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Scar Tissue: Red Hot Chili Peppers

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I was motivated to read the book less by Kiedis and more so by the potential presence of John Frusciante, the Chilis brilliant, mercurial guitarist.

By the time his band formed and became more popular in the 1980s, he and former bandmate Hillel Slovak had severe drug addictions. Still, the funny thing is that what I liked the most is that the book made me listen to the music with new ears, so to speak. Anthony Kiedis comes across as a self-centered idiot whose drug-abuse from such an early age has almost certainly damaged his brain in some way. After reading this bio, fans of Kiedis will likely find that Behind the Music is an endearing, inspiring musician that actually wears very little Scar Tissue in the end. Great display of what happens after a fractured brotherhood is put together again for a second time – egos put aside, near old age, maturity at an all time high.I’m not particularly squeamish, but I recoiled in horror more than once at the things Anthony manages to do to his body over a 20 year period.

In “Life,” Richards’ clearly reveres Mick in spite of their creative differences and wildly contrasting life philosophies.Set primarily in Hollywood, Scar Tissue reads like a journey through the underbelly of Tinseltown through the eyes of a young Kiedis: partying with his hippy dealer dad, first sexual experiences with his dad's girlfriend (yeah, yikes), being babysat by Sonny and Cher, accidentally trying heroin at the age of 14 (again, yikes). Anthony lived in Hollywood through some exciting times and has some strange encounters with celebrities that are likely to delight even reluctant starfuckers. Both may have qualified as "erotic politicians", Morrison's clever depiction of the Doors to a stunned and befuddled media.

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