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Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith by Joe Perry (2014)
« on: January 30, 2015, 02:18:47 pm »
Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith





So, Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith is the 3rd in a line of band members from Aerosmith writing their Rock-Bio's. The first two I read were what I consider to be misfires. You can check out my reviews for Joey Kramer and Steven Tyler's books if you want the full scoop my thoughts about them. Because of the underwhelming nature of their books, I went into Rocks with very low expectations, in spite of the "rave reviews" that normally accompany any new book release. Well, having just finished Joe's book, it's safe to say that he finally broke the losing streak by serving up an insightful and easy read.

Joe does a great job of painting a picture of what his life was like as a child growing up in the wildness and more to the point of what it was like discovering Rock and Roll for the first time and how one thing leads to the other and his transformation into a Guitar God. But it's his story surrounding Aerosmith that most people are picking this book up for and it delivers. They want all the dirt or at least more information regarding the formation of the band and the moments surrounding their iconic albums. I won't say that the "dirt" here is salacious if that's what your truly after. But I will say that hearing about Tyler through Perry's eyes is well.....eye opening to say the least (pun not intended). Even though it's great to read about his take on things regarding Tyler. He basically throws him under the bus time and again, which I thought was very odd given the fact that they are still in the same band as of this review. Joe basically makes Tyler look super lazy and neurotic and just constantly f*cked up, whether he is on drugs on not. It's not a pretty picture to say the least.

A good chunk of the book is devoted to all things Tyler that it almost becomes the book that Steven was suppose to have written. I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing that Joe spent so much time on it that it didn't even seem like it was his book anymore. Still makes for a great read and is what most are wanting from the book. The other thing that gets a lot of attention here was Joe's take on the Tim Collins fiasco that was addressed in Joey's book. Very fascinating stuff. I definitely recommend this book as a Rent, I would re-read this again sometime in the future for sure.
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Sounds good... I just may pick it up.
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