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Scar Tissue

By: Anthony Kiedis,Larry Sloman
Narrated by: Rider Strong
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Publisher's Summary

As lead singer and songwriter for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis has lived life on the razor's edge. Much has been written about him, but until now we've only had his songs as clues to his experience from the inside. In Scar Tissue, Kiedis proves himself to be as compelling a memoirist as he is a lyricist, giving us a searingly honest account of the life from which his music has evolved.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are that rare breed of rock band: critically lauded and popularly embraced by millions of fans, their albums consistently sell into the stratosphere - their CD Californication sold over 13 million copies alone.

Now, in Scar Tissue, Anthony Kiedis defies the rock star clichés. In his telling, we can see everything he has done has been part of a passionate journey. Kiedis is a man "in love with everything" - the darkness, the death, the disease. Even his descent into drug addiction was a part of that journey; another element that he has transformed into art. Scar Tissue is a fascinating account of a fast-lane life, addiction, and a moving story of eventual recovery and redemption.

©2004 Anthony Kiedis (P)2010 Phoenix Audio

Critic Reviews

"Kiedis’s narrative of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ dues-paying years is vivid and inspiring." ( Newsweek)

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Rock biographies are my favorite genre so, eventually, I had to read Scar Tissue. Full disclosure: I've been putting it off for 2 years because I haven't really liked the RHCP since Blood Sugar Sex Magik. (Though I adore Flea.) So, I finally downloaded Scar Tissue. First, let me say, I think the narrator is - while not terrible - certainly not worthy and didn't make me feel like I was listening to the words of Anthony Kiedis. It was like listening to a 17 year old high school junior reading Anthony Kiedis. (Go ahead, listen to the sample.) Because of this, I could never really get completely immersed in the book. His young, squeaky, and innocent voice didn't vibe with the often dark and always debaucherous tales. But if you can past that, which I couldn't quite do all the time, then the story being shared is essentially this: Anthony's dad was the kind of parent who made his kid be his hang out and drug buddy so AK developed unhealthy drug and girl habits very early in life and has pretty much been to be unable to control these urges for most of his life. "OK", you might say. "That's the story of rock-n-roll!" Yeah, true. But usually reading a rock bio makes me like the band and the person even more because I form a connection and deeper appreciation of the artist and the music. Well, perhaps I do feel a bit of that but I was disappointed nonetheless. Kiedis came off as decent guy who's very easily distracted, a little outrageous, and a lot immature. Oh, wait. Maybe that narrator did a good job after all!

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Rider Strong SUCKS

Rider Strong is, by no means, qualified to talk about Anthony Kiedis’ gnarly, fast-paced life. Over the course of the audio book, I wasn’t sure if I was listening to a little league baseball game or the biography of one of the most influential rockers of our generation. Otherwise, great story.

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The Sexcapades of Anthony Kedis

What did you love best about Scar Tissue?

I enjoyed hearing the musical biography of Anthony Kedis and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I wanted to hear more stories about the music, the band, the road to stardom, behind-the-scenes stories, etc. I would have cut out a lot of the sex stories, which seemed grandiose anyway. This seemed more like a sexual memoir more than anything. I caught myself rolling my eyes a lot. There were a couple other stories in there where I thought, "Really?! C'mon!" There are some egotistical parts that seem seriously embellished and unbelievable. I don't want to say which ones because I don't want to ruin the book for anyone.

Any additional comments?

From the book it sounds like success just fell into Anthony Kedis' lap. He just happened to know these guys who had a band, and because he danced and thrashed around (because he didn't have any musical talent) he became the lead singer. Also, sobriety seemed very casual to him, like that was easy and just fell into his lap too, despite repeated relapses. Although I listened through the whole book, I have less respect for Anthony Kedis now than I did before listening. I don't think that should happen, but it did.

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Up Close and Personal with Anthony Kiedis

Not only is this book completely entertaining through out the entire pligrimage of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kiedis makes you feel as if you were actually right there living the whole experience with him. I have always enjoyed RHCP but now through hearing about his memories and relationships with the band members, I can honestly say that I have a new found appreciation for the band. One thing I also really enjoyed thanks to youtube- is that as you are listening, you can watch parts of concerts or interviews Kiedis refers to in the novel which provides an excellent reality to his work and its really amusing to know what his thoughts are as he's singing or strung out.. Also, the way Anthony describes his struggle with addiction is riviting.. you truly learn what an addict dreams and feels everyday. I would highly reccomend this book to anyone who wants to listen to entertaining book that opens your mind to a story about a struggling drug addict facing the realities of success, fame and funky music :)

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Great book. Horrible narration.

