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Book Review: Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers

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No matter how awesome you think you are, you have come nowhere near the sheer volume of drugs which Anthony Kiedis has consumed, nor have you had as much incredible sex with as many spectacular women. That, roughly speaking, is the theme of Kiedis’ autobiography and, if even half of what he says is true, it’s hard to imagine that anyone will ever be able to trump him in either endeavour.

For those who do not know, Anthony Kiedis is the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, a merry band of funksters who have over the course of a career spanning two decades broken down a startling number of musical barriers in the mainstream and produced some fantastic music along the way.

The most damning indictment of the book is that there is literally no narrative structure here; Kiedis does not impose any sort of dramatic development on his story, so unless one is familiar with the outlines of Chili Pepper history, this is just one really, really, really long picaresque. And I use that word in its strongest pejorative sense: this is 465 pages of “this happened; then this happened; then this happened; then this happened; then this happened; then this happened; then this happened; then this happened; then this happened; oh, and then this happened; did I mention that this happened? No? Anyways, then this happened; then this happened…” and on and on seemingly ad infinitum.

Which is too bad: the Chili Peppers’ story could make for fascinating reading. They let their freak flag fly and eventually the music-buying public wandered over, trying to figure out what these guys were up to. They never really compromised their music, with even their poppiest tunes (except for the execrable One Hot Minute) slanted just slightly off-kilter to what the rest of the mainstream was doing. And the personalities in the band are, to put it mildly, eccentric: Kiedis is the beautiful, rapping, flowing, sex god, drug addict, front man; bassist Flea is the manic musician, the kind of guy who would probably be terribly unsettling to sit beside on the subway, but who, by all accounts, has a heart of gold; current (and former… it’s a long story) guitarist John Frusciante is a drug-damaged artiste; and Chad Smith, the drummer (of course) is the odd one out, the guy who doesn’t seem to fit in so well. Very little of this comes through in Scar Tissue; for example, Smith, who has been drumming for the band for more than fifteen years is barely mentioned, and almost no interactions between Kiedis and Smith are recounted, other than a drunken near-brawl in a hotel.

The story of the band really needs to be told by an outsider. Kiedis’ account (and yes, I understand that it is an autobiography, but come on) is too relentlessly solipsistic: other people function so tangentially to the story that they end up being props. One of the more chilling moments in reading the book is realizing that the overdose death of Hillel Slovak (the Chili Peppers’ original guitarist), who Kiedis refers to as his best friend and “soulmate”, prompts approximately a page of reflection from Kiedis. That’s it. After that, it’s on to further bouts of drug-taking, startlingly dysfunctional relationships with women and occasional musings on sobriety. More than anything this is the story of a raging drug addict who happens to be in a successful band. Unfortunately, the drug addict’s story (and, really, eventually they’re all the same) can’t sustain itself for the length of the book: it just becomes monotonous.

After plowing through the book, I still can’t decide whether to like Kiedis or not. There definitely were times when you recoil from him: self-absorbed; a remorseless juvenile delinquent and petty criminal; destructive to those around him. But, bizarrely, he still generally comes across as an alright guy. There’s an interesting story to be found somewhere in here, but Kiedis isn’t the one to tell it.

Grade: (For Chili Peppers fanatics) B
(For everyone else) D

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  • Eric Olsen

    very nice job Bob, thanks and welcome!

    I would add to your, “if even half of what he says is true, it’s hard to imagine that anyone will ever be able to trump him in either endeavour…”

    AND LIVE.

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  • Roel Janssen

    Couldn’t agree with you more. In addition to your comment about Chad I would say that I miss the other band members as well. It’s sad to realize that his memories of the perpetual cycle of drug abuse, addiction and rehab are apparently the most vivid and certainly the most predominant – says something about drug addiction.

  • sandi

    Oh, come on, he might not be a writer, and even if we missed the possibility of learning the complex history of the band, as he said it’s just a recall of his own experiences… and if that’s all well get, I still think it was brave to tell out all this.

