My Life in and Out of Aerosmith

Book - 2014
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The lead guitarist of Aerosmith shares behind-the-scenes perspectives into the band, discussing his decision to drop out of school, enduring relationship with Steven Tyler, and experiences with fame and recovery.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2014
ISBN: 9781476714547
Branch Call Number: 782.42166092 PER 2014
Characteristics: 416 pages
Additional Contributors: Ritz, David


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Jan 15, 2015

Of all the rock bios out right now, and there are a lot to pick from, Rocks: My Life In And Out of Aerosmith is the best-written and most absorbing. David Ritz, Perry's co-author, has an impressive list of credits and started out by co-writing Sexual Healing with Marvin Gaye. This book is not a catalog of the exploits of the Toxic Twins, or a re-living of glory days. Perry has always been a musicians' musician, the real deal, and the book is about how a boy in love with music became a man in love with music, and the pitfalls and successes that were part of that evolution. Apart from a sense that Perry and Steven Tyler will never settle their differences, and that Perry blames Tyler for this, there is not much said about Tyler, or about what was one of rock's most dynamic song writing teams for many years. Perry's account of the Aerosmith years seems somewhat disingenuous. Overall, though, Rocks is a very good read, but more interesting for people who love music and musicians than those who are looking for sordid tales of groupies and hotel room wrecking.

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