Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?: A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir [NOOK Book]

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"I've been mythicized, Mick-icized, eulogized and fooligized, I've been Cole-Portered and farmer's-daughtered, I've been Led Zepped and 12-stepped. I'm a rhyming fool and so cool that me, Fritz the Cat, and Mohair Sam are the baddest cats that am. I have so many outrageous stories, too many, and I'm gonna tell 'em all. All the unexpurgated, brain-jangling tales of debauchery, sex & drugs, transcendence & chemical dependence you will ever want to hear."

The son of a classical pianist straight out of the ...

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Overview

"I've been mythicized, Mick-icized, eulogized and fooligized, I've been Cole-Portered and farmer's-daughtered, I've been Led Zepped and 12-stepped. I'm a rhyming fool and so cool that me, Fritz the Cat, and Mohair Sam are the baddest cats that am. I have so many outrageous stories, too many, and I'm gonna tell 'em all. All the unexpurgated, brain-jangling tales of debauchery, sex & drugs, transcendence & chemical dependence you will ever want to hear."

The son of a classical pianist straight out of the Bronx of old Archie comics, Steven Tyler was born to be a rock star. Weaned on Cole Porter, Nat King Cole, Mick—and his beloved Janis Joplin—Tyler began tearing up the streets and the stage as a teenager before finally meeting his "mutant twin" and legendary partner Joe Perry. In this addictively readable memoir, told in the playful, poetic voice that is uniquely his own, Tyler unabashedly recounts the meteoric rise, fall, and rise of Aerosmith over the last three decades and riffs on the music that gives it all meaning.

Tyler tells what it's like to be a living legend and the frontman of one of the world's most revered and infamous bands—the debauchery, the money, the notoriety, the fights, the motels and hotels, the elevators, limos, buses and jets, the rehab. He reveals the spiritual side that "gets lost behind the stereotype of the Sex Guy, the Drug Guy, the Demon of Screamin', the Terror of the Tropicana." And he talks about his epic romantic life and his relationship with his four children. As dazzling, bold, and out-on-the-edge as the man himself, Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? is an all-access backstage pass into this extraordinary showman's life.

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post
“[Tyler’s] forays into music theory are absorbing snapshots of what goes into making great songs. When Tyler is able to articulate what went into Aerosmith’s music, the book becomes fascinating.”
USA Today
“Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll…gets a booster shot of head-spinning authenticity in Steven Tyler’s brash memoir Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?...a frank, full, and colorful accounting of the band’s tumultuous history.”
Detroit News
“Tyler’s memory for detail makes for good reading.”
The Hollywood Reporter
“[Tyler] delivers the goods…[his] surprisingly insightful and entertaining voice brings the familiar contours of this story alive.... What on the surface seems clichéd...manages somehow to rise above that and be a fun ride [and] separates a Rock Star from a merely ordinary pop star.”
New York Times Book Review
“Tyler’s turbulently high-spirited cheer holds it all together.”
Rolling Stone
“Steven Tyler has a way with words…Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? Is 376 pages of pure, unfiltered Tyler…Noise is compelling stuff…Tyler’s at times gripping, often hilarious voice keeps things moving….”
Associated Press Staff
“Roll ‘em: Tyler’s memoir is a wild ride. Explicit and filled with expletives, it reads like an even wilder and louder version of Richards’ best-selling “Life.” Tyler, 63, settles back and tells story after story about life in the “most decadent, lecherous, sexiest, nastiest band in the land.””
Entertainment Weekly
“The Aerosmith frontman and American Idol judge delivers a no-holds-barred, ripsnorting (and rail-snorting) memoir that’s a crazy excursion into his entertaining mind.”
The Oregonian (Portland)
“Explicit and filled with expletives, the memoir—titled Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?—reads like an even wilder and louder version of Richards’ best-selling Life.”
Buffalo News
“At turns completely hilarious, surprisingly (perhaps, to some) coherent, poignant and sordid -- a heart-rending read. Once you’ve started it, putting it down is not an option. It would be easier to ignore Tyler from the front row of an Aerosmith concert.”
New York Daily News
“One of the book’s charms is Tyler’s lack of guilt or regret for anything in his life…Music fans will enjoy Tyler’s remembrances of the New York scene, dating from clubs like The Scene and Max’s Kansas City.”
New York Times
“Steven Tyler is an unalloyed genius.”
Houston Chronicle
“Strewn thought the book …are dozens of patented “Tylerisms” that can only come from his well-endowed motor-mouth.”
NPR's All Things Considered
“[Tyler] offers a colorful glimpse into his head as well as his life.... It’s got everything you want from a guilty pleasure: obscenity, revelation, bad behavior and humor. And, oh yeah, a beat you can dance to.”
Sir Paul McCartney
“Steven Tyler is one of the giants of American music, who’s been influential for a whole generation of Rock-n-Roll fans around the world. Long May He Rock!”
The Barnes & Noble Review

