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Joe Perry’s New York Times bestselling memoir of life in the rock-and-roll band Aerosmith: “An insightful and harrowing roller coaster ride through the career of one of rock and roll’s greatest guitarists. Strap yourself in” (Slash).

Before the platinum records or the Super Bowl half-time show or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Joe Perry was a boy growing up in small-town Massachusetts. He idolized Jacques Cousteau and built his own diving rig that he used to explore a local lake. He dreamed of becoming a marine biologist. But Perry’s neighbors had teenage sons, and those sons had electric guitars, and the noise he heard when they started playing would change his life.

The guitar became his passion, an object of lust, an outlet for his restlessness and his rebellious soul. That passion quickly blossomed into an obsession, and he got a band together. One night after a performance he met a brash young musician named Steven Tyler; before long, Aerosmith was born. What happened over the next forty-five years has become the stuff of legend: the knockdown, drag-out, band-splintering fights; the drugs, the booze, the rehab; the packed arenas and timeless hits; the reconciliations and the comebacks.

Rocks is an unusually searching memoir of a life that spans from the top of the world to the bottom of the barrel—several times. It is a study of endurance and brotherhood, with Perry providing remarkable candor about Tyler, as well as new insights into their powerful but troubled relationship. It is an insider’s portrait of the rock and roll family, featuring everyone from Jimmy Page to Alice Cooper, Bette Midler to Chuck Berry, John Belushi to Al Hirschfeld. It takes us behind the scenes at unbelievable moments such as Joe and Steven’s appearance in the movie of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (they act out the murders of Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees).

Full of humor, insight, and brutal honesty about life in and out of one of the biggest bands in the world, Rocks is “well-paced, well-plotted…a mini-masterpiece” (The Boston Globe).

Biographies & Memoirs
October 7
Simon & Schuster

Customer Reviews

cape cod maureen ,

The only thing that ever made sense to me was rock&roll

Thank you for this gift Joe I thank god every day that myself and Aerosmith is still here after what we went thru in early 80s Brockton your music was meant to be I'm halfway thru the book and again thank you for the jangling blues dirty rock & roll licks and for giving us your story again I feel I'm in presence of a a higher power god is in your guitar

Mad customers ,

Amazing Story

I fell in love with this story. I felt like I was actually riding the highs and lows Joe Perry so elegantly wrote about. He made me smile and sometimes laugh and cry. I have been a long time fan of Aerosmith. I tried to see them in person twice in the late 1990's and early 2000. Both shows were canceled. One because of a potential hurricane and the other due to a band member's illness. Now I'm confined to a wheelchair their music helps me get through long hours. I wish Joe Perry and his lovely family so much happiness and good health. Thank you so much for a great book!

Yorkiesox ,


Brutally honest inside look at life from a true rockstar the good the bad and the ugly!
Joe gives a personal view of life as he lived it and shows us all that nothing is easy without hard work and total determination.
Rocks is a great read by one of the greatest guitarists to hit the stage...the legendary Joe Perry!! Highly recommended...

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