Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, Flea has been teasing his memoir titled, Acid For The Children for more than five years. Now, the Australian-born musician has just announced the highly-anticipated book will officially be released on November 5th and will feature a foreword by none other than punk icon, Patti Smith.
The wild life-story of one of rock’s most iconic bassists will be told through “dreamy, jazz-inflected prose” that takes “hilarious anecdotes, poetical meditations, and occasional flights of fantasy.” The book’s synopsis promises “a deeply personal and revealing tour” of Flea’s “formative years,” from his childhood in Australia and the suburbs of New York to his eventual arrival in southern California.
In an interview with Publishers Weekly, Flea explained that while his childhood wasn’t difficult to write about, he noted it was indeed difficult to share with people.
“I didn’t want to write a rock star book,” he explained. “It was about setting a challenge for myself to write something that wasn’t about the Chili Peppers and that would have to stand on its own as a piece of literature.”
“I’ve been asked to write a memoir many times but have never wanted to do it, because I didn’t like the idea of writing a celebrity book, and I didn’t like the idea of having a ghostwriter, and I didn’t want to write a book unless I was really going to sit down and write one, and give myself to it.”
And, we can’t wait to read it! Chili Peppers frontman, Anthony Kiedis’ autobiography, Scar Tissue, was No. 1 on the New York Times Best Seller List in 2004 and given that the pair are best friends, we're expecting Flea’s memoirs to be just as saucy! Flea is set to release Acid For The Children on November 5th. Check it out here.
Listen to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers on Spotify:
Listen to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers on Apple Music: