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Scar Tissue

Scar Tissue

4.6 334
by Anthony Kiedis, Larry Ratso Sloman (With)

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Now in paperback, the New York Times bestseller by one of rock's most provocative figures

Scar Tissue is Anthony Kiedis's searingly honest memoir of a life spent in the fast lane. In 1983, four self-described "knuckleheads" burst out of the mosh-pitted mosaic of the neo-punk rock scene in L.A. with their own unique brand of cosmic hardcore mayhem


Now in paperback, the New York Times bestseller by one of rock's most provocative figures

Scar Tissue is Anthony Kiedis's searingly honest memoir of a life spent in the fast lane. In 1983, four self-described "knuckleheads" burst out of the mosh-pitted mosaic of the neo-punk rock scene in L.A. with their own unique brand of cosmic hardcore mayhem funk. Over twenty years later, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, against all odds, have become one of the most successful bands in the world. Though the band has gone through many incarnations, Anthony Kiedis, the group's lyricist and dynamic lead singer, has been there for the whole roller-coaster ride.

Whether he's recollecting the influence of the beautiful, strong women who have been his muses, or retracing a journey that has included appearances as diverse as a performance before half a million people at Woodstock or an audience of one at the humble compound of the exiled Dalai Lama, Kiedis shares a compelling story about the price of success and excess. Scar Tissue is a story of dedication and debauchery, of intrigue and integrity, of recklessness and redemption--a story that could only have come out of the world of rock.

Editorial Reviews

Most rocker autobiographies are ponderously lame. Anthony Kiedis's Scar Tissue . . . is not. It's thoughtful, candid, and entertaining.
Kiedis' narrative of the funky, feckless Peppers' dues-paying years is vivid and inspiring.
Publishers Weekly
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 Sin ad 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. Agent, David Vigliano. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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One day I showed up to rehearsal and Jack and Hillel and Flea, who probably loved me more than any three guys on earth, said, "Anthony, we're kicking you out of the band. We want to play music and you obviously don't, so you have to go. We're going to get a different singer and we're going to go on so you're out of here."

I had a brief moment of clarity where I realized that they had every right in the world to fire me. It was really an obvious move, like cutting off your damn foot because it was gangrened so that the rest of your body wouldn't die. I just wanted to be remembered and acknowledged for those two or three years that I had been in the Red Hot Chili Peppers as a founding member, a guy who started something, a guy who made two records, and whatever else would come after that, that was theirs. Part of me was very genuine in letting go of the band. But part of what made it so easy for me to accept was that now I knew I had zero responsibilities and I could just go off with Kim and get loaded.

Much to their amazement I just shrugged and said, "You guys are right. I apologize for not contributing what I should have been contributing this whole time. It's a crying shame, but I understand completely and I wish you guys the best of luck."

And I left.

