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Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?: A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir

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“Steven Tyler is one of the giants of American music, who’s been influential for a whole generation of Rock ’n’ Roll fans around the world. Long May He Rock!”
—Sir Paul McCartney

Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? is the  rock memoir to end all rock memoirs—the straight-up, no-holds-barred life of Grammy Award-winning,  Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and all around
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 19th 2011 by Ecco (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jeffrey Keeten
May 26, 2011 Jeffrey Keeten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not really sure what most of the reviewers/readers of this book expected. They are complaining about the adolescent, egotistical, drug abusing, sex indulgent lifestyle of a rock star. This was what I already knew about Steven Tyler and that description pretty much fits any other hard rocking successful star from his era or any other era. He is hormonally driven. He is an addict. He is convinced of his own rock star immortality. I think that a large part of his success comes from being all of ...more
Jennifer
Dec 16, 2011 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Dear Steven Tyler;

The noise in your head doesn't bother me so much, I get a lot of noise in my own head so I can relate, to a degree, but the words in your book really bothered me. A lot. Because the words in your book are a poorly put together bunch of sentences and nonsensical tripe. Way worse than almost any noise. Except for maybe that noise Jim Carey makes in "Dumb & Dumber" when they are having that most irritating noise contest.

Your anecdotes aren't even funny or entertaining. Also -
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Sarah
May 16, 2011 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Steven said it best, "like most rock stars I suffer from Terminal Adolescence." And I felt like I was reading the diary of a 13-year-old. His story has become cliche: sex, drugs, and (a little bit of) rock n' roll.

There's no revelation here. No deep insight into him, his songs, or the band. In fact, you could probably guess and come close to writing the book yourself, but it'd probably be better written and less juvenile and vulgar.
Buggy
Opening line: “Life is short. Break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that makes you smile.”

Reading about rock stars and their insane lives of excess is one of my guilty pleasures. I find the rise to success intriguing and then there are always the drugs, the girls, the inevitable rehab, more rehab and the stories behind the story. You know, how a song originated, what the lyrics really mean, why he fell off the stage. Then there’s also the
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Allison
May 03, 2011 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non, rock
As a huge Aerosmith fan, part of me worried this book would be self-indulgent, clearing Steven's own name while sullying everyone else's. Another part of me thought it would be all about his rock & roll decadence, drug problems, women. Walk The Way (the band's autobiography), but focused solely on Steven. I'll admit that part of me wanted that, to hear his side of the story and all the juicy gossip.

I didn't get it.

At first, I was disappointed. The narrative was scattered - a section on Steve
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Lisa
Jun 23, 2011 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes, I gave it five stars. I loved this book. Most people look at me as though I am crazy for having even bought it, much less read it, and no one thinks he has the brains to write a book and don't believe that he did so. But he has a very powerful voice, and I don't mean a singing one.

As someone who has created a public persona, Steven Tyler is a bit over the top. But he is also Steven Tallarico; a boy who grew up summers in Sunapee, N.H. There is no doubt that the tie-in of living in the same
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Ken
May 21, 2011 Ken rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Actually, yes, yes it does. This book reads like being cornered at a party by that one guy who's a little older than everyone else and obviously went to a party one day years ago and never quite made it back. That guy who just goes on and on and just when you think you're following him, he veers and you can't make sense of him again. He won't shut up and you can't get away from him. That's how this book felt to me. One of the worst rock memoirs I've read.
Wendy
Jun 08, 2015 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jul-15
Quite The Ride Through A Wild & Crazy Life!
Debbie
Jul 01, 2011 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW! I've read quite a few memoirs, and I think this is one of the best. Is it spazzy and hard to follow at times? You bet. But you know, it's the noise in his head. I believe he writes how he probably talks. I've seen other reviews complaining that it's about sex, drugs and rock & roll. Well - DUH! It's Steven Tyler. That's his life. He's an addict. He owns it. He gets help. Will it ever stick? Who knows, but he's not denying what he is. He tells of the love/hate he and Joe Perry have. He's ...more
TBV
May 17, 2011 TBV rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was a little better than merely okay (which is the two star rating here at Goodreads). I actually give this book two and a half stars. Steven is a great front man and rock singer, but not much of a writer. His voice and style are too much like the way he actually talks and after a while that makes for sordid reading. I enjoyed the history of his band Aerosmith; I've been a fan since 1977. I also enjoyed his own history, the descriptions of how he developed his music, touring, bands he ...more
Jenn
May 11, 2011 Jenn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
From looking at the reviews for this book, evidently, I'm the lone dissenter. Aerosmith is one of the few bands/artists I've seen in person multiple times. Their songs are mostly silly and super fun. I like them a lot, but I'm not a super fan. So, when this book came out, I saw a lot of positive reviews. My library had it, so I put it on hold. I don't get it. Let me say that I'm not a terribly creative person. I'm certainly not a musician. And I've never done drugs. Maybe I just can't relate. Th ...more
Mahlon
May 03, 2011 Mahlon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
If you like Steven Tyler's stream of consciousness ramblings… Then you'll love this book. It's verbal diarrhea… Of the most charming kind
Mignon King
May 30, 2012 Mignon King rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just started it, having waited months for the library copy to be available. Yes, I'm thrifty, but I'm also the only person I know who had read/bought "Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith"--so I'm sure my Rock god will forgive me.

