The iconic bassist and co-founder of the Red Hot Chili Peppers tells his fascinating origin story, complete with all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you'd want from an LA street rat turned world famous rock star.
In Acid for the Children, Flea takes readers on a deeply personal and revealing tour of his formative years, spanning from Australia to the New York City suburbs to, finally, Los Angeles. Through hilarious anecdotes, poetical meditations, and occasional flights of fantasy, Flea deftly chronicles the experiences that forged him as an artist, a musician, and a young man. His dreamy, jazz-inflected prose makes the Los Angeles of the 1970s and 80s come to gritty, glorious life, including the potential for fun, danger, mayhem, or inspiration that lurked around every corner. It is here that young Flea, looking to escape a turbulent home, found family in a community of musicians, artists, and junkies who also lived on the fringe. He spent most of his time partying and committing petty crimes. But it was in music where he found a higher meaning, a place to channel his frustration, loneliness, and love. This left him open to the life-changing moment when he and his best friends, soul brothers, and partners-in-mischief came up with the idea to start their own band, which became the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Acid for the Children is the debut of a stunning new literary voice, whose prose is as witty, entertaining, and wildly unpredictable as the author himself. It's a tenderly evocative coming-of-age story and a raucous love letter to the power of music and creativity from one of the most renowned musicians of our time.
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It’s something extraordinary when a person can be relatable yet remain so enchanting. Like a moth to a flame, Flea’s passion for music is otherworldly. His love of music and his friendship with AK are the result of some sort of alchemy. For a story that is so raw, it is eloquently written. A truly beautiful man.
Flea reminded me of why I fell in love with music and I simultaneously relived the transcendence that I never knew possible...It’s so natural to casually grow away from all that once was captivating. Life happens. Flea brought me back to where it all began for me.. different time and story, but a reminder that I’m still me, and the music is still pulsing...
Wholesome. Provocative. Insightful.
We’ve seen what the tabloids have wanted us to see about fellow celebrities and their life stories, but until you hear the true depth of a person from their own words, stories, and emotions that clearly seep through every page, one cannot come close to understanding the impact an upbringing has on the music we love.
This book is not only about the crazy drug escapades of a young man, but the life lessons behind every drug, crime, and unhealthy relationship that was interwoven into the creation of a musical mastermind who wants to spread the magical essence of music through funky bass lines and uncontrollable dancing.
This book is worth the read.