During a recent episode of "American Idol," the popular TV talent show in which the famously foul-mouthed and flamboyant Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has reinvented himself as a family-friendly judge, host Ryan Seacrest good-naturedly stopped by the judging table to rib Tyler about his new book, Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?

"This book is not for the faint of heart," Seacrest noted, adding, "You've really exposed yourself here. Is there any area you haven't touched?"

Tyler dodged the question, but the answer may well be "no." In his wildly galloping memoir (not to be confused with Aerosmith's 2003 exercise in group autobiography, Walk This Way), the man who has long fired up the blue-jean-wearing masses with songs including "Dream On," "Sweet Emotion," "Walk This Way" and "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)," singing and strutting his way into rock and roll history, seems to have left no story untold, no score unsettled, no secret unrevealed.

He rips into venal ex-managers and jealous ex-wives. (No fan of lawyers or monogamy he.) He goes into detail about the drugs he's done (he seems to have done them all, fondly describing where and how he did them and with whom and how they affected him) and the women he's done (ditto). He describes longstanding grievances with fellow band members (he and guitarist Joe Perry weren't called the "Toxic Twins" for nothing: "JOE'S A CREEP … I'M AN ASSHOLE," he writes emphatically) and even goes so far as to reveal their relative endowments.

While the book is unapologetically profane, inarguably self-serving and at times ragingly uncontrolled (like a memoir amped up on speed), it's also bracingly honest, frequently funny (as "Idol" watchers and Aerosmith fans know, Tyler has a way with a clever turn of phrase) and admirably human. Tyler's now 63 and a grandpa. He's gotten clean (several times), had children by three different women (two of whom he'd married), broken up and gotten back together with his band (who knows how many times?), and has finally made peace with many of his demons: the drug addictions, the romantic betrayals, the parenting failures, the ego-driven battles with band mates.

"I may be a monster," he writes, in apparent hope that the reader might see "the more spiritual side of me" beneath the bad boy stereotype, "but I'm a sensitive monster."

Ultimately, Tyler seems torn between the urge to preserve his carefully cultivated rock star pose and the desire to drop the mask. "It's hard to tell who I am by the trail left by my musical career," he writes. "I am the Demon of Screamin', the dude that looks like a lady, the rag doll that married Lucy in the Sky. But I'm also something more than the rock 'n' roll junky whore who got his foot inside the door."

Beneath Tyler's sex-and-drugs-and-rock-and-roll tough talk and raging narcissism -- Tyler calls it LSD: Lead Singer Disorder -- there's a surprising self-awareness, a capacity for empathy, an ability to connect. That's a big part of what has attracted all those fans and all those women -- and now, one imagines, all those readers.

--Amy Reiter




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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061959394
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 12,008
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Born Steven Victor Tallarico on March 26, 1948, in Yonkers, New York, Steven Tyler is the iconic songwriter, composer, and voice of Aerosmith—America's greatest rock 'n' roll band—and is considered one of rock's most recognizable and dynamic frontmen. Rolling Stone magazine has cited him as one of the greatest singers of all time.

