Scar Tissue - Anthony Kiedis & Larry Sloman

Scar Tissue

By Anthony Kiedis & Larry Sloman

  • Release Date: 2004-10-01
  • Genre: Music
Score: 4.5
From 877 Ratings


In this "vivid and inspiring" New York Times bestseller (Newsweek), the Red Hot Chili Peppers' lead singer and songwriter shares a searingly honest account of life in the rock scene's fast lane—from the darkness into the light.

In 1983, four self-described "knuckleheads" burst out of the mosh-pitted mosaic of the neo-punk rock scene in L.A. with their own unique brand of cosmic hardcore mayhem funk. Over twenty years later, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, against all odds, have become one of the most successful bands in the world. Though the band has gone through many incarnations, Anthony Kiedis, the group's lyricist and dynamic lead singer, has been there for the whole roller-coaster ride. In Scar Tissue, Kiedis delivers a compelling life story from 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 transformed into art.

Whether he's honoring the influence of the beautiful, strong women who have been his muses or remembering the roaring crowds of Woodstock and the Dalai Lama's humble compound, Kiedis shares a compelling story about the price of success and excess. Scar Tissue is a story of dedication and debauchery, of intrigue and integrity, of recklessness and redemption—a story that could only have come out of the world of rock.


  • An Incredible Life Loved and Lived

    By Jw3000
    When Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote “Into the Wilderness,” and reference “sucking the marrow out of life,” there is not other life I’ve read about that is more axiomatic than Anthony Kiedis’. A remarkable introspection that shares so much about life, love, addiction and recovery. So much raw truth, you can’t put it down. Enjoy!
  • Best book ever

    By Joeydb92
    I despise reading and I could not put this book down! Such an insane story
  • Phenomenal Book

    By JT Hunnicutt
    What an incredibly inspiring story!
  • Awesome!

    By :)!nick!(:
    This book was a rollercoaster from beginning to end. An amazing read and great book to have in the collection.
  • Stick to writing songs not books

    By The Running Educator
    A disappointed effort to write about one life and all you have shared in your music doesn’t relate to this book.
  • Epic

    By nre1242
    One of my favorite past times is reading and re reading this book. A life of sin and success that is addicting to follow along.
  • Incredible

    By sagrqgwjwrhgsbsrh
    A deep look into the life of a rockstar, addiction, and the music industry. One of the best books I have read in a very long time.
  • Amazingly candid

    By SqueezyG
    Wow! Anthony leaves no details out of this book. He is so candid and honest and he has been through quite a lot in his life. I knew he had suffered some drug problems but I never knew to what extent. This is truly one of the longest books I have ever read by a famous musician and once again it’s because he is so graphic in a wonderful way. He is incredibly self-aware, descriptive and apologetic from any of his actions. This is without a doubt one of the best if not the best autobiography I have ever read. Thank you Anthony for sharing your life with us and please keep making music.
  • Pleasure to read

    By jvstnp
    This book is a pure page turner that any rhcp fan (or music fan) should read at least once in their life. Very insightful regarding the bands triumphs and struggles as well as Anthony‘s. 5 stars.
  • ♥️

    By Mickabee
    Read this book in 3 days. Page turner. So good!