  • rob

    Nice review. I picked up the book earlier this week and am only about 100 pages into it, but your review basically sums up most of my feelings so far. It’s basically drugs, sex, and reckless mischief, apparently from the time he was about seven years old. I was never really into Red Hot Chili Peppers, but growing up a skater/punker they were hard to miss. So even though it gets a bit monotonous at times, I still find it a fascinating read. I agree that it is very self-absorbed, and I’m not sure whether I’ll come away liking him very much. Nontheless I’m hooked til the end.

  • Julia Jackson

    I cant say that I disagree with Bob’s review (especially the bit about Hillel’s death) – however I read the book recently and found it absolutely compulsive. I found his sincerity rather admirable and consequently came away from the book really liking him! In the same way as James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces it plucked at my heart strings! And for any of you who have read Motley Crue’s The Dirt which is undeniabley a great read you cant say their redemption is as heart felt or utterly honest or that they half way as damn cool as Keidis!

  • redhotchilipepperfan

    Just bought this book 2 days ago, shows that people are different than the seem to be, as kiedis starts rollercoaster of life and getting himself dragged into situations that may of changed him from who he is today, plucked a few heart strings! as he makes his way through life at a young age dealing with drugs and tumbling with women and moving houses this book is sure to be one of the most wanted through-out the world, nothing can compare to this little boy who was so much as a scammer to the real deep haerted singer that has lead him fame and fortune today.

  • http://scop poop

    Dear Bob, i don think u know what your talking about. The book scar tissue is cleary a fascinating adventure through the life of rocks most aclaimed singers. So next time think about how interesting it was instead of how intellectual it was is

  • http://maddox.xmission.com sam

    The book doesn’t have to have an interesting plot. It’s an autobiography, and a story still continuing on to this day. He talks mostly of sex drugs and funk because for a large portion of his life, drugs were the most important thing, sex and funk coming in at a close second. I thought it was interesting to learn more about the close bond between the bandmates and how they grew up together. It was also and interesting look into the perils of drug addiction and the fact that drug addiction is a disease that can only be cured through counseling. Hearing how songs such as “Under the Bridge” and “Fight Like a Brave” were written also brought a new depth to the band that i never before felt.

  • danielle

    ive only just started reading scar tissue and its awesome..

  • barbie

    I saw Scar Tissue in the bookstore, and thought I should buy it, but I didn’t, because of I’m sick the whole “woo is me” bullshit from Rock Star’s, and it wouldn’t help me come closer to what I’m trying to reach within my life; but after reading your review I think I will.

  • MP

    Although Kiedis comes off quite arrogant, I truly can’t put this book down. He’s so removed from himself that he’s probably is a figment of his own imagination and that’s why this book is my drug. Gripping.

  • michelle

    I love this book.

    Kiedis is a self confessed asshole at times. You feel sorry for him at times you want to wrap him up and hug him. Like most addicts he is selfish and can’t see beyond the addiction.

    I agree parts of this book have the potential to be really interesting. I mean the part where he travels to that remote jungle was so fasinating and the death of Hillel and River Pheonix. There were a lot of areas which I feel he could have expanded on to make it more interesting.

    The book repeats itself a lot and it is a lot of drugs, sex, drugs, music, drugs, rehab, drugs, drugs and more drugs. I really wanted to slap him at the end when he was sober for five years then started using again.

    I like the way he brings the song lyrics into the book and explains where he gets the lyrics from. This was interesting.

    I felt sorry for the girls in the book. They all seemed to love him so much and he really didn’t seem to notice or care much for them back. This was really heart breaking especially with Ione.

    All in all an interesting book but there was areas whihc could have definately been improved.

  • molly

    ive never really been a huge fan of the chili peppers but lately ive been getting into their new stuff thats out and really enjoying it and also starting to listen to their much older stuff as well. ive been contemplating buying this book and i think it would be a good read. so what if its not intellectual its how HE wants to tell HIS story and everyone has a right to do that

  • melanie

    youre dumb anthony kiedis is amazing,

  • xakk

    listen, im not a fanantic, but you sir are a fuck ass.

