The iconic bassist tells all.
Red Hot Chili Peppers co-founder Flea has unveiled his autobiography, Acid For The Children. The memoir explores his childhood, influences, struggles and, of course, the eventual formation of the US rock band.
Flea’s passion for music was sparked at a young age, with the book detailing how his stepfather’s career as a jazz musician was a gateway to Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong. But as the family fell apart due to alcoholism, Flea’s life took a turn for the worst and he began taking drugs and experiencing homelessness from a young age.
“I was raised in a very violent, alcoholic household,” the Chili Peppers bassist said.
“I grew up being terrified of my parents, particularly my father figures. It caused [me] a lot of trouble later in life.”
He soon met Chili Peppers co-founder (and fellow outcast) Anthony Kiedis and the two hit it off, unaware that they’d eventually form one of the greatest rock bands in recent history.
On November 5th, the thing that I spent hundreds of hours quietly writing at home, in hotels, on buses, and wherever I…
Acid For The Children is out now via Hachette.
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