Meet the Author

Anthony Kiedis grew up in L.A. and formed The Red Hot Chili Peppers in high school. The group's breakthrough album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, was recorded in 1991; their 1999 album Californication sold over 13 million copies worldwide. Their latest album, By the Way, is one of their best sellers yet. The band toured extensively in 2003. Kiedis lives in the Los Angeles area.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
First and Foremost, Props to the Chili Peppers...Blood Sex Magic was apart of my college experience, and they command respect. With that said, I have a few observations. First, Anthony so desperately wants his readers to know what a ladies man he is. Why? I can understand writing about meaningful relationships and the effect they had on the author and his work, but in the end, my image of Anthony is weak and insecure for a couple of reasons: a) why does he feel so inclined to give such graphic detail to his sexual relations? I'm sure the women and their families really appreciated the detail. b) I grew tired and bored everytime he would say 'the second we meet I felt a connection and had to have her' or 'that was the most amazing sexual experience I ever had in my life'. Give me a break...these women come off as shallow party girls with starry eyes. Same old story as far as Rock Stars go. Your boy Jack Nicholson would never write a book detailing his sexual conquests, he has to much class and doesn't need the validation. I also find Anthony's attention to detail amazing when it comes to all his encounters with women, even though he was extremely loaded all the time, the verbal exchanges seem to be verbatum. I can barely remember the few encounters I had when I was young, and I'm only 32. And for those of you who feel that the redundant sexual detail are vital to the story, you're better off subscribing to Penthouse's Forum. Despite my aggressive stance on his 'womanizing' I did find value and insight on his battle with the dark energy that comes with his lifestyle. Anthony was honest. Drugs are fierce, and there is a dark spirit out there waging war for your soul. I felt his desperation and hopelessness. Addiction is no laughing matter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You do not have to be a hardcore RHCP fan to appreciate this book. I read it in one week laying in bed before going to sleep each night. There is not one dull moment. Most would think Flea would be the one with all the troubled past, but not so. Anthony Kiedis definitely holds nothing back in this book and his descriptions and articulate language is captivating. I have a new found appreciation for Anthony. Takes a lot of courage to open yourself up this way and let anyone who decides to read this book inside his mind. You will not be disappointed. I highly recommend it for any music enthusiast, or just your regular RHCP's fan. Your missing out if you don't pick this up.
Alyss10 More than 1 year ago
I didn't think that I would get such a great read from Anthony Kiedis. His lyricism is reflected through the writing and makes it a beautiful read. His story is shocking and outrageous and I couldn't help but feel compassion through his struggle with drug addiction. One of the best books I've read in a while. I could not put it down! I definitely recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book certainly delivered the insane stories of adventure, drug escapades, and life wisdom that i expected. For any fan of the chili peppers, whether diehard or casual, it is certainly worth the read. The book does get somewhat repetitive as the constant stories of drug abuse and sexual adventures become muddled together. However, it is still a gripping read and i would absolutely reccomend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will buy hardcopy to add to my collection. Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A poetic tell all tale of AK's journey from 13 year old drug user to rock & rolls biggest star. The words glide accross the page seemlessly as RHCP lyircs are connected with AK life experiences. Why wouldnt one of the greatest lyricists of all time NOT produce a masterpiece? Beautifully written. READ IT!
Fred_DeLeon More than 1 year ago
I'd recommend this book to anybody, even to those who aren't big fans of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Really great read! Check it out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read some of the more negative reviews, and I have to say I'm surprised by some of the comments. His crazy addictions to everything are a turn off? Really? What on earth did people expect from a rock star? I read some complaints that it was repetitive. That's part of the whole story of addiction. It IS repetitive.......it's that behavior, doing the same crazy stuff over and over.....that is the hallmark of being an addict. Yes, this is raw, and at times , very disturbing. A.K. succeeded in capturing what it feels like to be in THAT deep , and he pulls no punches, nor does he glamorize any of it. Its not easy to show such a dark side of yourself, and I give him a lot of credit.
ash0902000 More than 1 year ago
Having its obvious moments of crudeness, this book gives you a new appreciation for his band. Anthony is a candid, honest character that speaks his mind. He gives you the play by play of how he is who he is a doesn't leave out the gory unflattering details to gain popularity. I have a new respect for him now. This book is a very quick read and enjoyable.
renealanis More than 1 year ago
This book was a remarkable story of Anthony Kiedis's life. The singer of Red hot chili peppers! After I read this book I bought all of his cds!!!! I highly recommend this book i could not put it down once I started reading it! It is pretty intense and alot of drugs he did, so if your not into that i wouldn't read it! What an awesome book! I will read it again and again and again!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Interesting to read, but if you want to know what the book is about, I can sum it up with the following: I was high, then I quit. I was high, then I quit. I was high, then I quit. I was high......you get the picture. Gets stale after awhile and I question those who 'kiss and tell' in their bio books. I'm sure glad I was never in a relationship with Anthony Keidis or else I would have to explicitly read about it. He is too young to have written this book. Certainly he can't be hard up for money, but I question his motive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good read but was very heavy with fluff about every single sexual encounter he had. Some of that peppered in is fine but it started to get a little boring reading about girl after girl. I did respect the parts where Anthony opens up about his family and some of the sadness he has had to endure. I'd recommend it but be ready to skim through some repetitive sex and drug abuse stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes laugh, makes your jaw drop, and sometimes just gives you that warm fuzzy feeling. Never a dull moment
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So far so good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I still wouldn't let anyone just read this because of some the photos and mentioned acts of mayhem.
holeshot More than 1 year ago
while it takes balls to open yourself up like keidis does in this tell all. i cannot continue to support a band that allows someone to routinely subject everyone in his path to this destruction.it's one thing to have a raging drug problem i can empathize with that. plus it makes for great story telling but where i draw the line is at anthony's penchant for underage girls on several occassions he talks in great detail about the girls he's been with and several were nothing more than children.one girl he sleeps with and takes to the next town on their tour is 14. yet another is as anthony puts it"a few days from her 16 birthday". went from being stoked to read this book to disgusted in arist i've listened to since the beginning.this guy is a pedophile nothing more. and keidis if you read this dude just be very glad you never ran across my daughter,cause if you thought your drug addiction was an eight hundred pound gorrila as you reffered to it. i would be his twin brother. you owe some young girls lots of apologies. oh and by the way not one mention of your relationship with heidi klum hmmm i wonder why. could it be and i'm spitballing here,because she doesn't want to be associated with pedophile just a guess..... read the book for yourself and ask yourself how you would feel if one of these girls were your child.......
Guest More than 1 year ago
who knew u could go thru so much and still be alive. this book was so interestin i really did not want to stop reading. i would definitely recommend this book to ppl who want a good read.
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KateS98 More than 1 year ago
A must read for any Anthony Kiedis fan or just a general Chili Peppers fan. Very intriguing and informative. Great book!
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It was a real struggle to complete this book. It was more like a sex brag book. It got boring really fast.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book, and a must-have for an RHCP fan. It really is true that he talks about almost every single sexual encounter he had in his life, and it may get a little repetitive at times, but all of the reviews stating that his drug addiction is "repetitive" are misleading. His drug addiction was a real struggle. Comments saying "I was high, then I quit, I was high, then I quit" obviously don't understand that this is how drug addiction is. It's not supposed to be easy, and Anthony really does open up about the dark lows he's been at because of it. Drug addiction is an underlying theme throughout the book, and I feel that the constant repetitiveness about it shows that he's gone a long way to be sober, and it is more rewarding since he's gone through such a hard struggle to become sober.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You nasty! You nasty bro!
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