Scar Tissue, the 2004 memoir/autobiography from Red Hot Chili Peppers vocalist Anthony Kiedis, stands up as a captivating portrait of one of the foremost rock singers of the past 30 years, if not longer — and this fall, his band mate Flea (born Michael Balzary) will release his own memoir — only, it’s not really a “memoir” of his rock star heyday so much as a narrative retelling of his own childhood experiences.
Titled Acid for the Children, the bassist’s own book will be published by Hachette Book Group on November 5, and looks to be a provocative account of his life and times, if not specifically about his time with the Chili Peppers.
“I didn’t want to write a rock star book. It was about setting a challenge for myself to write something that wasn’t about the Chili Peppers and that would have to stand on its own as a piece of literature. It seemed more interesting to me, and something I could be objective about. Because my childhood is over, but the band is still going. I’ve been asked to write a memoir many times but have never wanted to do it, because I didn’t like the idea of writing a celebrity book, and I didn’t like the idea of having a ghost writer, and I didn’t want to write a book unless I was really going to sit down and write one, and give myself to it.”
More, from the book’s official description:
The author, born Michael Peter Balzary in 1962 in Melbourne, Australia, moved to Los Angeles in 1972 with his mother and her erratic boyfriend. He describes his mother as unaffectionate (“there is not one instance in my life where I can ever remember her holding or cuddling me”) and inattentive, which gave him opportunity to run the streets unsupervised. When he wasn’t causing trouble (“I became a regular shoplifter,” he admits), he was listening to music (Charlie Parker, the Beatles) and reading books (Kurt Vonnegut “parented me,” he writes). In high school, he met Anthony Kiedis, the future Chili Peppers lead singer, who instantly became his “brother” and with whom he’d start making music in 1983. Flea talks about “going primal” on the bass, which he taught himself to play; liking girls; and doing drugs (including crystal meth and cocaine), but this is not a typical sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll story.