  • spencer

    fuck you.

  • Les

    It took some getting into but once past the early days I found I couldn’t put the book down. Now I’ve got a couple of chapters left to go & im struggling. His story tends to slow down a bit when he’s clean, so I was just gagging for him to hit the drugs again. Now its just on the drugs, off the drugs, on, off, on, off- etc etc.
    how does he remember such details of his life when he’s spent most of it wasted?
    Despite sounding like I’m moaning, I think its great & will finish the book in the next week or so.
    Since reading it I’ve dug all my chili peppers albums out & its all I’m listening to in the car at the minute.

    Also I don’t know if its just me but it really makes me wanna go out & get stoned;-)

  • Godwhacker

    their music is excellent, but this book now needs to end soon, i’ve had enough of the drug abuse and screwing chicks.

  • mary jane

    I just feel kind of bad that the kickass, freewheeling nice guy I had idealized Keidis as is actually a kickass, freewheeling asshole. I keep feeling bad for Flea whenever I watch the interviews, Tony always seems to put him down somehow. I mean, I like assholes, but it would’ve been nice to defy that “most cool people are arrogant jerkoffs” rule that tends to be true. Fuck. Oh well. Maybe I’m just being naive.

  • http://blogcritics.org/archives/2004/12/08/112313.php Keara

    Hey Bob do you really think someone who has done more drugs then Ozzie Osborn is going to be a William Shakesphere? You are completely wrong about this moving and inspirational autobiography. I would suggest getting a new job, one that your actually at least decent at…you need to save for retirement. Best Book ever written you dumb piece of shit.

  • Karen

    I’ve been a fan of the Chili Peppers since I was 11 years old and my camp counsellor let me hear “True men” on her walkman…
    I was aware of the band’s, Anothony’s in particular, story ( in a roundabout way, as every fan knew he was an addict)
    I have always adored this band and adored it’s members… I have come away from this book annoyed as hell…
    The word “monotony” does not do it justice…
    I found him to be full of himself, I found that there were quite a few parts of the book that he seemd to be trying to “speak to” whomever he was speaking about by using the book… and although he tried to take part of the blame for his failed relationships with women, in the end it was always, ulimately, the woman’s fault and he had to end it… I think lots of the things he said could have been left unsaid… like I don’t really think he needed to throw Jack Nicholson’s name in there and the fact that he had his girlfriend sitting in his lap, smoking a joint with her… There was alot of naming names, some necessary, mostly not, and I wouldn’t be suprised if he has pissed a hell of a lot of people off with this book…
    By the end of the book I was so freggen annoyed with the “getting high, getting clean, getting high, getting clean stories…” it was the same thing over and over again… and even though he has been clean now a few years, who’s to say he will stay that way..? he stayed clean for 5 years once and relapsed… and again and again and again…
    I was really hoping it would have more “band moments”, and alot more humour.. the only time I laughed out loud was near the end when he spoke about the flame helmets and how on occaison they would malfunction and there would be 3 of them with these crazy flames shooting out and one of them would have this gay bic lighter flame coming from his…I wanted more of the funny stupid shit like that…
    His writing left so much to be desired… and even though he does seem like a genuinely nice human being, and one who wants to be happy and do good and be clean etc… he seems like a lost little boy.. I was so sick of the immaturity by the end… it was like he had learned alot, but really hasn’t grown up much… he seems like a lost soul that may never truly get it and may never stop hurting those around him…
    I hope I’m wrong…

  • Kevin

    I agree strongly with Bob saying that this book is written for lack of better words not professionally, but it really is a work written by the heart by what Kiedis knows best, and I belive that it has good messages spoken by the voice of expierience, and it can really restore hope to someone living a life of desperation and cheap thrills as Kiedis did.

  • Sib

    Well I completely disagree. I found scar tissue to be an incredible and honest autobiography! I could not put it down. Personally I think Anthony comes across as a lovely person. He gives a real understanding to his drug use and how he eventually fought his demons.

