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Scar Tissue

Narrated by: Rider Strong
Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (401 ratings)

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In 1983 four self-described 'knuckleheads' burst out of the neo-punk rock scene in L.A. with their own unique brand of cosmic hard-core mayhem funk. Over 20 years later, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, against all the 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 rollercoastar ride.

Scar Tissue far transcends the typical rock biography, because Anthony Kiedis is anything but a typical rock star. It is instead a searingly honest memoir - a compelling story of dedication and debauchery, of intrigue and integrity, of recklessness and redemption. It is a story that could only have come out of Hollywood.

©2009 Anthony Kiedis (P)2009 Bolinda

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"The year's most astonishing rock autobiography." ( The Observer)

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Insightful read

Interesting insight into one man his band and his struggle with addiction. Would be interesting to have a catch up added to the book bringing it into 2016

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Absolutely amazing

I stayed at work for an extra hour because I didn't care that it was home time, I just wanted to hear more

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eye opener

a real insight into Anthonys life definitely worth a listen if you're interested in music or even just the Chili Peppers.

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Inspiring

There’s a lot of love and heart in this story and not many people who experience addiction the way Anthony has pull through. Its a tribute to the love he has in life. Much respect to anyone who takes this journey of sobriety, many thanks to you Anthony for reminding us all what’s important in life. Consta

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Great book

Love AK And RHCP, so this book was great. The narrator however was very distracting and I think shouldn't have done any accents.

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A little self indulgent and overacted.

Anthony no doubt has an inflated sense of self, so some of his stories don't come off as genuine. and the narrator has an annoying tendency to act out the words, which tended to make the words not sound like they were coming from Kiedis.

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Such a great narrator!!

LOVED this book. Rider Strong the narrator was fantastic, really felt like it was Anthony and i could hear the emotion behind the voice. Couldnt stop listening.

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Great story

This was a great book, however, I nearly stopped listening after the worst kiwi accent I have ever heard.

Anthony has had a crazy life.

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  • Ian
  • 13-10-2018

Appalling attitude

I love the Red Hot Chili Peppers however this book has made me realise that Anthony Kiedis is a self centred judgemental, narcissistic misogynist. His attitude towards women in particular is appalling. His triumph over addiction is to be commended however I feel this book simply glamorises disgraceful behaviours and attitudes.

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A fascinating insight to a musician's life

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was wonderful to learn how Anthony made his way to be a singer of one of the biggest Punk Rock groups in the world. How he portrays the trials and tribulations of drug use, falling in love very easily (and repeatedly) and how money doesn't always buy happiness.

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  • sarah
  • 01-08-2012

Interesting Insight

Where does Scar Tissue rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is toward the top of my library in terms of quality. It is an interesting account, it's a very long book that deals in depth with each stage of the band's progression, with a solid delivery by the narrator. I'm not the hugest fan of the band, but I lived through their times and it's a really interesting account of that. I admire the author's candid account, it doesn't seem like he held much back in the writing of this memoir.

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  • Robyn
  • 04-01-2010

Brilliant

What an incredible story!. And not only that Anthony is still alive. I've heard the Chilli Peppers commercial songs, but never been a mad huge fan. After hearing this I want to go out now and listen to every album as I feel I now have a small understanding of where it all comes from.
This warts and all story gives a great education on drugs and drug abuse and how the minds that are attached to these abused bodies work. I loved every minute, was gutted every time you lost the battle and cheered when you could stay sober. I had to listen to the last 3 hours in one hit - I couldn't turn off. To Anthony - Thank you for sharing so much.
To Rider - So very well read.

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  • Sarah
  • 14-07-2014

Could only be a hollywood life

Where does Scar Tissue rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Up near the top for sure. The narrator is fantastic & the book has got a great mix of highs, lows, funny bits, sad bits and so on that make it really easy to keep listening.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the stories behind the music. What was going on in their lives when they were doing which shows. Anthony Keidis very unconventional childhood is interesting, as is his continued functioning as a musician to such a high level, whilst leading such a dysfunctional long time drug interest!

Have you listened to any of Rider Strong’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Never, but this one was fantastic!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

No idea, but I would love them to make a film!

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  • Leilani
  • 31-05-2014

great narrative

Would you listen to Scar Tissue again? Why?

A great read/listen and an indepth look into Swans crazy life. Would definitely recommend. Rider Strong is excellent!

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  • Steven
  • 08-08-2010

The up & down lifesyle of a moden rockstar.

Not just for peppers fans. This a the storey of the up & down lifesyle of a moden rockstar.
A must for every ex-addict and everyone else, life is a rollercoaster baby.
How this guy is still alive I do not know.

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  • Rowan
  • 02-03-2010

Very enjoyable if a fan

It opened up their music a lot for me and even went back and got the old albums to listen to. Following their progress and their music. Loved it and read really well. Amazed he is still alive

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  • Annica
  • 07-02-2010

Good story, well read

I found the story behind the Red Hot Chilli Peppers facinating and the book was very well read. The voice fit perfectly. Full marks.