The story is real good but the reader SUCKS!!! I hope to God I never hear him reading another book. I can’t tell you how many times I almost threw in the towel because the sound of his voice literally angered me. This is not a career this guy should continue in one more day.

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Disturbing story of a junkie rockstar pedophile.

I always heard negative rumors about this dude. I thought since he is a recovering addict that I might relate to the guy, but definitely not. This book has no redeeming qualities with the exception of the narrarator. I now dislike him even more so than before. He was dating teenagers when he was in his twenties and he continues to date teenagers in his fifties. What a scumbag.

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Candid insight into hard-core life of rock icon

If you could sum up Scar Tissue in three words, what would they be?

Facinating, pathetic, mind-numbing

What was one of the most memorable moments of Scar Tissue?

Very insightful explanation and person experiences relating to lyrics of "Scar Tissue"

What about Rider Strong’s performance did you like?

Overall very good narration and shifting of voices made it seem like you were listening to actual characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Times when Anthony Keidis realized the joy of his own sobriety

Any additional comments?

Was a great fan of the RHCP before book and now, with explanations of odd song lyrics and history I've become even more enamored by them.

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hate the narrarator. return money. cant listen

hate the narrarator. return money. cant listen. not a good voice. did not get past ibtro

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Coke, Heroin, Sex...Meh...

Pretty disappointed with this book. I understand he was trying to tell the story of his addiction, but how about a little insight into the music or life in the band? That is why people care about your story in the first place. All just about relapses sprinkled with frat boyish brags about the quality and quantity of girls he draws. Meh...
Oh and I didn't like the narration at all.

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Phenomenal Story, Horrifically Mismatched Narrator

Kiedis' autobiography is filled with visceral anecdotes that are read by someone who couldn't sound more unlike the RHCP singer. Listening to a chapter in my car was so irritating that I began to become physically ill.

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  • Bono S.
  • 07-25-16

Touching, inspiring, informative.

I've read Scar Tissue on two separate occasions in the past and it was always "my favourite book", "the best book I've ever read" when I told friends about it.

However, even with such high praise for the book, my first listen (of many, I'm sure) to Scar Tissue on Audible was a very fulfilling experience.. the honesty, emotion and passion thrown into each and every sentence by Anthony Keidis is one thing but Rider Strong's narration is exceptional.. from his impersonations of Flea to a kiwi fling of Anthony's, or even the up and down emotions of Anthony Keidis himself.. Rider Strong's performance is top notch!!

The stories told in this book are unbelievable, but told with a brutal honesty that makes them believable, and they're told in a way that makes you feel like you were there.. there before the Chili Peppers, there with the band through all their ups and downs and their at the end in disbelief that the book's over, and now all you have left to do is listen to the Red Hot Chili Peppers' discography that you have reacquainted yourself with along the way.

By the way, this isn't a bad thing..

For any Red Hot Chili Peppers fans out there this is a must!! for anybody else out there, welcome to the World of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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  • Matt
  • 01-11-12

A bit disappointing

I actually found this a little bit tedious and I felt like turning it off after the millionth time he went on a drugs binge, sorry: "Run". Interesting I suppose - but I really wanted to hear more about the music.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-18-19

Full

Sex, drugs, sex, met the greatest girl ever, sex, drugs, album, gig, sex, drugs repeat as required ..... dull, boring , uninspiring on the whole.

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  • laura montgomery
  • 05-17-20

Not for me... Couldn't finish it

I loved the Chilli Peppers growing up and still enjoy their music to this day so thought I would find this book really interesting. I'm not even half way through but I had to stop... The way he talks about women is gross. Couldn't keep going with it. Such a shame.

