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Acid for the Children

By: Flea
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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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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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Yes, yes, yes!

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

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Flea

I really enjoyed this raw and vivid account of Fleas life. He tells his story with a tone that is easy and interesting to listen too. He's honest, and even though his story is sometimes ugly his prose ouzes a complex beauty of the hope.

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So genuine. not a story but a window into the soul

Honest, intimate journey through the life of a unique man who fought a tough road to meet his destiny and make a difference to the world. Thank you Flea!

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Really Wonderful

I've been a fan of Flea since I was a teenager starting to learn the bass. I'm glad his story focuses more on his personal journey rather than that of just the Chili Peppers. Flea has had a wild ride of a life and it's amazing he's even still alive. His outlook on life is inspiring and he seems like a genuine and honest person. There's plenty about the music in this as well by the way, it's just not a band bio, if that's what you're thinking. Great listen!

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Genuine and heartfelt

Well read by Flea himself with heartfelt joy, sadness, emotional connection and 'melancholy nostalgia'. I think we could all relate to at least some these memoirs.

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Love The Flea

Thank you for sharing your life story Flea I love listening to you read it and I felt part of your life listening to it love and light

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Wow thanks flea 🇦🇺

Wow thanks flea 🇦🇺
Reading this book without hearing fleas verbal passion and pain would not do justice in reading this alone
As an Australian man, boy, manchild whatever you want to label me , these honest memoirs of this mans journey really inspired & hit home about what life is and can be .
Flea breathes nothing but refreshing honesty into this audio book and I listened to it within a 24 hr period
Thank you mate

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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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  • Joselo
  • 11-03-2020

By the way

Best known as the bassist and one of the song writers of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flea paints the world as seen through the eyes of his youth. He generously shares his life's background, the confusion that he felt as a child growing up in a dysfunctional family, but also the love for music that he learned from his stepfather, a jazz musician... He's candid and self-critical when he speaks about his insecurities or about certain episodes when he acted ignorant. We learn about his early excursions into sex, drugs and rock n' roll, and about his friendship with other young rascals, including his bandmate Anthony Kiedis. Flea has a way with words and many passages are very beautifully written. There are moments of joy and euphoria, but there's also a lingering sadness in his voice. (He narrates the audiobook himself, which is a treat.) He seems like a sensitive, thoughtful guy who is willing to share some of the twists and turns that he's been through and a few of the things that he's learned along the way. If you're a fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, this audiobook is certainly worth checking out. Do keep in mind that it doesn't cover the more recent stages of his life. If he publishes another memoir one day with later stories, I'll make sure to pick it up and see what else he has to say.

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  • Jose Pepe
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-04-2020

Inspiring

Full of love and honesty. Can't wait for the next installment (this book only takes you to Flea aged 20)

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  • Flinty
  • 21-03-2020

Beautiful listen.

Not even a RHCP fan particularly, I bought this off the back of seeing Flea play some amazing trumpet on a YouTube video. (I’m a trumpet player myself into jazz and funk). Wow, what an insight into a man at whose core is, unexpectedly, jazz. Beautifully self narrated and deep. Loving it. Will be reading this also.

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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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  • 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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  • MermaidGhostie
  • 26-02-2020

Whirlwind

Beautifully heartwarming. A wonderful insight to an artist I love and smile upon. It was great listening to flea read his book and hear the emotion of his story throughout.

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  • Dan
  • 19-02-2020

Amazing read!

This is one of the most beautiful read/listen I’ve ever experienced. I’m in no doubt I will read this but I’m so glad I got to enjoy how raw this book was being read by the man himself. It’s everything you want from a biography and more.

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  • T. Carter
  • 09-02-2020

Incredible book

Perfect audiobook, loved every word. Would recommend it over the print version. Hope there is a sequel!

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  • Jack
  • 04-02-2020

Wonderful Story, Brilliantly Told

Flea's grasp on the English language is immense. His use of words encapsulates the listener from beginning to end. The book is a fascinating depiction of a kid raised by the wild streets of Hollywood and will leave you yearning for adventure! Looking forward to part ii.