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Publisher's Summary

The strange tale of a boy named Flea starts in Rye, NY. It was all very normal. But soon his parents divorced and his mother Patricia remarried a jazz musician. Flea's stepfather frequently invited musicians to his house for jam sessions which sparked Flea's interest in music. The family moved to Los Angeles, where Flea became fascinated with the trumpet, idolising musicians like Miles, Dizzy, and Louis.

But the family soon fell apart. 'I was raised in a very violent, alcoholic household,' Flea later said. 'I grew up being terrified of my parents, particularly my father figures. It caused [me] a lot of trouble later in life.' He began smoking weed at 13 and became a daily user of harder drugs. He was on the streets by 14 and soon after, met another social outcast and drug user named Anthony Kiedis. They formed a band that would become the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Acid for the Children is pure, uncut Flea, with nothing left unsaid.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2017 Michael Balzary (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Beautifully Written

A beautiful soul now captured in script forever.
Thank you for sharing YOU with the world, Flea.
Namaste

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My beloved RHCP just became even more precious.

Flea, is the best thing since jumping off rooves into swimming pools in Hollywood became a thing. My only disappointment was that he is no longer Aussie enough to refer to himself as an Aussie Kid. Instead he is a "skinny kid from Arstraleea".

But man I love him. What a unique, honest, true and pure soul.

A "must listen"!

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Beautifully tingly

I cried, I laughed out loud and longed for more.
Both his words and voice are beautiful. I’m so glad I listened as you can hear the raw honesty in his story. It was wonderful to feel the words of someone who also sees, feels, hears and is touched by the wonder in the world regardless of the doom and gloom, always finding pure joy. Thank you!

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The best audio book I have listened to in years!

Loved every bit of it.
It made me cry, laugh, think.. and most of all hope.
Thank you Flea from all the underdogs and broken souls for sharing your story. 🖤

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If you didn’t think Flea could get any cooler… think again!

After reading Anthony Kiedis’ autobiography, ‘Scar Tissue’, I entered into Flea’s story with a curiosity to just know his perspective on Anthony’s outlandish tales.

I never expected to be given such a gift in this book. Flea illustrates an exceptional sense of ‘wordsmithery’, yet the true delight is his enthusiastic, and expressive narration. I had always admired Flea for his unapologetic punk leanings, and his interesting, and rich history, but Acid for the Children just stepped that admiration up tenfold.

Flea, I salute you, on a life well-lived, with undoubtedly much more to come! PLEASE bring out part 2!!!!

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Fantastic.

I loved this book. Flea writes and narrates with raw humility and honesty. A talented story teller and narrator.
When I finished listening to this book, I verbalised "noooo" out loud in my car.

Highly recommend.

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Fantastic!

Not a huge RHCP fan but Acid For The Children was just beautifully written!

Flea might be a better writer than he is a musician.

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A great insight into the world of Flea

If you want the dirt on RHCP, you will be disappointed. This book explores all the people, music and events that influenced Flea over the years.
I really enjoyed listening to this book and having Flea narrate it adds to the joy of it.
Thank you

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Yes, yes, yes!

Well written and always interesting! Flea does a great job at reading.. definitely a 10/10.

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Brilliant!

This book is a treat for those fans of the Funky Monks. Flea’s account of the earlier part of his life is generous and well structured in its narrative. I was highly impressed with Flea’s writing ability; the way he expertly writes and silkily delivers his words. He does not hold back the tribulations of what one would expect to be a fairytale life to greatness and delves in deep to the gritty underground life of the a vulnerable kid in LA.

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  • tobias grape
  • 07-11-2019

just wonderful

made me laugh and cry. Just pure beuty! This Book resonates with me on a deep level and Flea's voice is both powerful and sensitive.
Blew My mind!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-11-2019

Just lovely!

Ideal as an audiobook. It’s a gentle telling by the most gentle of wild man rockstars! Lovely!

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  • Nicholas Gunning
  • 08-09-2021

Brilliant work!

A very honest and humble account of an anything but ordinary childhood life. An incredible insight into one ingredient of RHCP and not portrayed in the way that I had assumed. Definitely worth recommending

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-07-2021

great book

loved every second. this is my second time reading this and I will probably read it again

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  • Jeremy Davis
  • 12-10-2020

Surprising, entertaining, insightful page turner

This is a rip roaring story of adventures and wildness with surprises and unexpected depth.

Whilst I like the Chilli Peppers music I didn’t really know anything about Flea prior to listening to this book and only got on to it through the recommendation of a friend and the title. Turns out that Flea is originally from my hometown of Melbourne and the tale begins with his early childhood.

His parents separate and he describes the relationship with his step dad Walter. Walter is at once a wildly unpredictable alcoholic and a source of inspiration for Flea through this dedication to his Jazz music.

The book is full of amazing stories and traces his life through different bands including Fear up to the first time RHCP perform.

I was surprised that the book really stops at the first RHCP song. It’s really about everything that happens up to his life until that point.

I liked best the entertaining stories of drug use but also how he then gives them up and goes cold turkey for three decades. It’s full of insights into spirituality and ultimately about a successful struggle with human weaknesses and insecurities.

