Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Scar Tissue

Working at a law firm I spend so many hours a week reading that I rarely have energy for reading for fun! But I have been thinking about re reading one of my favorite books-  Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis, The Red Hot Chili Peppers' vocalist. The Chili Peppers have been one of my favorite bands FOREVER, and this autobiography follows Kiedis's life from his birth in 1962 to 2004 when the book was released. It focuses a lot on his stuggles getting clean from drugs (believe it or not- he was almost kicked out of the band several times!), but this is not an all around depressing book- it is actually really entertaining, exciting and uplifting. Ever since reading Scar Tissue, I know about the women or experiences  my favorite songs by them are about!
Kiedis is actually a really talented writer!  He gives you an inside look into the days the band would tour with Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, etc. in the 90s. Kiedis describes Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain's volatile relationship and the time he found out Kurt passed away! It also talks about his early days growing up in California with his famous drug dealing dad.
This book is actually so good that HBO started making a TV series, Spider and Son, about the book that was supposed to premiere in 2010 (but the show wasn't picked up as a series). In 2011, it was reported that the rights to the show were picked up by FX and Entourage producers, but it is unclear when or if the show will ever come out.  The television series follows the first half of Scar Tissue where Anthony Kiedis is being raised by his drug dealing dad Spider (who also wrote an autobiography called Lords of the Sunset Strip).
If you are looking for a book that is entertaining on so many levels this is a must read! I promise you will love it!!
Readers, what are your suggestions on books I should read this fall?

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