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  • SL
  • 11-27-20

did a lot of drugs

I think 75% of this book is just him doing drugs, no idea how he can so many drugs and then remember all the times that he did drugs. Its an ok book but bit of a waste of time because it's just 'i did drugs' 'ok, no more drugs' 'actually I'll do a little bit of drugs' 'oh no did lots of drugs' 'ok, no drugs' and it repeats.

also the audio quality isn't good and the voice isn't right for the story and the accents the guy puts on are pretty bad and unneeded

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  • RW
  • 06-10-20

Brilliant but it gets repetitive

Brilliant but it gets repetitive.

Surely there's more to talk about that drugs and sex. I understand his difficulties. Still great to know, especially if you're a big chilli's fan like myself.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-30-20

Read the first chapter and you've read the book.

I've been a fan of RHCP since mothers milk era and always admired the energy of their music. After reading Flea's brilliant book, Acid for the children, I decided to try Scar Tissue.

It's basically a repeat story all the way through. Anthony gets high, Anthony falls in love, Anthony gets Sober, repeat repeat repeat.

Still worth a read but changed my perception of Kiedis.

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  • anwar
  • 05-24-20

a roller coaster, if a bit narcissistic

Big RHCP fan but never warmed to AK much. Finally got round to listening to the book. really enjoyed it but felt it was a bit too repetitive on some areas. i get drugs are a big part of his life but felt a bit narcissistic in places. also found the narration a bit nauseating. like a kids tv series when doing women's voices or other characters. dont let that distract you though, from this total roller coaster of an autobiography. here's to a healthy AK and more music from RHCP

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  • Siobhan
  • 09-04-19

Struggled to keep my attention.

I really liked this to start with, however the same themes kept repeating themselves and I got bored. I also found the tone of the narrator irritating at times.
I really persevered, its unusual I do not finish an audio title.

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  • Miss
  • 07-15-18

Disappointing

Struggled to finish it. I did enjoy parts but unfortunately not all of it. The narrator is good.

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  • Dan Baker
  • 03-17-18

narration is terrible.

narration quality is awful, sound quality and volume changes between chapters. you can hear the narrator turning the pages as he reads it, makes it hard to immerse yourself in the story. also his interpretation of new Zealand accents and place names is terrible.

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  • lynsey mcauliffe
  • 05-27-19

Sorely disappointing

As a huge chilli's fan for more years than I care to count I can honestly say that this book was a serious disappointment. Essentially, the tale consists of a self obsessed narcist in an addict loop. He meets girls, breaks up, get high, gets clean, and the loop begins again - interesting for the first few times, but this basically the content for the entire book.
It was a real struggle to finish it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-29-22

great listen

some great stories behind huge songs which i love, also great on him for still being alive!

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  • jayath
  • 12-29-21

No better bio, hands down

Best bio on audible, hands down. Covers so many aspects of his life in incredible detail and reflection

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  • B W Woollen
  • 11-17-21

Time spent I won’t get back

Pretty close to the worst bio I’ve listened to. Kiedis comes across as an absolute jerk, oblivious to the fact he’s a really, really bad guy. He turns everything bad he does into an okay situation by describing his sex acts with various girls. He’s oblivious to the fact that some of these encounters are basically drug rapes, and at least two of these are with children. It’s okay though because, ya know, he’s a sexual being, and he fronts a band! Give me a break. I love the chilli peppers (music), but this memoir is a disgrace. Leave this one alone and go get Flea’s Acid for the Children, that’s a memoir that deserves its place in the library.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-02-21

A book about drugs and rock and roll

A great book, but he does describe the depths he went through on drug benders and his sober periods

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-16-21

So honest & raw

Loved every minute of it 🙌🏻 never a dull moment & not scared to laugh or critic himself 👊🏻

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  • Benny Higgo
  • 04-30-21

Delve into the ego

So clearly AK has had a wild ride and hit some major ups and downs. The book is an amazing insight in to the RHCP journey.
What I didn’t like was the general egotistical undertone. The entire book feels a bit like, “I did the most drugs, I fucked the most chicks, nobody can do as much heroin as me, I’m the best lay in the history of sex”

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  • Trudez
  • 03-05-21

what a ride

fantastic, what a life he has ridden so far, and still here to tell his story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-27-20

Pretty crazy

Unbelievable how such a successful person can be plagued by so many issues. Pretty interesting perspective of a different situation