it like it is. It is a wonder he is still alive. Thank goodness he is. He loved the women he had children with and adores his children. His style of writing is flamboyant to say the least. The man is a poet and a thinker (when sober). All the band were doing drugs but Tyler seems to have been the fall guy. His childhood, the band and its rise, the music, the girls, the drugs and the rehab - it's all here. People have complained about the content and the language used, but what did they expect? Keep on rocking Mr. T!
on 16 August 2011
Great read !!! A brutal but honest and refreshing account of the life and loves of one of the most charismatic rock and roll lead singers.
I felt I had been let into the world of a rock n roll life style which is literally and metaphorically lived on the Edge !!Steven tells of his antics about the drug taking and the sex,in graphic detail in parts !!! Its amazing he and the Band have survived !
Cannot believe how the Band has stayed together with all the in fighting and break ups, I feel its stayed together because Steven Tyler is so passionate about his music and the band ,he said its like his second family .He also speaks with great passion about his parents, his loves and the greatest loves , his children, which he found hard over the years missing his children being on the road and rehab .
If you love Aeromith and Steven Tyler you'll love this read, its not a walk in the park as it is graphic at times about a passionate man !
on 26 May 2015
Steven Tyler's (semi) autobiography is pitch perfect when capturing the man's voice. This is both a blessing and a curse for the book, on the one hand feeling like a genuine memoir, yet on the other disappearing up its own arse for too many pages at a time. Overall, a solid read, though, with just as much time spent on the music and art as the drugs (well, almost). A must for Aerosmith fans.