Saturday, April 14, 2018

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea to release memoir this fall

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea will issue his memoir, “Acid For The Children”, on September 25 via Grand Central Publishing.

“Iconic bassist and co-founder of the immortal Red Hot Chili Peppers finally tells his fascinating life story,” says the publsihers, “complete with all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you'd expect from an L.A. street rat turned world-famous rock star.”

When Grand Central first announced more than four years ago that it had acquired the rights to the memoir, it said the book would will cover topics including: "His move from a 'normal' upbringing in the suburbs of New York to Los Angeles to live a bohemian life with a jazz musician step-father; his young, rebellious life on the streets of L.A. where he befriends Anthony Kiedis and founds the Red Hot Chili Peppers with Kiedis and two other high school friends; details about his sometimes complex friendship and collaboration with Kiedis; his myriad experiences with hard drugs; and, of course, the tumultuous creative journey of the legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers through its various incarnations over the last 30 years, according to Flea."

"I love literature deeply," said Flea in 2014. "I view books as sacred things, and in writing my story, I'm going to do my best to honor the form that has played such a huge part in shaping who I am."

Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1962, Michael Peter Balzary and his family moved to the US when he was seven; he was first called "Flea" as a child for his inability to sit still, and the nickname has stuck ever since.

Flea played jazz trumpet as a young man before connecting with Keidis and being introduced to rock and learning bass from guitarist Hillel Slovak; a few rock and funk bands later brought the original lineup of the Chili Peppers together in Los Angeles in 1983. A self-titled debut album arrived in 1984 and, while the group made its first sales impact with their fourth record, 1989’s “Mother’s Milk”, it was 1991’s “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” that catapulted the band into the music mainstream.

The Chili Peppers’ latest studio release and eleventh album is 2016’s “The Getaway”; the band performed at a series of three Lollapalooza events in South America last month, where drummer Chad Smith and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer joined Pearl Jam for the Neil Young classic, “Rockin' In The Free World", during the band’s March 21 show in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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