INTRO/CH.1 The first almost-20 pages of the book make my brain hurt. A little less stream-of-consciousness from a rocker who has done 50 years worth of drugs would assist readers who are not a)poets and b)drooling Tyler fans like myself. I love ya, Baby, but Ye
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Libby (Streed's Reads)
Aug 10, 2012 Libby (Streed's Reads) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Sex, drugs, rock-and-roll...with an emphasis on disrespect. This audiobook was unfinishable. I was disgusted by the recounting of a sex act and the disrespect for a woman (women).

The narrator did a decent enough job; but, Steven Tyler should have been his own voice for his autobiography.

This one is going onto my "discards" shelf...I just couldn't force myself to listen to anymore of it.
Leah (packfan20)
Jun 05, 2011 Leah (packfan20) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, non-fiction
Wow - there should be a disclaimer on this book that says if you are offended by ANYTHING, you better not read it! It is very raw and a bit shocking in some parts (but it's Steven Tyler, should I have been surprised???).

That being said, Steven Tyler really is talented. I was impressed to learn that he's not just some that screams into a mic - he's a musician! I enjoyed his descriptions of how they mixed the songs and how he came up with a bunch of his lyrics.
Quentin Wallace
I'm a huge Aerosmith fan, they are definitely in my top 5 bands of all time. I'm also a big Steven Tyler fan, as he and Robert Plant are who I consider to be the two best rock vocalists ever. This book gives a look at his life from his own viewpoint, and it does come across as very honest.

The first thing I have to say, most of this book seems to deal with his drug use. I would say 2/3 of the book (if not more) have at least a slight focus on his drug addictions. He started as a teenager, and it
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Apatters
Sep 11, 2012 Apatters rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The noise didn't bother me as much as some of the jibberish. I am the same age as Steven Tyler and dated boys in bands when I was in high school. Additionally, I also spent summers in New Hampshire when I was growing up so appreciate the the duality/dichotomy of his two lives. Although I was familiar with some of his music, I couldn't have told you that they were "Aerosmith" songs or that he was their lead singer - this could be that by time he was famous I was into other groups?

I actually wante
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M Tremmel
Sep 28, 2011 M Tremmel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Music documentaries and biographies (auto or otherwise) are my guilty pleasures. I cannot get enough. That is, perhaps, until now. Steven has the gift of gab as we've all seen who have tuned in to American Idol 2.0. However, the problem is that his publisher and editor do not limit the verbosity. Not even the most ardent music and Aerosmith fan wants to read or listen to the minute details of his upbringing and the endless stories of his rock n roll debauched lifestyle.

What makes matters worse
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David Rickert
I probably would never have picked up this book if I hadn't enjoyed Steven Tyler so much on American Idol (and there's a good chance that Steven Tyler saw American Idol as a good way to promote his boko and upcoming solo album). I also enjoyed Keith Richards' autobiography, and thought this might be another worthy read. However, I thought this one was just okay. For one thing, it's pretty raunchy, and seems filled with locker room talk of sexual conquests and "can you believe I did this and I'm ...more
Melissa
I don't really know if it's fair to write a review of a book I only read 19 pages of, but I'm going to anyway.

I know Steven Tyler is a bit odd. He's entitled to that, with a 40 year career in music, having gone through drug addiction and all that sort of lifestyle. But, that does not mean that I'm going to suffer through horrible transitions and prose that's all over the place. It's like talking to someone who's manic depressive when they're going through a manic episode.

And the random capitali
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Shana Dines
Jul 28, 2011 Shana Dines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't finished this book yet. The book sounds like Steven Tyler. ADHD and wild and crazy, just like Steven Tyler is. I was more interested in his childhood and his recovery. He is a phenomenal artist and like many is plagued with addiction. It is worse for those who are put on pedestals and have access to all the drugs that they could possibly want.