Very entertaining and easy to read - this was a surprising and brilliant book!

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  • Jakob
  • 07-04-2020

An amazing book about beauty

Wow! One of the best books I have read/listened to. A truly heart opening experince

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  • Jose
  • 10-02-2020

Super sweet book. The tale of a sensitive boy.

It is a very sweet book telling the story of Flea's childhood, showing how sensitive he is and how his life was impacted by these events that later formed the man he became, which is where the book ends, just at the end of his adolescence, right at the beginning of the RHCP.

Being read by Flea himself, this is as immersive as it gets. You can hear his voice breaking during some particularly emotional passages, or mentioning special people in his life.

Before giving it a try, I was turned off knowing that the book was not about his time in the RHCP, but his childhood. Now, I'm just happy I got this sweet book by a sweet man.

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  • Daniel_23
  • 16-12-2019

Flea's story

I expected crazy stories and a look behind the scenes of one of my favorite bands. I got everything I wanted and much more. I loved the narration, you get what you came in for, an interesting wording choice and Flea's unmistakable voice timber acting out everything. I understand the man better and I am glad he got so lucky at the beginning and got wiser later in life.

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  • Gudrun D Whitehead
  • 04-12-2019

Loved it!

Beautiful, honest and hard to put down. Great book, loved getting an insight into Flea’s childhood. Well read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-11-2019

Flea is an author

I absolutely loved this book! It moved me to tears, made me laugh and smile and feel all kinds of emotions. I listened to the audio book while reading the real paper version of the book as English is not my first language. Flea himself reads the audio book and he couldn’t have done it better. His voice is pleasant. Sometimes he starts crying and sometimes you can hear a smile in his voice, he adds funny voices, spooky laughter and even additional information that you can’t find in the paper version of the book! His tale about his own childhood is colorful, vibrant, painfully sad and engaging. Flea proves that he is not just some mediocre celebrity trying to write a book, he is a real author. He clearly has a talent for writing. His story is honest, his writing a true reflection of the public person he is: passionate, unique, loving, crazy, intelligent and energetic. But it never gets out of hand. Flea is in total control of his own writing, which is one of the things that impressed me the most. He knows how to add just the right words at the right time and then leave it there for the reader to take in. You can tell he is an entertainer. The book also shows a new side of him, more calm and reflecting: his ability to look at himself and admit his own flaws, his guilt, his shame, his fear and grief. Flea is obviously a ”whole” person. And he never gets boring. He fills you up with colors, emotions and new thoughts. I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys good writing and memoirs. I can’t wait to read more from Flea, the author.

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  • stephen
  • 31-05-2020

amazing + beautiful

such a beautifully told story of flea's childhood up to the point of forming the red hot chili peppers. flea reading is a masterstroke too; hearing his voice crack when recounting moving moments.

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  • Joe Lawlor
  • 06-06-2020

What a beautiful real-life story

I’ve been a fan of Flea and the Chili’s since I first knew what music was. Thanks to my brother we would listen to all their albums before school, head banging in our towels. Flea’s writing and delivery is just perfect, and I simply loved it. This is the first memoir I have ever Audibled so I have no comparison, but that doesn’t matter - a virgin’s experience - it has opened my mind to listening to the memoirs of other people who grace(d) this earth.

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  • John Sharpe
  • 03-03-2020

Surprisingly Good. Flea tells his story well.

I was looking for the fast-food equivalent of an audio book, I did not expect the deep introspection and musical retrospection that the book invoked. Flea was not a likable young person but he narrates his story himself as a clean sober fifty seven year old who has reflected deeply on his behaviour and is grateful to have come out the other side.

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  • Rebecca
  • 14-03-2020

An honest and interesting book.

Enjoyed listening to the author read this book, he laughs at his own funny storys which made me laugh with him. Recommend *****

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  • Spaced2016
  • 12-01-2020

Could listen to the dude all day.

Loved it; such nice chill stories to listen to before you fall asleep at night.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-11-2019

fantastic book

Fantastic book. I listened to this book from sunset to sunrise to sunset. spiritual and honest. thank you Flea for sharing a part of yourself with us.

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  • Mike
  • 22-01-2021

Strange world

Struggled all the way through. Not enough info on each subject. The voice had no soul.
Just didn't enjoy it.
just an opinion. Other people may rave about it.
One screwed up puppy. Quite sad really

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  • Chris
  • 19-05-2022

One of the best books I've listened to!!

I loved this book. Flea's honest words were amazing, and his narration genuine.

The breadth of his musical knowledge fills this listen as does his love of literature and nature.

The writing itself is fluid and articulate, perhaps learnt from the wealth of literature he has enriched himself with. I won't spoil anything, but this is a total recommendation!

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  • John Creaney
  • 17-05-2022

Really cool listen totally recommend

Even if your not a peppers fan this book is a funny cool n positive listen

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  • wayne johnson
  • 14-05-2022

What a beautiful human being

Great read for any Chilli's fan. This is how a life should be lived. thank you flee.

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