After coming together in Sunapee, New Hampshire, in the late sixties, five musicians made the decision to move to Boston, live together, and become the band we know today as Aerosmith: Tyler as frontman, guitarist Joe Perry, bassist Tom Hamilton, guitarist Ray Tabano, later replaced by Brad Whitford, and drummer Joey Kramer. The band has sold more than 100 million records across the globe and won numerous prestigious awards—multiple Grammys, American Music awards, Billboard awards, and MTV awards—and was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

Aerosmith has infiltrated rock history with their memorable appearances in Wayne's World and The Simpsons, at the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXV in 2001, and in their own Aerosmith version of Guitar Hero. Their number one single, "Don't Want to Miss a Thing," was nominated for an Academy Award for best song for the movie Armageddon. In December 2010, Tyler performed for President Obama and the First Lady in a special tribute to Sir Paul McCartney at the Kennedy Center Honors. In January 2011, Tyler joined Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson, and host Ryan Seacrest as a judge on the Fox TV phenomenon American Idol.

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    At some points I felt like I had been doing all the drugs he talked about.

    This was an entertaining read. I found myself laughing out loud at some points and at others having so much trouble tracking that I felt I had been taking all those drugs right along with him. I think it delivers what it promises but I think the drug use is evident in the telling. I was having trouble with my Nook so I had trouble going back to see if I was correct but it seemed in the dialog about writing songs he would talk about writing them say in 1980 or something and then later in the book say he wrote them in 1970 something. I also felt that he wrote this somewhat to defend himself against what ex wives and bandmates had written about him. It was very defensive and it detracted from the book. It felt at some points like a 12 years old child defending bad behaviour or trying at least to justify it although some points he tried to make were actually done quite well. I also felt that he was a bit critical of fans, having not been a rock star I don't know what it's like but when he started complaining about fans telling him how Aerosmiths music played a role in their life I felt that was just bad form. I'm sure that after a while that stuff gets old but hey you have to take the bad with the good and I would think fans telling you how great you are and how much they love your music would be one of the easier things to tolerate.

    I liked the book, I thought it worth the money and it did make me want to read the other books he referred to just to see what the others had said that got his tail in a twist. I thought some of narrative was strictly for shock value and not necessary but it didn't bother me enough not to recommend reading this if you liked Aerosmith or Steven Tyler.

    And I wish B&N would limit reviews to comment about actual content and not complaints about price.... either you buy it or you don't, if your too cheap to buy it now wait for the price to come down, like you would if you were waiting for the paperback.

    33 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2011

    Excellent...and fairly priced

    I think that this book is amazing and well worth the price. And for you NOOK haters out there, the list price of the hardcover version of this book was 27.99. with tax that equates to roughly $31.00, and you are complaining about spending $15.00 on it? What, were you expecting B&N to just give you the book for free along with a complimentary Venti Latte from their cafe? Please look into all the facts before you write a review, Thank You.
    As I was saying, this is already a terrific book and I highly recommend it to any Aerosmith or Steven Tyler fan. I also recommend Joey Kramer's autobiography as well. Thank You.

    30 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2011

    coolest guy in the planet!

    Took a minute to get the feel of this book. However, I love his ' Steven-isms'. He's definately one of the rare ones in this world. I would love to spend a few hours picking his brain. There are too few like him! I feel like I understand him a little better. I'm so glad he exists in the universe with us!

    23 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2011

    Well worth the Money, Honey!

    For such a music legend, I would pay double. All in your perspective, I guess. Complaints about the cost should be directed to B&N's customer service dept., not as a review of this wonderful e-book.

    18 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    TYLER FEAVER

    IF YOU WANT TO "TAKE A WALK INSIDE HIS MIND" THEN GET THIS BOOK.
    YOU REALLY GET TO KNOW THE REAL STEVEN TALLARICO AND UNDERSTAND HIM MORE. NOW EVERYTIME I WATCH HIM ON AMERICAN IDOL, THERE'S SOMETHING IN THE BOOK (CANT TELL YOU OR IT WILL RUIN IT) THAT MAKES ME LAUGH WHEN I SEE HIM. SO IF YOU WANNA KNOW WHAT IT IS THEN.....BUY THE EFFIN' BOOK!!!
    XOXOXO

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2011

    Well Worth The Time

    Steven Tyler has a style all his own and is what made this book such a great read. I especially liked the parts about when he was growing up.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2011

    Will definitely buy and Review!!

