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Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,662 ratings  ·  266 reviews
In the tradition of the mega-bestseller Life by Keith Richards, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry opens up for the first time about the wild, inside story of his life in the legendary band he cofounded in 1970—which is still going strong today.

In Rocks, Joe Perry exposes his unrepentant, unbridled life as the lead guitarist of Aerosmith. He delves deep into his volatile, profound, and
ebook, 432 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Simon Schuster
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Ashley Daviau
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve always really enjoyed rock autobiographies and this one was no different! Aerosmith is one of my favourite bands and getting a behind the scenes glimpse at how the band came to be was an absolute treat. I’ve read Steven Tyler’s book as well but I really enjoyed getting to see the perspective of another band member, especially one as fascinating as Joe Perry! I absolutely adored the pictures as well, they were such a great addition to the book and I kept flipping back to look at them at feas ...more
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vicki by: Auntee
Overall I really enjoyed this one, it was great to read all the back stories on how the band was formed and how he stayed successful whether in the band or on his own. Sometimes the book seemed a little long but still kept me interested.

*ARC provided by Netgalley
OMG! i just wrote a giant open letter to joe perry and it did not save. GRRRRRRR!!!

will attempt to recreate it later.

so annoyed right now.


1) bland and boring;
2) cowriter issue? bad choice? felt/sounded unauthentic - for example:
" It was a magical time when the chaos of the noisy world was becalmed by a blanket of freshly fallen snow."
seriously? how do i reconcile that sentence coming out of joe perry's mouth?
3) the ladies -- 'servicing the groupies' mentality of objectification, or opposed
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of rock memoirs
I'll admit I'm not the biggest fan of Aerosmith, but I am familiar with their work (and enjoy some of their hit songs) and was a bit curious about what dirt lead guitarist/founder Joe Perry had to dish up (including his sometimes dysfunctional/yet brotherly relationship with Steven Tyler). So this memoir (while not super juicy) was a welcome break from all the romances I've overdosed on lately.

And I also have to admit I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. I actually started the book at a
Twerking To Beethoven

I guess my expectations were a bit too high, considering it's Joe Perry's memoir. At times it reminded me of Keith Moon: Instant Party: Musings, Memories and Minutiae, which might possibly be the worst biography ever written. The bits about the music, the producers, the recording process, the studios, etc. were *slightly* interesting. But, apart from that, it was just plain painful.

Whiny, bitter (especially towards the end) and, overall, boring. Don't waste your time and your money.
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, ebooks
"Joe defines cool. Joe is the rock star of the band." ~ Tom Hamilton
Readers will not need to be an Aerosmith fans to enjoy this exceptionally well written memoir: "Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith" authored by lead guitarist Joe Perry (JP).

By the time JP connected with Steven Tyler (ST) he was a musician with a life long obsession and love for guitars, he and Tyler had connections to the resort of Sunapee, N.H. The first professional manager of Aerosmith, creative/brilliant Frank Connelly
Read InAGarden
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
In Rocks, the world finally gets to peer inside the world of Aerosmith via the eyes of lead guitarist Joe Perry. It's a warts and all look without the interruptions of front-man Steven Tyler. Perry walks readers through his early scholastic struggles and his yearning to lead a musical life. Then Rocks shifts focus to the infancy of Perry's musical career - as he played wherever, whenever and with whoever he could. When Perry moves to Boston the Aerosmith line-up isn't complete but it is close an ...more
J.K. Grice
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bio-memoir
As far as rock and roll bio's go, I really liked Joe Perry's story. It was interesting to compare his version of Aerosmith with Steven Tyler's (DOES THE NOISE IN MY HEAD BOTHER YOU?). I enjoyed learning about Joe's childhood, musical influences, and rise to stardom. This book included interesting anecdotes and personal reflections from one of Rock's great guitar icons. ...more
I received this hardback copy from the publishers Simon & Schuster as a give away here on Goodreads for my honest review.

I enjoyed this book very much. Perry talks in detail about how he grew up, desperately wanting a guitar ever christmas to how the boys of Aerosmith got together, fell apart then got back together and everything inbetween. His second marriage is still going strong almost 30 years. Quite an accomplishment in the rock-n-roll life.

This book is packed with pictures from his childh
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What's not to love? Joe Perry,told by Joe with a forward by Johnny Depp ...more
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Steven's antics, my arrogance, all the stuff that went on with the other guys - it all pales against the knowledge that long ago this band became something bigger than all of us." - Joe Perry

And so it is that one of the greatest rock guitarists of his generation understands his place in this world, among the hearts of his fans, and in the grand scheme of rock and roll's progression through America's culture and that of the world. But, Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith is a refreshingly fra
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir-bio-rock
4.5 stars - I adore a good rock memoir and this did not disappoint. I've always liked Aerosmith, and while I've followed Steven Tyler's career, haven't paid much attention to the rest of the band except for noting that lead guitarist Joe Perry always seemed to be the brooding side man, often with a sneer gracing his face. However, after reading this searing and frank memoir, I found him to be a likable fellow, and while he partied with the best of them and admits he could be quite arrogant, he c ...more
Sebastian Bach
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the greatest rock and roll books ever written. Paints the picture of one of the most interesting lives in Rock thank you Joe Perry
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing!! As a life-long Aerosmith fan, I was shocked by how many things I learned by reading this. This is a must read for all Aerosmith fans and non-Aerosmith fans alike since it is a wonderful, crazy, overwhelming, emotional and rocking story. It is written so well and it is the best book that has ever been published about Aerosmith. I have a new appreciation for Joe F***ing Perry and I am so grateful that he told his story! I loved Steven Tyler's book, too, but I feel this book ...more
Richard Cosgrove
When it comes to classic rock bands, there are the usual suspects that jump to everybody's lips - Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Rolling Stones, KISS - but there's one that in the general public's consciousness often seems to get overlooked and not given the acknowledgement, respect and credit for their achievements. That band is Aerosmith.

