Larry "Ratso" Sloman

Scar Tissue

Now in paperback, the New York Times bestseller by one of rock’s most provocative figures


Whether he’s recollecting the influence of the beautiful, strong women who have been his muses, or retracing a journey that has included appearances as diverse as a performance before half a million people at Woodstock or an audience of one at the humble compound of the exiled Dalai Lama, Kiedis shares a compelling story about the price of success and excess. Scar Tissue is a story of dedication and debauchery, of intrigue and integrity, of recklessness and redemption – a story that could only have come out of the world of rock.

"For a musician who has spent the better half of his life either intoxicated or on a drug high, Kiedis, the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, has produced a surprisingly detailed account of his life. Raised in the 1960s and '70s by a drug dealer father who first introduced his preteen son to drugs by mashing them into bananas, the high school delinquent and UCLA dropout seemed destined for a life of rabble-rousing until his high school band—cofounded by close friends Michael 'Flea' Balzary and Hillel Slovak—took off and became one of the most popular groups of the 1990s. Though he peppers his book with little known facts (for instance, the author narrowly missed being named Clark Gable Kiedis), the punk-funk rocker dedicates too few pages to his introspective music-writing process and too many to his incessant drug use and revolving door of girlfriends (which included actress Ione Skye, singer Sinéad O'Connor and director Sofia Coppola). But while Kiedis fails to scratch beneath the surface of his fast-lane life, his frankness is moving, especially toward the end of the book, when his mea culpa turns into a full-blown account of recovery and redemption."
Publisher’s Weekly


"Kiedis recounts his pharmacological odyssey with wide-eyed relish and a refreshing lack of rehab remorse"
London Sunday Times


"Thoughtful, candid, and entertaining."
GQ


"An entertaining account of being the most priapic, junkie member of California's most priapic, junkie rock band"
Guardian

Selected Works

Biography
The Secret Life of Houdini
An award-winning new biography of America’s first Superhero, Harry Houdini.
Memoir
Scar Tissue
"Book of the Year"
–New Music Express


"The year's most astonishing rock autobiography"
–Observer
Nonfiction
On the Road with Bob Dylan
"The War and Peace of Rock ‘n Roll"
–Bob Dylan