Scar Tissue: The Autobiography
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Scar Tissue: The Autobiography

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Paperback, 465 pages
Published November 3rd 2005 by Sphere (first published 2004)
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Ivan
Whew... had to put it down for a bit because I was having nightmares where Anthony Kiedis was chasing me because he thought I had his drugs.
Kevin Mellor
Some of the most self-absorbed pretentious new-age hippie crap I've ever read. No kidding. I wasn't expecting classic lit here, but give me a fucking break. Page after page of drugs, rehabs, sex relationships, drugs, auras, drugs, bad drug vibes, soul-brother bonding, drugs, more expensive rehabs, more drugs, sex relationships, bad auras, drugs...

On and on and on. I thought this might be mildly interesting because I actually liked 3 of the Chili Peppers' albums. I was wrong. Dead fucking wrong....more
Beth
So sue me...I'm a sucker for a celebrity biography, especially one packed with lurid details of drug use and ill-advised sexual escapades. And, I love the Chili Peppers, so this book was irresistible to me. I learned a little about Anthony Kiedis' song-writing process, which was nice. Unfortunately, I also learned that he is a selfish prick with a stunning lack of self-awareness. But, hey, it's only rock-n-roll, right?
John
I grew up too early for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. My college age son ravee about them, calling them the new Doors which make their lead singer Anthony Kiedis the equivalent of a modern Jim Morrison. There are some parallels between Kiedis and Morrison. Both crafted mind-numbing lyrics in the City of Light, trolling the back alleys, canyons and mountain retreats of the West Side. Both may have qualified as "erotic politicians", Morrison's clever depiction of the Doors to a stunned and befuddled...more
Bkilpatrick
Aug 05, 2007 Bkilpatrick rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Red Hot Chili Peppers fans, fan's of memoirs, people who are intersted in rock and roll lifestyles
Shelves: readbooks
First and foremost, this book is very easy to read. Whereas some books I have read I needed to be in a certain mood to enjoy them, I read this book at a variety of different times. The writing isn't very difficult to follow, as this book reads like someone telling you their life story.

At 500 pages, it really does not leave much of Anthony Kiedis' life out. At times it is slow and drags just a bit and others the the plot kind of gets redundant (like when it describes him kicking heroin and cocai...more
Bre
Let's say right now that I loved this book and I can't understand why so many people dogged on it so badly. If you can't stand the drugs-rehab-drugs-rehab seemingly endless cycle that exists in most of these memoirs, don't read them because that's how it generally works before something finally sticks. However, everyone has a different take on their own recovery and this one is the one that resonated the most with me.

After I read Dave Navarro's book a few years back, the whole 'recovery-memoir'...more
Kate
Jan 14, 2008 Kate rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: noone
This is the most self indulgent, poorly written pap I have ever had the misfortune to purchase at an airport bookshop. Despite the millions of copies sold, as proclaimed on the cover, it failed to impress.

Anthony Keidis happily retells how he wasted his life on drugs, screwed and screwed over countless women, friends and collegaues and ended up alone - not even his closest friend Flea talks to him any more.

I am annoyed by the fact that any percentage of the money I paid for this book will go to...more
Magnus
Feb 23, 2010 Magnus rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pepperheads, music fans in general
Even though I can only relate to a fraction of what is in this book, seeing how my own life is so radically different from that of the author, I loved every minute of reading this book. This book has everything you could possibly ask for; it made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me sad and it made me profoundly happy. If this book does not melt your heart, then you have a heart of stone. Someone shares his life with you in a very candid and open way, how can you not love that?

And of course, wha...more
Lauren (Sugar & Snark)
When I first started reading this book I thought to myself what a self involved asshole! Which is sad because I'm a big fan of the band and wanted to like him. In fact I had to have a little pep talk with myself so I could carry on reading. It went something along the lines of- "You don’t have to like the person to enjoy the book and find some worth in it." And that little talk stood me in good sted because I think I found the book even more fascinating after having accepted that Kiedis is not a...more
Nicola
Before picking up this book, my knowledge of Red Hot Chili Peppers was pretty minimal. I remember my sister playing Blood Sugar Sex Magik constantly when I was about 9, but since then, I completely lost track of the band. Regardless, Scar Tissue is a damn good read, if you’re interested in rock bands of any kind. I’ve found that fiction doesn’t lend itself too well to tales of rock star excess. That kind of hedonism can easily seem like pantomime – or simply dumb and contrived.

