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4.11  ·  Rating details ·  80,158 ratings  ·  3,376 reviews
Now in paperback, the New York Times bestseller by one of rock's most provocative figures Scar Tissue is Anthony Kiedis's 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 la
Paperback, 465 pages
Published September 26th 2022 by Hachette Books (first published 2004)
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Audrey McCarthy heck yes. he's lucky he didn't die, he's lucky he was immersed in so much talent as a kid, and he was lucky as heck that his bff's in high school happ…moreheck yes. he's lucky he didn't die, he's lucky he was immersed in so much talent as a kid, and he was lucky as heck that his bff's in high school happened to be musical geniuses. luck, luck, and more luck.
Chris I found Acid for the Children more enjoyable although I don't regret reading Scar Tissue, which I just finished. Towards the end of ST I grew a little…moreI found Acid for the Children more enjoyable although I don't regret reading Scar Tissue, which I just finished. Towards the end of ST I grew a little tired of again another relapse, again another new girlfriend and another breakup. Flea's book is definitely more about passion for art and music. Then again the drug part is intense and desperate towards the end, that definitely comes across to the reader. Kiedis takes drug taking to another, darker level. Gloomy but fascinating.(less)

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Aug 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 13, 2007 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? ...more
Jan 14, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Lauren (Sugar & Snark)
Jul 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: famous-people, usa

Great book about a great man/band
Apr 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jonathan Ashleigh
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
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
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Edwin Stratton-Mackay
Jun 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
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
Apr 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 17, 2010 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 HE gonna ...more
Aug 05, 2007 rated it liked it
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
Jul 09, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: music
Drums begin at the same time as guitar. Steady rise, linear picking up of pace. The movement is coming to a massive peak, the crest of a wave about to crash over you. Bass is flirting with the rhythm in the background. Boom. It hits ya. Riff. One of the hookiest, catchiest, ear wormiest riffs of all time. Here he comes. Can’t stop addicted to the shindig, chop top, he says I’m gonna win big. Can’t Stop.

Right away with the voice. The band all begin together on this one. There is nothing but sheer
The audiobook quality was pure crap. I was also upset that Kiedis didn't narrate his own autobiography. And I was not a fan of the narrator they used. It seemed every other sexual encounter Kiedis had was "the most amazing, the most profound, etc" he ever had. That shit got old fast. The way this was written was very matter of fact. This is what happened, then this, then this. There was no real feeling of remorse or regret for all the drug use and fucked up behavior and infidelity.

BUT with all
Oct 05, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 09, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it

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
Nov 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
Are you kidding me?? I would re-title this book PHONEY BALONEY TONY. Anthony is full of sh*t from beginning to end. Do I believe he lost his virginity at age TWELVE? Nope. We would have been spared reading all those depressing bull-crap chapters if he simple said "I relapsed back into heroin 100 times all the while treating my friends, family and women like dirt". I laughed out loud when I read the part about Tony going to meet the Dali Lama, he was told that the Dali was booked for 3 years so i ...more
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
DNF @ 8%.

The writing in this is terrible.
Leo Jacobowitz
Nov 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
“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
Dec 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Lindsay Loson
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-reads
This was my second time reading this book, and let me say - I was not impressed at all. The writing is just plain bad, and if I had to read about one more sexual exploit that Kiedis had, I was going to throw this book across the room. Halfway through I realized I really didn't care much, and started skimming and skipping over chunks that truly did not matter. Yes, the pictures are cool and so is reading about the early workings of the Chili Peppers since I do love a lot of their music, but ot
Feb 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: i-quit-you
I can't read another page of this. He cannot get thru a single paragraph without telling you how awesome he is at everything, stealing from somewhere or being a complete dickhead to people, doing some kind of drugs because it makes him all spiritually enlightened, fucking a bunch of random girls and cheating on his "soulmate" who he loves more than anything. I could rant for awhile about this book but I won't waste my time. I'll sum it up with "Anthony Kiedis is a massive douchebag, screw him an ...more
Tan Markovic
Jan 28, 2022 rated it liked it
Self centred, narcissistic douchebag.

I've read a lot of rockstars/musicians autobiographies and they all have some redeeming qualities. This guy doesn't.
Sep 17, 2022 rated it really liked it
A long and self indulgent memoir but one that is surprisingly insightful especially about L.A., Drugs, Sex, Music, Rehab and then more Sex and then more L.A. There is no doubt there would have been no Under the Bridge or Californification without those life experiences. There is a lot of name-dropping in this book and when Kiedis penned this memoir at age forty it didn't seem to me like he had grown up yet.

Odd facts. Cher once babysat Anthony Kiedis. His dad was a drug dealing musician. Courtne
May 24, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
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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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