Now that the weekend is just around the corner, it is an ideal time to sit outside, take in a little sun, and catch up on your reading. While some Marco Island real estate owners enjoy romantic tales of rich families and detectives, others prefer nonfiction biographies. For instance, Ellen Carter is a single mother of two who recently read and loved Scar Tissue: The story of Anthony Keidis, frontman of the decades’ old rock group, Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Ellen enjoyed spending a weekend on the couch in her home for sale in Marco Island, curling up with her Shih Tzu, Missy, and taking a personal look into the celebrity’s life of sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll. After all, Scar Tissue uses vivid imagery to paint a picture of Keidis in readers’ minds. Printed back in 2004, the book begins with the singer receiving an injection into his veins. But it turns out that the syringe is filled with ozone, a wonderful smelling gas used to treat several sicknesses. Anthony’s writing, in collaboration with a ghostwriter named Larry Sloman, does not glorify the celebrity’s life. Rather they transform drug addiction, followed by a life of sobriety since 2000, into a compelling narrative with a few memorable photos.
In this memoir about a creative, sometimes sleazy life, the now fifty-something-year-old spends a great deal of time recounting his wild teenage years. He never brags about his experiences, but simply relives his personal emotions about the dark encounters. Keidis is honest about his childhood, getting into a bit of trouble as a kid with his dad’s girlfriend when he first moved to West Hollywood. The pop star describes colorful events ranging from being bad under highway ramps to participating in the same illegal activities while in $1,000 a day hotel suite. The “self-obsessed maniac” explains how walking away from a drug addiction feels.
Rather than focusing on his music-writing process and the band’s decades of success, Keidis remembers some of his darkest moments in the Chili Peppers. Readers are educated on his “down-and-dirty nasty-dog element to his sound,” along with his first meetings with the band members,’ Michael “Flea” Balzary and Hillel Slovak. She found out about ex-girlfriends, including Sinéad O’Connor and Sofia Coppola. There is a colorful meeting with River Phoenix, a chat with Neil Young, and recounts of his successful writing processes. There are revealing tales about Nirvana’s late Kurt Cobain, Cher, and even the Spice Girls. But neither Anthony nor his bandmates are spared from embarrassing moments exposed.
Ellen feels that Scar Tissue’s writing is sharp. The stories she read allow her to appreciate the Chili Pepper’s amazing rise to fame, having overcome poor record management, excessive personnel changes, erotic sexual events, and a galaxy of hard-core drug abuse. Sure, it was all part of the rock and roll industry in the Eighties. But the Chili Peppers are strong enough and possess enough talent to still exist on thousands of iPad playlists today in Marco Island luxury homes.
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