Scar Tissue is the autobiography of Red Hot Chili Peppers vocalist Anthony Kiedis. The book follows Kiedis’ early years watching his drug dealer father sell to famous celebrities till the release of the album By the Way.
My sole motive for reading this book was that it was written by the vocalist of one of my favourite band Red Hot Chili Peppers. I wanted to know more about the history and dynamics of the band.
High Points of the book
1. Making of the albums Californication and Blood Sugar Sex Magick
2. Anthony meeting up with Hilel Slovak, Jack Irons and Flea in high school.
3. Recruiting Dave Navarro, Chad Smith and John Frusciante.
4. Stories involving interactions with Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, Pearl Jam and other bands.
5. His involvement in movies (which I didn’t know of before reading the book), particularly his interaction with Sylvester Stallone on the sets of the movie F.I.S.T..
Low Points of the book
1. Constant reference to Anthony’s drug addiction and his numerous relationships (with famous personalities) which always ended in disasters. Reference to which are made so frequently that it makes it very tiring to read the book.
2. There is very little information regarding recording and band dynamics.
3. There is no structure in narration of the story and there is no build up to a story.
4. Constantly trying to justify his actions. Everybody makes mistakes, Anthony should give himself a break.
If you are a fan of Red Hot Chili Peppers and are very patient you can try reading this book. There are some thrills in the books like reading about other artists like Nirvana, Jane’s Addiction but it is too little and too few.
My personal feeling is that his story could have been told in a much better and interesting manner. But I also need to give credit to Anthony for being very honest in telling his story.