My Life in and Out of Aerosmith

Book - 2014
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"An insightful and harrowing roller coaster ride through the career of one of rock and roll's greatest guitarists. Strap yourself in." -Slash

"Rocking Joe Perry 'rocks' again!" -Jimmy Page

Before the platinum records or the Super Bowl half-time show or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Joe Perry was a boy growing up in small-town Massachusetts. He idolized Jacques Cousteau and built his own diving rig that he used to explore a local lake. He dreamed of becoming a marine biologist. But Perry's neighbors had teenage sons, and those sons had electric guitars, and the noise he heard when they started playing would change his life.

The guitar became his passion, an object of lust, an outlet for his restlessness and his rebellious soul. That passion quickly blossomed into an obsession, and he got a band together. One night after a performance he met a brash young musician named Steven Tyler; before long, Aerosmith was born. What happened over the next forty-five years has become the stuff of legend: the knockdown, drag-out, band-splintering fights; the drugs, the booze, the rehab; the packed arenas and timeless hits; the reconciliations and the comebacks.

Rocks is an unusually searching memoir of a life that spans from the top of the world to the bottom of the barrel-several times. It is a study of endurance and brotherhood, with Perry providing remarkable candor about Tyler, as well as new insights into their powerful but troubled relationship. It is an insider's portrait of the rock and roll family, featuring everyone from Jimmy Page to Alice Cooper, Bette Midler to Chuck Berry, John Belushi to Al Hirschfeld. It takes us behind the scenes at unbelievable moments such as Joe and Steven's appearance in the movie of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (they act out the murders of Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees).

Full of humor, insight, and brutal honesty about life in and out of one of the biggest bands in the world, Rocks is the ultimate rock-and-roll epic. In Perry's own words, it tells the whole story: "the loner's story, the band's story, the recovery story, the cult story, the love story, the success story, the failure story, the rebirth story, the re-destruction story, and the post-destructive rebirth story."
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2014
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476714547
Branch Call Number: ANF 782.42166 PER
Characteristics: xiv, 416 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Ritz, David - Author


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Jul 20, 2018

The lead guitarist for Aerosmith has experienced just about everything possible in the drug and booze-filled rock and roll lifestyle of the 70's and 80's. And amazingly enough, remembers most of it. Actually it's just as amazing Perry and Steven Tyler are still alive, considering the volume of drugs these guys took before they finally cleaned up. Interesting to read about his love/hate relationship with Tyler, and also how badly the band was treated and ripped off by various managers and record companies. Of course, they were so messed up they didn't notice until it was too late.

Jan 15, 2015

Of all the rock bios out right now, and there are a lot to pick from, Rocks: My Life In And Out of Aerosmith is the best-written and most absorbing. David Ritz, Perry's co-author, has an impressive list of credits and started out by co-writing Sexual Healing with Marvin Gaye. This book is not a catalog of the exploits of the Toxic Twins, or a re-living of glory days. Perry has always been a musicians' musician, the real deal, and the book is about how a boy in love with music became a man in love with music, and the pitfalls and successes that were part of that evolution. Apart from a sense that Perry and Steven Tyler will never settle their differences, and that Perry blames Tyler for this, there is not much said about Tyler, or about what was one of rock's most dynamic song writing teams for many years. Perry's account of the Aerosmith years seems somewhat disingenuous. Overall, though, Rocks is a very good read, but more interesting for people who love music and musicians than those who are looking for sordid tales of groupies and hotel room wrecking.

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