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Scar Tissue [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Kiedis , Larry Soloman
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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For a musician who has spent the better half of his life either intoxicated or on a drug high, Kiedis, the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, has produced a surprisingly detailed account of his life. Raised in the 1960s and '70s by a drug dealer father who first introduced his preteen son to drugs by mashing them into bananas, the high school delinquent and UCLA dropout seemed destined for a life of rabble-rousing until his high school band—cofounded by close friends Michael "Flea" Balzary and Hillel Slovak—took off and became one of the most popular groups of the 1990s. Though he peppers his book with little known facts (for instance, the author narrowly missed being named Clark Gable Kiedis), the punk-funk rocker dedicates too few pages to his introspective music-writing process and too many to his incessant drug use and revolving door of girlfriends (which included actress Ione Skye, singer Sinéad O'Connor and director Sofia Coppola). But while Kiedis fails to scratch beneath the surface of his fast-lane life, his frankness is moving, especially toward the end of the book, when his mea culpa turns into a full-blown account of recovery and redemption. (Kiedis has been sober for almost four years.) Though not generally as articulate as Marilyn Manson's similar autobiography, Kiedis's story of childhood drug use, adolescent fame and hard-won maturity will strike a chord with fans of Drew Barrymore's Little Girl Lost.
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'Kiedis recounts his pharmacological odyssey with wide-eyed relish and a refreshing lack of rehab remorse' Sunday Times 'Everyone who reads this genuinely outrageous book will have their own favourite scene' Independent on Sunday 'An entertaining account of being the most priapic, junkie member of California's most priapic, junkie rock band' Guardian 'The year's most astonishing rock autobiography' Observer

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable Memoir-Raw and Honest Nov. 6 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
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We know Anthony as the front man for the "Red Hot Chili Peppers". Now we know the "Man". The honest and forthcoming memoir of the man behind the music and his daily trials and tribulations. What makes him tick. What makes him work so hard at success. What makes him the man he is today. This is one book you will surely enjoy, especially if you are a fan like me. It will open your eyes to all that Anthony is in life.
Other inspirational reads are: Nightmares Echo by Katlyn Stewart, Skywriting by Jane Pauley, and The Chronicals by Bob Dylan
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it's at the top of my list! June 29 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I don't usually write reviews for books that I've read, but I feel this book deserves one! I LOVED this book! such an amazing story of Anthony Kiedis' life. The story was so detailed and i was so involved with the book that i almost feel as if i know Anthony Kiedis myself. It is a long book to read but i just couldn't stop reading. i'd recommend it to everyone, especially RHCP fans... you'll appreciate them all that much more knowing what they've been through!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply enthralling! June 13 2007
By Grim
Format:Paperback
Enter the life of Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis. He's had an crazy life of sex, drugs and excess that begins at a very early age. It paints a great picture of what hollywood and the music scene used to be and what they are today. All I can say is read the book. Even if your not a fan of the Peppers, you'll enjoy it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book is Red Hot Sept. 28 2004
Format:Hardcover
I am reading this book now and it is fantastic, If you are a Red Hot Chili Peppers fan you got to read it, It tells you the history of the band and him. You really see how his childhood is filled with drugs and sexual things. We see how his life is scared such as the title of the book refers. We see how it effects him. We see how women play a big role in his life because he talks about that most of the book, it is basically him in a band and life with girls. Excellent biography, very intresting, not for teens under 13 a lot of swaering and refers a lot to sex. Go out and buy this book. Has amazing pictures also. Also tells you how some songs came to be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I've developed a crush for Keidis. Nov. 2 2006
Format:Paperback
I have always enjoyed the RHCP however, I wouldn't have placed them amongst my top 10... or even perhaps top 20 favourite bands. But I have gained a new appreciation for the boys, and of course especially Kiedis, upon reading Scar Tissue. It is a fascinating story of Kiedis' life and the reason I adored this autobiography so much is how he seems to cherish and appreciate every experience he's had along the way, the positive ones, and especially the negative ones, because he knows that each one of those experiences has helped mold him into the person that he is today. It's his passion for life that has caused me to develop a little crush on the guy... ;)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening April 21 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Easy to read, refreshingly honest and eye opening as you take a tour through the roller coaster life of the lead singer of one of my all-time favourite bands.

Keidis doesn't pretend to be an angel, and is honest about his shortcomings. The first half of the book is the most rewarding as it is filled with new insights into his early life. While the songs, lyrics and cultural references are more familiar in the second half, it is more of an 'on again, off again' sober vs relapse story that is equally compelling but less insightful.

The hardest part of this book is trying to relate to the constant relapses and ping-ponging from girlfriend to girlfriend. It's so unfamiliar to me that it was hard to understand.

What a life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Put On Your Must Buy List March 24 2007
Format:Paperback
Excellent read, never a dull moment, literally you will find yourself asking if this truly could be someone's life. Fact or fiction it provides great entertainment well worth the price. And plus, if it is all fact than there's some great stuff you should find out about.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars About a rock star July 30 2008
Format:Paperback
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 self-described and delivered by what I define a rather flat narrative. A repetition of events -and most often, a vicious circle, literally- that failed to engage me in full in a few parts. That does not mean that I did not "appreciate" the content. If anything, his is an often brutal testimony of what a serious drug addiction can do to a human being (I felt that this book was more about his drug addiction than about his life or the RHCP).

The "facts": oh, I would have a thing or two to say about his upbringing, I am itching to do it. But. Anthony comes out to be so non-judgemental, so not-critical, so loving towards his family, which he clearly loves to bits to this day, that I am discouraged to say anything more about it. And I respect him for not pointing any accusing finger, about back then or later on. He is not blaming anyone, or at least, that's the way I have perceived the core of this book. In his words, it was mostly all about "the shortcut", which brought him to jump fences instead of walking on a proper path, figuratively and literally. The drugs, his love stories, his songs, the band, the friends he has lost to drugs, the rehabs, and drugs again... An indefinable sense of hopelessness, sometimes peppered with sober, more productive moments, where the love towards life shines in full. I think that it is at this point that he chose to write the book, after a few years of sobriety.
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Published 3 months ago by Patrick
3.0 out of 5 stars Junky, however you want to look at it.
While the uncountable Kiedis relapses did not leave much room for anything else... I did manage to take away some interesting RHCP tidbits that will may eventually come in handy... Read more
Published 7 months ago by t
4.0 out of 5 stars The book everyone and their best friend seem to have!
This book has been out for some time now and it's one of those books you always happen to see out of the corner of your eye when you're visiting someone's home for the first time. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Arto345
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock and roll
Excellent book by a crazy sob with a crazy crazy life. Must read for rock and roll fans. Great read
Published 8 months ago by Jared Reynolds
4.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Great book of a life in ten million .
Anthony keidis had a fascinating life , hard to believe he's still alive.
Published 9 months ago by franky doody
5.0 out of 5 stars Very telling.
Great book, writing by a very smart man, about his struggles with drugs and love. Entertaining from the beginning to the end.
Published 11 months ago by Micaela Chew
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I'm always amazed how these rock stars survive their crazy lives, this story keeps you guessing and will not leave you hanging.
Great book Anthony!
Published 12 months ago by Rejean Comeau
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, condition brand new
Thank you for the nice contact and also for the delivery to canada
Book is in a very good condition and the delivery was fast and excellent.
Published on Oct. 3 2011 by Sabine Tonke
5.0 out of 5 stars Tantilizing
This book was to blame for many, many sleepless nights where I was unable to put it down. As a huge fan of the RHCP I anticipated learning more about the alluring front man. Read more
Published on April 18 2008 by Catherine L. Hodgson
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