  • rawr

    One of the best books ive ever read… and believe me ive read a lot of books. Good review but for some reason when i read this book i felt as if i were on a rollercoaster ride through hollywood in the life of a rockstar through good times and bad, not *this happened then this happened blah blah blah. To each his own opinion thou.

    Also anthony says clearly in his book that chad and him were not very close til the later years.

    One more thing, most of the things in the book are hard to believe but then again i really did see these guys walk on stage with just socks over their stuff, something i know most people wouldnt do;) these guys are crazy cool and im glad keidis shared his experiences with the world.

    READ THIS BOOK IF U HAVENT!
    PEACE

  • fran

    i love this book and anthony is amazing but you havent read the motley crue “the dirt” or Nikki Sixx “the heroin diaries” if you think no one can trump him in e sex drugs n rockn roll department-

  • laura

    i have read the book through about 3 times. i have been a chili pepper fan since i was about 11, i love the book.
    as do all the other chili pepper fans i have talked to about it.
    fair enough if thats your oppinion.. But i do think that there isnt much of a point in reading it if you arent truly interested in the Chili’s.

    to me, its one of the most interesting books ive read.

  • woohoo

    uhh hello it IS an autobiography
    if you wanted to know about the red hot chili peppers THE BAND then go on youtube and watch documentaries on them

    READ THIS BOOK! ITS AMAZING!

  • arichman123

    Hey Im not even a big chili peppers fan . but a friend came over and left this book on the table so i picked it up, read some and could’nt put it down. if you like to read about drugs, tripping, drug induced insanity, sexual encounters, etc… this is an amazing book. trust me!
    (and by the way it’s also very moving, and deep)

    AND AN ABSOLUTE MUST FOR A RHCP FAN!

  • Adam G

    A kid brought this book to camp with him. We would read from it aloud. I didn’t even really know who the Red Hot CHili Peppers were before i read this book. and i thought it was fantastic. i finished 300 pages of it in a day. it is just a different perspective and what makes it uniuqe in part is how he tells it.

  • queenkiedis217

    I LOVE Anthony Kiedis
    I LOVE Red Hot Chili Peppers.
    I wanted to see if this book was worth reading or not, and you said this:

    (For Chili Peppers fanatics) B
    (For everyone else) D

    I’m a chili pepper fanatic so i’d enjoy it.
    though i’m kinda mad about chad not being mentioned enough. next to anthony, he’s the best chili pepper. but yeah. i heard it was good, so i’m gonna read it!… and i don’t read often!

  • Taylor

    ok so this book is amazing and this story is very intense and has too depth to even be concieved as made up. much love to the chili peppers!

  • jess.

    I thought this book was amazing.
    I wasn’t much of a chilli’s fan when I started reading it, and now that I’ve finished, they are my favourite band.
    Wish it had more about Dave in it!! :P

  • abraham

    The writer of this review is an idiot and his commentary serves as a poor, unappreciative piece of crap. Scar Tissue is a must read.

  • RHCPDIEHARD

    people anthony kiedis is awesome you all have to realize that not everyones a good writer RESPECT THE FOOL WHO MAKES THE TUNES YOU LOVE!

  • Maja Thuren

    In the book he can seem self-absorbed, but I absolutely adore him. I want to have his children!! GOD! Long live RHCP.

  • STICKCHICK

    I got this book for Christmas this year and finally have read it. I could not put it down and finished it in 2 days. Yes, AK is a drug addict and that explains his self-absorbed, selfish personality traits but you can tell even early on in the book that he is a victim of his environment and that is what causes him to become the sick, drug-addicted person he is. I was surprised that he does not seem to harbour any resentment towards his father…who gives their 11 year old kid a joint to smoke and splits qualudes with them and takes them to clubs and bars and surrounds them with drug-addicted, disfunctional people? At one point in the book he says that his dad never commented on his sobriety until the sixth anniversary which ironically was just after he relapsed the first time. I was surpised there was not more anger towards his father or at least a verbal realization through recovery that his father may have been the cause of his drug addiction and certainly encouraged those tendencies in a teenage (and pre-teenage)boy.
    Having said that, I loved the book, it was Anthony’s story more or less than the story of the RHCP and even though I was a fan of their music before picking up the book, after reading it I was even more enthralled with their songs. I loved how he explained how he wrote a lot of the songs, what inspired him to write what he did and now when I listen to the music I think about the lyrics and what he was going through at the time of writing. I loved the Yertle the Turtle story!

  • Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez

    To sam: where did you get this idea that drug addiction can only be cured with counseling? That’s utterly untrue. Sometimes counseling amounts to nothing more than an expensive band-aid. I’ve kicked a serious drug habit much the same as AK’s simply because it had played itself out and I tired of it. I still have urges and might even ‘chip’ once in a great while, but it’s no longer a threat of becoming a priority. And I imagine it’s the same for Keidis who recently had his first child (that we know about). No counseling in the world would have helped me and after reading his book I’m convinced it did little for him either. When you’ve developed a taste for something, there are no words that are going to make you stop liking it. You quit when you grow tired of it, usually after hitting rock bottom. Hitting rock bottom is actually more powerful than counseling. Sometimes hitting rock bottom is the most necessary part of the process. It opens your eyes and humbles you, but in Keidis’ case hitting rock bottom to become humble is near impossible considering who he is. There’s no real reason for him to quit. Drug addiction is definitely not something that hurts his reputation or record sales at this point. But it gets old and that’s the truth.

  • Sarah

    Upon encountering this book, not only did I have no interest in the music created by The Red Hot Chili Peppers but I felt very passionately that it was noise and not even worth listening to. So, clearly if i am to be considered a biased reader, it would be against the book. I was recommended this book by a friend and after a slow start, I found that i simply could not put it down. It is true that this book is extremely focused on the life of Anthony Kiedis, hence the fact it is an autobiography. It is not meant to be a story about the band,it is meant to be Kiedis’ story. The band is tied in throughout the book because the band and Kiedis’ musical sense grew just as he did, and played a huge role in his life and growth as a person. Also, seeing as Kiedis’ is the band’s lyricist, it makes sense that the band’s songs are mentioned throughout because those too were his personal words and views. I believe had this book been written by anyone else, it simply would not have had the same effect. Who better tell the story of Anthony Kiedis’ life but Kiedis’ himself?

  • faiithLMAO

    yeah [personal attack deleted] bob, you dont know what your talking about.
    that book didnt even seem long at all.id say it was perfect

  • Lisa

    so, i think a lot of what you just said is bullshit. Anthony Kiedis is the master of funk rock, and the chili peppers are the greatest band of all time. you obviously have no idea what youre talking about, otherwise you wouldnt have sounded like such a complete idiot. The book was awesome, and i think you should probably actuallly reeeaddd the book, instead of”plowing through it” before you start saying that the book isnt good.

  • TAYLORRR :)

    ANTHONY KIEDIS IS THE HOTTEST GUY EVER <3
    i’ve read this book 37 times; i love it; i love him; i love the red hot chili peppers :)

  • slinky B

    man, you dont know half what your talking about. Everyone I know who has read the book or knows him agrees that it is a great book and lets face it. What loser really examines the book to an extent of saying that he didn’t construct the story well enough? people want to know the events and fun times that Anthony and the band have experienced.That is what you get with this book. It is in no way dreary or boring. Oh and I don’t really get how you can say he’s not the man to tell the story. Well, for a start he was there the entire time and secondly, it is his autobiography. I also find it very unfair of you to judge his character on merely the fact that for a time he was a drug addict. If it wasnt for drugs, you wouldnt have the Chili Peppers in the first place. So please understand that Anthony Kiedis told a great story of his life and those around him. Yours truly, Michael Balzary.

  • Nick

    Ive read about 100 pages so far and i was never expecting a red hot chili peppers biography… simply because it never said it on the cover.. its anthony kiedis’s biography… so far from what ive read its an amazing story of a boy and his father fending for them self.. With a unbeleviable amount of drugs involved

  • Jordan Richardson

    What loser really examines the book to an extent of saying that he didn’t construct the story well enough?