    Thank you to those that gave an actual review of the book! I will definitely download on my Nook! Thanks for the 'heads up' about Chapter 4. For those that are hung up on the price... so be it! Sounds like you're going to miss a good read!

    10 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2011

    Great book

    BN doesn't set ebook prices. The publishers do.

    10 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2011

    Sample version missing pages

    The sample version was about 20 pages shorter than promised.

    8 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2012

    Lousy Book - Great Title

    Highly dissapointing.
    Disjointed, fragmented and full of meaningless Tyler gibberish.
    No chronology or flow. Lot's of lame Tyler-speak that is hard to get passed.
    Appears the editor rushed to publish to time with his American Idol appearance. More of a marketing gimmick that a well thought out autobiography.
    Pass

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    Thank you!

    To all those who actually reviewed the book, I wasn't sure since I don't normally read biogaphies. It sounds like Tyler's book is worth reading, so thanks to those who stayed on topic.

    6 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    Not what I expected

    I love S.T. And Aerosmith but the book was choppy and sometimes a little hard to follow. Really, not so great.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2011

    Story of another rock and roll drug addict

    Be it far from me to judge others but... For awhile I was getting a little bit tired about Steven Tyler "bragging" about his drug addiction. His love/hate relationship with the other band members started getting boring as well. At the end, Tyler suddenly seems to realize the benefits of a clean life. I am very grateful that my life didn't turn out like his. Give me a dull boring life with family and friends, with a wonderful wife of over 35 years, two wonderful and successful children along with beautiful grandchildren. I may not have a nice bank account balance like Tyler, but I do have a rich life. I also noticed a lot of blaming other people other than himself.
    Tyler's life seems pretty sad from what he tells the reader.
    Tyler also brags about his calling on demons. That's just pure insanity.
    If I were to compare this book to Eric Clapton's autobiography, I would prefer Clapton's. Clapton may have been a drug addict but at least he didn't brag about doing drugs. And in the end of his bio, he talks about humbling himself every morning and every night to God. Even though Tyler states that he says his prayers every day, I saw more of a sincerity in Clapton's bio.
    My rating of Tyler's book would be between two and two and a half stars.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2011

    How can this be so BORING?

    I guess ol Steve was trying to settle some scores and shed some light but to me it comes off as bitter and disjointed rambling. Save your money

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

    Surprised

    I never really followed Aerosmith and I only knew some of there songs and even then not knowing it was them. But after seeing Steven Tyler on American Idol and loving the character he is I had to buy the book. How accurate it is I don't know, it's his accuracy. But it is the most entertaining book I have read in a long time. I would love to meet him and the noise in his head in person. Stay clean.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    To be honest, I accidentally purchased this eBook on my Nook (th

    To be honest, I accidentally purchased this eBook on my Nook (thank goodness it was only $3 at that time!)...I knew Steven Tyler had released an autobiography, but I didn't really have any interest in reading it. Since I purchased it, I figured I might as well read it. I got about 30 pages into it, and I could not read any further. As a few of the other reviews mention, the writing is choppy and hard to follow, and there is no real rhythm to the book (or what I managed to read of it). Unless you are a die-hard fan, I would not recommend this.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    Libraries often have free ebook nook downloads

    Stop complaining about prices and use and support public libraries. Good modernlibraries have these titles.on loan or through free ebook downloads. I have reserved my copyandwill reportback oncontent asap! Sorry to use content time toremind folks of great options. If your publiclibrarycannotget this book it istime to lobby for modern libraries with adequatefunding so you rarely cannot find a book or periodical! My typing sucks inthis nook, sorry

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2011

    OOPS!!

    Dont buy the nookbook! It has an error in it :( Mine was missing the entire 4th chapter. B&N was great, credited my account, now I just have to wait for the hardcover to get here..

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2011

    Sample does not download correctly

    I hope this only happened to me--please note that the nook sample does not download correctly (I've tried it twice). Even though it says you get Chapter 1, you really only get the prologue. It skips ahead several pages.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2011

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    3 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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