Though singer Steven Tyler is the one usually grabbing headlines, whether falling off stages or appearing on American Idol, the real hero of Aerosmith, and
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book more than I had expected. I have read several books by rock stars and they’re all basically the same: sex, drugs, and rock & roll. But this book was different. It was very well-written, that was one of the first things I noticed and I was surprised by it. Like many others, Joe Perry and the rest of Aerosmith battle with addiction. I was impressed by the way he talked so openly and in detail about it and didn’t appear to hold back. He was very clear about how passionate he was a ...more
Leslie Prétot
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A huge thank you to Joe Perry for this incredible book. Born the same year as Joe, I have been a fan since the beginning. But as fans, there is so much that we didn't know or understand about the phenomenon that is Aerosmith, or the personalities involved.
Joe tells the story with an honesty that is often brutal, but at the same time he tells it with love, compassion, respect, and fairness.
After reading "Rocks," I have a much clearer understanding of not only the band, but of who Joe Perry is a
I happened to be a huge fan o f Aerosmith in the day and have seen them live probably half a dozen or so times. This is Joe Perry's account of his life, both in the band and with his family, his struggles with sobriety and other issues and his life in general.

It is one of the better musician written books out there. I found it easy to read, poignant and quite human. If you are an Aeromith fan you do not want to miss this one.
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joe Perry seems to be a genuine down to earth good guy. The love he has for his music, his wife and kids really comes through - all through the book.
Judy Ferrell
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For many years people have wanted the true story of Joe Perry and Aerosmith. You will get it in this no-holds barred book. From the beginning, Joe has laid his soul bare. You get the truth behind the rumors. This book is well written and an easy read. I'm very glad I bought it. As a long term fan of both Joe Perry and Aerosmith, I found this book to be very informative. ...more
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best thing about rock memoirs are the moments when you get to look back in time to see how everybody met, and how unlikely it was that they would ever become legends. The first chunk of Joe's memoir is devoted to such stories, and it's a joy to read. When Joe Perry first meets "Steven Tallarico" you realize immediately how the encounter will become a metaphor for the entire history of Aerosmith. The story of the band's formation and ascent is a ton of fun.

What I remember about Aerosmith in t
Brad McKenna
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: auto-biography
Mr. Perry is as messed up as you'd expect from a grizzled old rocker. However, he comes across as a saint compared to his toxic twin. I read this as a follow up to Steven Tyler's autobiography and like it so much better. Mr. Perry is the brooding quiet rockstar to Tyler's bombastic star. One thing I was surprised to learn is that Perry has been married to his wife for 30 years. That's a feat when you're in a band a big as Aerosmith.

Some of the drama that Joe comes off as innocent is, of course,
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
Before I even had finished the first chapter I was prepared to High-Five this book. The art of writing is a class above itself when it comes to rock-autobiographies. The language and the way he portrays the emotional journey is an art in itself. Perhaps poetical (I just wrote the last sentence to sound smart).

The way Joe Perry describes his childhood is just amazing, the pursuit of identity to the first encounters with music and acceptance from his father. Throughout the book there is a great ex
patrick Lorelli
I really liked the first part of this book his younger years and how he got into playing the guitar. I thought he was very honest about his problems in school which was a learning disorder and how he overcame that. Also impressed with his homemade driving gear and his sense of adventure in exploring the depths of the lake during his childhood. The rest of the book was okay not great but good. How he started different bands and then how he meet Tyler and started writing and then the crazy Aerosmi ...more
The lead guitarist of Aerosmith gives his take on his life with and without the band. Perhaps a bit long but overall pretty good. My favorite part was the look at his younger years, his family life and how he came to love music.
Sarah Karen
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read several books by rock stars all sex, drugs, and rock & roll. But this book was different. It was very well-written, that was one of the first things I noticed and I was surprised by it. You also notice the love this guy has for his family. definetley worth a read if you're an Aerosmith ...more
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting insight into the man and the band. Coherent and engaging. Kudos to the ghostwriter
I thought that this was a great Rock Bio. I'm not even that big of an Aerosmith fan. ...more
Feb 28, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Like many who have come to this book via a long-standing appreciation of Aerosmith, I was curious to see what Perry had to say. So much of the Aerosmith story is old news, and having been a gigantic teenage fan during the glory years of the 70s, I used to devour every piece of information I could uncover on them. Had this been written then, my review would’ve been a rabid five star endorsement, probably before I cracked the cover.

Unfortunately, time often erodes our teenage beliefs. Sadder still
Wise Cat
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Aerosmith/Joe Perry fans
Recommended to Wise Cat by: LA Times Book review
This ROCKS! Or, Joe Rocks!! I love both the book and the title: In and out of Aerosmith. That refers to both how he once left the band, and also to his personal life, hence "out" of Aerosmith. He writes about his hobbies, likes/dislikes, and his FEELINGS, unusual for a man! He has a sense of humor as well. And "Rocks" is the name of one of their earlier albums, which I also love. Joe f***ing Perry" as Steve says. And as one of Joe's idols, Chuck Berry says, "Go, Johnny go" but I change that to " ...more
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As co-founding member, principal songwriter, electrifying lead guitarist and co-producer of Aerosmith–America’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band–JOE PERRY has achieved permanent iconic stature in the pantheon of rock. He has helped to drive his band, over the course of three decades, to sales of more than 150 million albums, critical acclaim, four Grammy Awards (one of which includes the guitar-based ins ...more

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