    Losers who actually like to enjoy the books they’re reading.

  • antoinette

    Oddly enough, I am reading the book for the first time in 2009, so my review of it is dated. I find Kiedis to be fascinating for many reasons. I am from Minnesota and grew up in Los Angeles at the same time and moved to California at the same age and recall many of the same themes — the stranger and more eccentric you acted — the more accepted you were. I also went to UCLA but graduated. I find that Anthony is a very deep person with very deep feelings — hence his demons. He fortunately happened to be very talented unlike many addicts who are not, and he worked hard for his Art, which I admire. I admire his honesty. It is not easy to expose yourself in such a way–especially if you treasure privacy. He does speak of this and of not liking being recognized by everybody. I also found that Anthony was a sex addict which would go hand in hand with being an addict. He did not explore his relationships with other band members in great depth, and did give Hillel scant mention. He was deeply hurt by his death and went on a binge. That was how he dealt with the pain. I think he felt his death deeply, and chose not to write about it in great depth because of that pain. I find his childhood to be very interesting and also find that his story is a true rags to riches, Horatio Alger tale, which makes it that much more interesting. I hope he finds his dreams. He is a true Peter Pan in many ways but is also growing up, which is evident in later interviews. Some parts of the book made me chuckle in a macabre sort of way. His Psych ward experience was funny but horrible. Fascinating person. Also, I like his ethereal, sad, melancholic, poetic songs, which are a tribute to the entire band. They make music magic and know each other so well that they can create music together as one. I guess that is why I read the autobiography.

  • Shayla

    Honestly, this is my favorite book. Yes, the gist of it is mainly drugs and sex but if that’s ALL this book is to you…then you’ve clearly missed the point. This is the most inspiring novel I’ve ever read. The theme is “the worst times in your life can also make you a better person in the end.” You gotta go through tough times to come out stronger. That has proved in my life and obviously in Anthony Kiedis’s life. He’s inspiring. Pure inspiration.

  • yeah dat me

    I’ve been reading this book all week and its the best autobiograhy I’ve ever finished. He might not be as deeply analytical as other authors but I’m pretty sure those other authors are dull as fuck.

  • April

    First of all John is not just a grug damaged artiste.. That sentense does not sound right at all to me. I think Anthony’s intention here is to talk about HIS LIFE ( AUTOBIOGRAPHY) and not talk about the Chili peppers..It’s about his stuggle with getting over drugs and his personal experiences. And by the way, a fan would give it a grade of A+++++
    I think it’s an amazing

  • Alex

    this book is amazing, I could not put it down from the moment i started reading it. all i can say is what a life this man has lived, tought times, happy times so many fucked up times and he is still here with us today> cheers to that, what a lifes story.

  • Mike

    This is the most fascinating book i have ever read, the best book i have ever read.

  • dork

    I hate it when people say “i didnt even know who they chilis were before i read this book, but now i love them =]” oh yeah? well i was a BIG fan before i read the book so BEAT THAT! Yeah, good book.

  • Blah

    Anthony’s book was incredibly compelling, sincere and well-written. So you can SUCK IT.

  • http://www.soberliving.com kelly

    We love the credit given to AA and are happy we share a common solution,all are welcome to our 12 step meetings on the beach.

  • Lizzy

    One of my favourite books ever, I can’t say one negative thing about Anthony or the book, his whole life has been fascinating and I think he’s a beautiful person. I’ve read it so many times and find it gripping, I cry at so many points, and smile and laugh.
    I don’t care that it’s not written in an amazing narrative style because he’s not a writer, he’s a human being with stories and feelings to share.

  • mismel

    I don’t understand these negative comments! It’s an autobiography! Was Anthony supposed to change his history in order to write a book that wasn’t ‘monotonous’? He simply told his life story, which is to be expected of this book surely?