But, by virtue of...more
jeremy
Dec 08, 2007 jeremy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: eh.. anyone i guess
this is a good book, i guess. it was a very easy read, in fact i finished it very quickly (a couple reads) despite its size. the subject matter.. has me a little disturbed. it kinda made me wanna go out and score some dope, and shoot up between two cars.. he (anthony kiedis) makes drug abuse seem almost glorified. having never stuck a needle into my arm, i can only imagine the rush of "china white" into my system. i dont imagine that most drug abuser's experience are similar to tony's. he gets c...more
Julia
Oct 05, 2007 Julia rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: biography lovers/ rhcp fans
basically, anthony kiedis has been one of my celeb crushes through the years. this book pretty much ended that. i felt a little dirty after some of the sections. THAT kind of dirty... like i needed to go scrub the images from my mind each time i put the book down!

the stories were intriguing, i had no idea of some of the horrible things this guy has done. (or if i did have an idea, i was always able to brush it off!) i'm really surprised at how far he's been able to go in life with all the crazi...more
Natalie
I really think Anthony Kiedis is a sweetheart. Every single girl he sleeps with & writes about in this book is called some variation of a magical-pixie-angel-sex goddess-special unicorn-rainbow-fairie, and it gets to be a bit endearing. He's like this big loaf, a dumb jock, who just happens to write catchy, stupid (stupid catchy?) songs. It's amazing he's still alive & looks so great, all things considered. The more interesting story in this autobio is that of John Frusciante - when is H...more
Mandy
I’ve made a decision to read other people’s reviews of biographies and autobiographies in future, even all non-fiction really. It is grating to hear someone get opinionated about something they know nothing about and autobiographies can often be gratuitous attempts to resurrect dying careers.

Yes, yes, I’m still smarting from James “Britney’s Biographer” Blandfords attempts to chronicle a goddess and pretend he even knew what Doc Martens and Chelsea boots were.

Moving on.

The point is, had I actual...more
Michelle
I'll be honest, I'm not a huge Chili Peppers fan, my kid is. My son has read this book several times and he encouraged me to read it. After all, momma loves her some Rock God grit. Unfortunately, in my humble opinion, Anthony Keidis is far from Rock God status. Don't get me wrong, he's not a bad front man, he can carry a tune and some women would consider him eye candy. However, he would never look at a woman twice because according to him, he prefers 16 year old jail bate. “That’s what I love a...more
Melissa

Anthony Kiedis, I didn’t know you at all when I picked up this book that belongs to my 20 year old daughter. I did know that both she and my 24 year old son love Red Hot Chili Peppers and I knew you were in it. That’s all. I now know you were/are? a raging heroin/coke addict, you had sex with every female you wanted to + more (probably) and you were a pretty good rocker—when you weren’t in a hotel shooting heroin, which seemed like 90% of the time. Also, as I read your well-written (ghost-writte...more
Ryan
The only problem I found while reading this book was the fact that Kiedis is such a lucky pretentious fuck. The Red Hots are definitely not known for his voice, try the funky band, and by that I mean Flea. It's Flea. So basically Kiedis' memoirs are pretty much by the books for a 90's Rock Star--plenty of drugs, and plenty of women. These sections never cease to be at least somewhat entertaining. The main complaint with the book overall is Kiedis' constant, almost boastful, commentary. It's as i...more
Joe
_Scar Tissue_ amazed me on every level. It is difficult to know even where to begin.
I found it completely engaging on a historical/cultural level. His book expresses the zeitgeist of 80's Hollywood. He moves there at age 10 or 11 and thanks to his drug-dealer gadfly dad is fully engaged in the scene. He's meeting the Who, Zeppelin, hanging out at the Whisky, going to Hollywood parties, sharing a bed with Cher all before high school. Reading it, I got a visceral first-hand account of the emerge...more
Brennan
Jun 16, 2010 Brennan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: RHCP fans
So we have here Mr.Kedis's Biography,featuring his
most famous exploits with the peppers told
in an almost exaggerated way, I found it was'nt that
bad..but I must state I'm being bias here,as a huge
R.H.C.P fan I must say Anthony embodies the soul of
the band and so what if he comes off as an arrogant,
full of himself rock"n"roll star, his biography
seems sincere enough though at some parts you'll go
"nah,for real?"It is beyond a doubt that the man has
lived life to the fullest and is still kicking ass
an...more
Steve Mahoney
The autobiography, Scar Tissue, gives a detailed personal account of the life of Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The reader learns of the wild upbringing of the young Anthony in Hollywood’s party scene. Born in Michigan in 1962, he lived there with his mother after his parents divorced. When he moved to Las Angeles to live with his father he began to live his life. His father, a popular drug dealer with the Hollywood celebrities, never seriously took on his role of a fa...more
Arielle Walker
A pretty fascinating, no-holds-barred look into the life of the vocalist of one of my favourite bands. This is possibly the first ever memoir.autobiography I've come across where the author not only admits how awful he may have been at points, but also makes no excuses for it. This actually ended up with me feeling much more sympathetic towards him than if he'd just been saying how awful he'd been with no attempt at apology, OR constant explanations along the lines of "yes I was awful but only b...more
Sarah
Anthony Kiedis was the 2nd "bad boy" I was ever in lust with - first it was Bon Jovi when I was in the first grade, and then Anthony Kiedis in the fourth grade. Still love them both! lol

