Scar Tissue: Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Scar Tissue: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Scar Tissue: Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Halfway through I realized I really didn't care much, and started skimming and skipping over chunks that truly did not matter. I mean, he apparently suffers a severe case of LSS (that would be Lead Singer Syndrome for those of you unfamiliar with the term). Crisscrossing the country, the Chili Peppers were musical innovators and influenced a whole generation of musicians. 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 otherwise, who cares?

Or maybe it was because Anthony Keidis just comes across as a dick and I don't care what he went through. Universal Pictures has optioned the singer’s 2004 memoir, Scar Tissue, to develop it into a biopic, according to Deadline. The series is expected to follow the first half of Kiedis's book during his pre teen and teenage years and his relationship with his father Blackie Dammett. 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. Anthony lived in Hollywood through some exciting times and has some strange encounters with celebrities that are likely to delight even reluctant starfuckers.As the group hit their peak with songs like “Californication”, “Under the Bridge” and the book's namesake, “Scar Tissue”, Kiedis was in a constant tussle with his demons, which can verge on unsettling to read. Raised in Michigan, Kiedis went on to study at UCLA, but dropped out after losing interest, partially due to his abuse of hard drugs. Over 20 years later, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, against all the odds, have become one of the most successful bands in the world.

The only problem I found while reading this book was the fact that Kiedis is such a lucky pretentious fuck. This isn't because of the writing because you do realize that this of course is how his life was at that point. Dammett confirmed in 2013 that the production of the series has been "mothballed" however he hoped they could re-visit the project in once the Chili Peppers finished their I'm with You World Tour that same year. Although I was a fan of RHCP during this time (early 1990s), I, like others, was more drawn to the perceived grit and power of Nirvana in a manner similar to my admiration of the Wu-Tang over the Paul's Boutique-era Beastie Boys. It would have been more straightforward for him to have diluted his stories and provided a more palatable collection of memoirs for the general public, but that’s not Kiedis.

If you have a beer in your hand, you have to toss it at someone rather than allow them to hold it for you. And that little talk stood me in good sted because I think I found the book even more fascinating after having accepted that Kiedis is not a very good person and seems startlingly oblivious to the fact.

Scar Tissue includes anecdotes about relationships that reflect extremely poorly on Kiedis and paint him in a dour light. All in all, it is an interesting story about a great band and its leader, but Anthony Kiedis didn't suit me as the best choice to present it. You get tired of Anthony relapsing yet again—how could he think it’s possibly a good idea to look for black tar heroin to take off the edge for a weekend? While showing himself as a selfish, unkind and destructive person in the past, Anthony Kiedis still managed to turn into a kind, generous and lovable character (I don't say "man", 'cause there's a possibility that this book can be just too good to be true ). The tome is far less tragic than comparable rock bios like “No One Here Gets Out Alive” Sugarman’s defining story of Jim Morrison and “Hammer of the Gods,” which forever established Led Zeppelin as bulging deities in the rock pantheon.The impression I got was that she was in denial of sorts, so she didn’t have that much to say about your lifestyle? I was motivated to read the book less by Kiedis and more so by the potential presence of John Frusciante, the Chilis brilliant, mercurial guitarist. I also got a kick out the time he was in his car infront of a seedy Motel trying to score heroin when he sees a family "down on their luck" pull into the Motel, they had a Red hot chili pepper bumper sticker and the young kids were all wearing RHCP t-shirts (this made Tony Baloney feel sad) WHATEVER, liar, liar pants on fire. Rogers with them, ensconced in a cookie-cutter neighborhood and playing at Gymboree and in parks while you were scoring with dealers and women and living in your lonely mansions.

Anthony seems to have become totally at peace, self aware and completely grown up while retaining a wonderful child-like innocence which is pretty amazing considering how wild his life has been. Raised in the Midwest, he moved to LA aged eleven to live with his father Blackie, purveyor of pills, pot, and cocaine to the Hollywood elite. It was announced on January 17, 2024, that Universal Pictures will release a theatrical movie based on Scar Tissue. The show was originally scheduled to premiere in late 2010 but was not picked up as a series, despite a pilot script penned by John Sayles. What a big fat LIAR, gee, maybe if you posted that picture I would have bought this load of horse crap.The book cuts off in 2004, so whether the film will carry into the present day, where the Chili Peppers continue to release albums and embark on global tours, is up in the air. In 2020, Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone Australia listed Scar Tissue as the 15th greatest rock memoir. He reflected that it had the best final sentence on the list, as Kiedis reflects that he stays sober for his dog.



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