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Acid for the Children

By: Flea
Narrated by: Flea
Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
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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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Yes, yes, yes!

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

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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-11-2019

A nine hour Flea baseline!!

‘Read’ it in one long haul. Played the first RHCP album afterwards. The magic kicked in.....

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-11-2019

Michael b flea writers pedigree

I'm still in shock that this was only the childhood stories but so glad you took the time just for this. by far my favorite memoir I've ever read/heard, so poetic and rhythmical and dripping with heartfelt detail. the honesty and clarity in the drug experiences is what I would want every drug curious kid to hear before that 1st bender. such a deep and touching narration and inspiring listen. thank you for sharing such an astounding nugget with the world.

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  • Sd Sanders
  • 18-11-2019

A soulful look into the heart of an artist

I've always liked the chilis but if I'm honest always found flea a little bit annoying. This book and his reading of it changed my mind. Not only can this man play, he writes beautifully too. A flea shaped hole has been left in my life since finishing this and I now eagerly await the next volume.

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  • szyslak69
  • 18-11-2019

Emotional

Flea is a very emotional man, and you can hear it in his voice when describing a sad event in his life 😢

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  • miki
  • 17-11-2019

Flea is legend

If you like his music , Ian sure 5hat you will enjoy his book . Written from his heart , full of emotions . Fantastic , enjoyable

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  • 15-11-2019

Honest and compelling

Well written, well narrated. A fascinating insight into how Flea became Flea. Very honest and open.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-11-2019

Truly inspiring

I find this audiobook really inspirational. Filled with laughs and tears and a very touching ending!
I love it:)

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  • justin jay ford
  • 12-11-2019

Amazing

Flea is a awesome and caring man with a cool life story . This book was well writing and a joy to listen too . also he reads the whole book which makes it feel as he's reading to you personally. highly recommended 👍🏻

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-2019

perfect

absolutely incredible. the emotion and power of Flea's words truly resonate like nothing else. this is a beautifully unique piece of art and I could not reccomend it more. Thank you for this gift Flea

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-11-2019

loved

I listened to it in 2 sessions. so good, a real insight into creativity and Flea's experience