    The so-called ‘name dropping’ would be part of this too as, I’m sure, had some of it been untrue, there would’ve been a lot of suing going on. I myself would’ve been disappointed had important characters gone un-named, or given aliases. Reading the names of these famous people only seemed to make it more real for me, more of a true autobiography. I feel he was very brave in naming those people and to be fair, it isn’t as if he needs to make any kind of ‘claim to fame’.

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and never really felt he was overly full of himself. Although at times, he actually did admit to this type of behaviour throughout the book, as well as other character flaws. I found it to be well written, and an easy read.

  • sam

    I loved the book.It was brutally honest
    which is something great about it.

  • review this

    okay im not a huge reader and i started to read this book on the toilet oneday just a few pages at a time i never really finish books by page 40 i was hooked this book is amazing for those who dont like it im guessing you dont have much experiences similer to anothney in one way or another.. AMAZING BOOK FULL STOP.

  • angie

    Buying the book tonight!!! Huge fan:)

  • matthew

    I have not read this yet and I don’t think I will. I preffer to see him the way I thought I did. Some things are meant to be unread.

  • hapy kola

    I think you are reviewing the book for what you want it to be and not what it is. It is the Anthony Kiedis autobiography, not the RHCP autobiography. Furthermore he actually says in the book that its a myth that the death of a friend immediately prompts sobriety, the nature of addiction means you want more to forget about it. Hillel’s death is also a prominent feature in his thinking throughout the book and does not just amount to a page description. There are many stories and I’m sure a reader might want elaboration on, but that would amount to a 1000+ page book. This book goes really deep to explain the sexdrugsrock&roll phenomenon, and I think the honesty is admirable. In the book he gives reasons for his actions which seem insane, but an addicts thinking is clouded and he was being honest. I think you should be more respectful to the honest insight into a rock stars life and not what you find readable.

  • Noah

    You are obviously wrong if the book was supposed to be about the band then the front cover would have been a picture of the band not a picture of Kiedis shooting up heroin

  • Tyler

    SCAR TISSUE WAS AN AMAZING BOOK. YOU ARE SO DUMB I KNEW NOTHING ABOUT THE CHILI PEPPERS GOING INTO READING THIS BOOK EXCEPT THAT THEY MADE A SONG NAMED CALIFORNICATION AND BY THE WAT. I NOW LOVE THEM AND THEY ARE MY FAVORITE BAND. NO ONES BIOGRAPHY BEATS THIS. I HAVE READ IT 5 TIMES ALREADY AND STILL CONTINUE TO READ IT!!!! I DEFINATELY SUGGEST GETTING THIS BOOK TO ANYONE OVER 12.

  • Jon

    This review is dead on. After reading this book, it is just a collection of events. The book doesn’t flow very well. keidis is a self-center cardboard asshole. No personality, dry.. non remorseful, plain dickhead. Odd that he doesn’t talk about his band mates at all. This can be the case of idol worship at the beginning.. being a fan, but once reality sets in and you finally get a glimpse of the person, you are still a fan of the music but not the person.. That sums up it all

  • Eric

    Great review man exactly how I felt

  • Callum

    Some of these comments are some of the stupiods fucking shit I’ve heard.. Yeah so what that Anthony kiedis book isn’t what u want it to be and he came across as a bit of an asshole but it was he autobiography which means HIS story, not the band story. And like Keara said “do you really think someone who has done more drugs then Ozzie Osborn is going to be a william shakespeare??” His book is amaaaaazing and Anthony Kiedis is a living legand…..

  • pete

    400 or so pages of the same story. “I fell in love with a girl, I did heroin and coke. BTW, she was the greatest love of my life” — every one of them. Unfortunately, a man who has traveled the globe, met great people and has nothing to share but the above for 400 pages…..Unremarkable to say the least, and I am a RHCP fan.

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    When I was a child, I tried to do the same thing and nearly ruined myself.

  • Smee

    All I got out of it is that he always was, is, and probably always will be a selfish pr*ck. The book ended up with three things happening over and over. He goes off the rails, he gets clean, he makes music. Repeat. Repeat again. Then celebrity name drop as much as possible and you have a book. Wanker.