He also talks about how insane it was to be on the road. The artists, musicians make a lot of money and are pushed to make more for those who re
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Thomas Edmund
Feb 01, 2013 Thomas Edmund rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book is alot like listening to a drunken ramble (if they lasted 60 years.) Not because of genuine intoxication of the author (although I can't be 100%) but because of Steven's eccentric, non-linear, thought process. While this biography will take you from whoa to go in the right order, be ready to jump forward, back, sideways and outways as the author's sidetracks threaten to take over the whole book.

So if you can put up with that, the story of Aerosmith's LSD is a fascinating tale
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Rae
Mar 09, 2016 Rae rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a gift and was very unsure how I felt about it while reading. One thing I found distracting was the fact that he would get side-tracked during the telling of a memory and end up somewhere entirely. He even seemed incredibly self-centred, egotistical and narcissistic. Despite the fact that I did not like his writing and story telling style, a lot of his stories were very interesting especially earlier on in his life leading up to the formation of Aerosmith. You also get a ...more
John
Nov 01, 2012 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
3.5

The title is part of the refrain from one of the songs on a later Aerosmith album, “Nine Lives”.

Although Steven Tallarico, to use Tyler's legal name, has a ghost writer (David Dalton) doing a fair bit of the real graft of writing no doubt, the voice is very much that of the lead singer of Aerosmith. It had my attention from start to finish though I could see that his style wouldn't be to everybody's taste. I liked his honesty, his directness, humour and even the at times almost poetic, riddle
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Elizabeth
Sep 25, 2011 Elizabeth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 52-in-2011
Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? By Steven Tyler (pp. 400)

Aerosmith frontman, Steven Tyler tells his story in his own words. Always colorful and irreverent in his interviews, expectations for 400-pages of Tyler’s interesting word choice, rhyming combinations, overt strange, and likely indecipherable tall tales are understandably high. But with 40 years of material, a world-class rock band, drug addictions, and many front page romances, Tyler glosses over most of it.

The memoir reads mostly
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james
Jan 07, 2015 james rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Demon of Screamin'.
no doubt, one of the greatest vocalists/lead singers/frontmen of all time.
many parts of the book are very witty, as per steven's personality/charm. i lmao a LOT.

i have no right to judge anyone, particularly having never walked a step in their shoes, but as you can imagine, SOME of this book came off as the "whiny rock star" (ie. "poor me, so much money, so many beautiful women at my beck and call, any drug/anytime, etc; which i understand can have a dark side).
i do now have a
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Jeannie
May 06, 2011 Jeannie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans and non fans
Shelves: i-own
Wow!! Unsure if I can do justice to this book in my review. I was so eager to buy this that I made a special trip to town the day it came out just to buy it, then when I did start reading it, well it threw me for a loop and I kind of started dragging on reading it. This is because, for me, Steven (don't call him Steve!!) is such an unusual and out of the ordinary author, wow, the way he writes is just so different than anything I've ever read, well it was a tough read for me the first half of th ...more
Brett
Feb 29, 2012 Brett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed this stream-of-consciousness style read from the frenetic Aerosmith frontman, and if you expected anything different then you haven't done your homework.

I have a new respect for him as an artist who really seems to have a method to his musical madness and his desire to make it big from a young age never wavered and was never questioned. Unsatisfied with standing still, his thirst to stretch and vary Aerosmith's sound is admirable and their staying power is nothing short of extra
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Courtney
I am a big Aerosmith fan. I've been known to repeat songs like "Angel" and "Crazy" 10 times in a row. My "angry" song is "Walk on Water". And pink is my new obsession. So it was natural that I would want to read the autobiography (memoir?) of the man who started it all.

I had an idea of what I was getting myself into here (read: lots of sex, drugs, and rock & roll), but I was hoping that it would get toned down a bit to tell the story. Turns out that sex, drugs, and rock & roll IS the sto
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Robyn
Jul 28, 2011 Robyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2011
Holy What-it-is-ness! That was a wild and crazy ride! Never would have picked this up if I hadn't loved him so much on American Idol...I did not listen to much of their music. Heck I was just a baby (wink, wink). Aerosmith has only had a 40+ year career!!
On AI, I fell in love with his big heart, his style and sense of humor! I had no idea what a genius he is. It was very interesting learning about this legendary performer and what makes him tick. But seriously, how has he survived? He was totall
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Stephen Victor Tallarico, better known as Steven Tyler, is an American musician with Italian ancestry (His grandfather was Giovanni Tallarico, born and raised in Nicotera, Calabria), songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known as the frontman and lead singer for the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith.

In the 1970s and early 1980s, Tyler was also known for his heavy drug and alcohol abuse,
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