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Scar Tissue

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  46,928 Ratings  ·  2,059 Reviews
Now in paperback, the New York Times bestseller by one of rocks most provocative figures Scar Tissue is Anthony Kiediss 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, ...more
Paperback, 465 pages
Published November 3rd 2005 by Sphere (first published 2004)
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Val ⚓️ ShamelessBitchySkanky ⚓️ Steamy Reads
DNF @ 55 pages

I just can't do this.

I can't listen to this egotistical asshat talk about himself and how his awesome dipshit of a father hand fed him pot and quaaludes at age 11 and "introduced" him to sex at age 12 by letting him bang his (Dad's) 18 year old girlfriend.

Because better than everyone else.

And because rockstar.

Here is a quote to show you what reading this is like:

"But on the whole, I wouldn't have traded my lifestyle for anything else, especially some of the mundane realities o
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Ivan
Aug 16, 2008 Ivan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ana
DNF.

I give up. Anthony Kiedis, go put a dollar in the douche jar.

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I recommend you stop being such a self-absorbed narcissist.

P.S. I still like your music.

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Another music bio. These rock stars have taught me so much.

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Beth
Jun 13, 2007 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs, rocknroll
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?
Jonathan Ashleigh
I am pretty sure Anthony Kiedis had a relationship with Flea which he does not describe and he had plenty of pages on which he could have, too many pages.
John
Apr 25, 2008 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I grew up too early for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. My college age son raves about them, calling them the new Doors which makes 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
Kate
Jan 14, 2008 Kate rated it did not like it  ·  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
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Bre
Sep 23, 2008 Bre rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, music
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'
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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 huge Red Hot Chili Peppers fan and really 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 th ...more
Orient
Jan 07, 2016 Orient rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who just love Red Hot Chilly Peppers and don't care about writing
Shelves: psychological, awful
So, where do I start? A realllllyyyyyy complicated process of reading this book, I really made up variuos reason how to escape "The Scar Tissue", that's why I read it for a really long time for me, 9 days, ouch! But, you know, the last 10 pages really worked for me. I dunno how to explain, maybe it's the Tony Kiedis charm or his Lithuanian roots, but I truly felt the change of him, the more mature and responsible version of him. But let's start from the beginning...
So, it doesn't matter how cool
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Bkilpatrick
Aug 05, 2007 Bkilpatrick rated it liked it  ·  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
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
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Magnus
Apr 27, 2007 Magnus rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Julia
Oct 05, 2007 Julia rated it liked it  ·  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
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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
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
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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
Ryan
Jun 09, 2007 Ryan rated it liked it
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
jeremy
May 24, 2007 jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  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
Natalie
Aug 17, 2010 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Melissa
Jun 09, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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Edwin Stratton-Mackay
Keidis is a narcissistic character vacuum with little to say. His autobiography is the story of a narcissistic characterless hustler, written by a narcissistic characterless hustler.

The narcissist is an emotional vacuum. In order to feel interesting, the narcissist will often fill the inner void with image, extreme behaviour, cocaine, heroin - or multiples of these things, because they act as substitutes for identity and substance.

Then the narcissist becomes a pretty, loud, cocaine/heroin/spee
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Crazy Something Maybe Reviews
DNF @ 8%.

The writing in this is terrible.
Jesse
Dec 20, 2010 Jesse rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Mandy
Jul 27, 2008 Mandy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
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
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Rita Meade
Mar 31, 2009 Rita Meade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir-biography
Compared to Nikki Sixx, Anthony Kiedis is freaking Shakespeare. Written in a simple yet honest voice, this book is not only completely entertaining in a voyeuristic way, but actually surprisingly moving at times....and shocking in others. (The section about his childhood was difficult to read, because he was basically robbed of one, which I suppose led to his troubles later on). One of the more interesting and candid addiction memoirs I've read so far- and I've read a lot!
Joe
Jun 07, 2009 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
_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
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Marsha
Mar 15, 2008 Marsha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
favorite.
Nathaniel James
Aug 04, 2014 Nathaniel James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a diehard Chilli Peppers fan since the release of The Uplift Mofo Party Plan way back in ’89 (I stole the cassette), you’d think I would have gotten around to reading this earlier. I knew about the drugs of course, and the death of Hillel Slovak, but I honestly had no idea how bad things really were.

I think miracle is probably the word that best describes how Anthony Kiedis managed to stay alive, much less write and record 8 studio albums by the time he finally kicked his addiction to heroin
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Brennan
Jun 30, 2009 Brennan rated it liked it  ·  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
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Leo Jacobowitz
Nov 09, 2011 Leo Jacobowitz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
“Scar Tissue” is a rather conventional rock n' roll autobiography from the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis. For fans of the band this book was written after the album Californication, which represented the band’s resurgence and ushered in their platinum decade. My wife cautiously recommended it as “airport reading.” Her description was apt. Nonetheless, for popular music fans, the book will be enjoyable. The tome is far less tragic than comparable rock bios like “No One ...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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