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Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis
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Oct 12, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: autobiography
Recommended for: Fans of JP Donleavy

First of all, dismiss your preconceptions of the Red Hot Chili Peppers because Scar Tissue is an even more entertaining read if you imagine Anthony Keidis doesn't exist beyond the sex-obsessed, drug-driven, fictional protagonist created by some writer named Anthony Keidis. Much in the same way that a book like JP Donleavy's The GingerMan is fun to read because Sebastian Danger is a reckless, egomaniacal, boozer, sex-addict, who has no regard for the world around him or the feelings of the people he hurts, Scar Tissue follows suite with a never ending parade of sex acts and drug tales, told by Keidis (whose sense of entitlement rivals Danger's on every level), with the barely redeeming disclaimer that he has a band he cares about, he doesn't advocate domestic abuse, and he may sincerely be in love with Flea, or vice versa. But even Flea or the Chili Peppers couldn't quell Keidis' monster apetite for heroin, as he missed shows, touched death and dispair, and Ioni Sky's 17-year-old naked body while on ecstasy.

If you are a fan of the Chili Peppers you might be interested to know that Skye, who was married to Beastie Boy Adam Horowitz, still occasionally hooked up with Keidis, much to the anger of Ad Rock, so even though everyone assumed the Chili Peppers and the Beastie Boys broed together at Lallapalooza, that just wasn't true. By the way, why DO people (people like me) assume they were friends? Both mid 90's party bands that both jocks and indie nerds quoted lyrics from in their senior quotes?

Anyway, Scar Tissue is an easy read (maybe two hours) and even though I want to call bullshit on a lot of Keidis' stories, the regularity of his sexual and drug escapades (go out looking to score heroin, date some girl for three days, get reeled back in by Flea and the band for a tour, get back from tour and look to score heroin, sex, etc.) lead me to believe this was more or less the pattern of his life so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. Why someone ends up this severe an addict is ruminated upon (unconvincingly) by Keidis and although he doesn't posit any strong insights, I'm sure the fact that his father "Blackie" getting him high at age 9 and laid by 11 had something to do with it. Now "Blackie" is a roadie for his sons' band and the cycle continues.
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