This book was amazing, maybe not a literary feat, but the story itself was gripping. How many people can say they were introduced to drugs by their father and slept in the same bed with Cher as a young child and were babysat by Sonny Bono and dated Ione Skye and watched one of their best friends slip into a drugg...more
TeacherMrLoria
Destruction leads to a very rough road but it also breeds creation
I picked this up because it was always a book that I would read a page or two out of while in a bookstore, so I finally decided to read “Scar Tissue” by Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I was stunned by the depth in this book. It’s an easy read, but it talks about drug addiction, music, love and spirituality on a profound level. It made me really appreciate the Chili Peppers and even make sense of some of...more
Jesse
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Ob-jonny
A fascinating story about a guy that I didn't know anything about until I read this book. He had the most interesting childhood I've ever heard of. He was hanging out with Keith Moon when he went to his dad's bar, and he was baby sat by Sonny and Cher. Talk about the odds of having that happen to you. It shows you how less conservative everything was back in the 70s where a kid could hang out in a bar at night. He was neglected by his dad but it allowed him to have lots of experiences and develo...more
Mark Farley
This is just the best autobiography and account on the reasoning of self-abuse ever written and certainly one of the best lead singer autobiographies out there. Obsessive fans of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, like me (a fan since 1986), thought they knew everything they could about this deeply private band, but we were wrong. It was so refreshing and heart warming to have the normally candid and private singer open his soul over his terrible drug addictions and lost loves. If you are a fan, you wil...more
K Dog
Easy read, an open diary of his life long struggle with drugs and alcohol. The language and text is very loose and written as if he is telling you the story face to face. I enjoyed the book Anthony and Flea went to high school in my area, they are older than me but I knew about the Chili Peppers, they were a local band and I would see them around the neighborhood. Brought back some L.A memories. I had no idea about his drug use and the severity of it. He always appeared to be one of those guys w...more
Dev
Having recently read Slash's autobiography I felt I was lost in one of his drug induced flashbacks. Both rockers are Hollywood hills kids growing up w/dangerously permissive hippie/coked out parents. There teens and 20's become an escalating party of drugs and more drugs, and a little music. Kiedis's mystical prattle starts to fall flat over his 5th rehab, and his very existence seems to speak to the luck of the draw. A young man who cant dance and can't sing(by his own admission) happens to be...more
Tressa
Aug 10, 2007 Tressa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: RHCP fans
Shelves: biography
I enjoy reading biographies. I was anxious to read Scar Tissue because I've been a fan since the '80s. Kiedis doesn't disappoint. I knew he was a wild child, but he doesn't hold back on revealing the good, the bad, and even the ugly in his life.

His lack of a relationship with his father is really sad. Seems like he's always searching for his love and approval. His exposure to drugs through his father has haunted him all his life.

Well, he's got a child on the way with some model. Let's hope he f...more
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Anthony Kiedis is a musician and the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Raised in Michigan, Kiedis went on to study at UCLA, but dropped out after losing interest, partially due to his abuse of hard drugs. After dropping out, Kiedis had an offer to open for a friend's band, so he got together with friends Flea, Hillel Slovak, and Jack Irons and eventually formed the Red Hot Chili Peppers, f...more
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