Flea, of Red Hot Chili Pepper fame, is Writing a Memoir

by Rachel Baker on April 4, 2014

When I was much, much younger (read: Still in high school), I was introduced to the Red Hot Chili Peppers by a girl who worked in my mom’s office. The album Blood Sugar Sex Magik had just come out and it was amazing! They were the first band I’d ever heard that straight up sang about sex, drugs and the ugliness of life in a very open way that I’d never experienced before.

I’d already found REM who I thought to be pretty anti-establishment; I liked Nirvana, Pearl Jam and eventually, I found Green Day…but none of these bands were anything like the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I didn’t know any of these guy’s stories, and I hadn’t been following them prior to Blood Sugar Sex Magik, I just knew the rawness of the music for some reason at that point in my life spoke to me in a way nothing else had. It wasn’t about the lyrics, it was about the raw emotion in the lyrics.

Truthfully, Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magik scared the hell out of me, but it also drew me in, sat me down and spoke to me in a way nothing else had in my whole young life. It completely encompassed the anger I was feeling at being a teenager in my town, at my school, in my family, at my time. It was never about the sexuality of the lyrics, though I recognized they were there. As I said, it was about the introduction of the ugliness of life and it scared the hell out of me. In hindsight, this album could be included in the list of reasons why I joined the military. It made me aware (and fear) what might happen if I did’t follow the “right path” and bucked the system instead, and what might happen if I stayed in my hometown after high school. Thinking about it now, the music of this album had a profound effect on me.

So, why am I telling you this? Well, because Flea is writing a memoir. On the list of people I think of likely to write a memoir, he’s not on it. And frankly, I’m pretty fascinated with the thought that he’s writing one and what it might say.

BUT…Grand Central Publishing has just announced they have acquired the memoir:

Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, is pleased to announce the acquisition today of a memoir by Flea, the bassist and founding member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, one of the most prominent and successful bands of the last 30 years. Ben Greenberg, Executive Editor at Grand Central Publishing, acquired the world rights in an exclusive negotiation with David Vigliano of David Vigliano & Associates. A publication date has not yet been set for the as-­-yet untitled memoir. Hachette Audio will publish an audio edition. UK and Commonwealth rights were pre-­-empted by Sarah Emsley at Headline at the time of acquisition.

In his self-­-written memoir, Flea— who recently lit up social media with his viral post about the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 2014 SuperBowl performance— will share stories from his intense and dynamic life, including: his move from a “normal” upbringing in the suburbs of New York to Los Angeles to live a bohemian life with a jazz musician step-­-father; his young, rebellious life on the streets of LA where he befriends Anthony Kiedis and founds the Red Hot Chili Peppers with Kiedis and two other high school friends; details about his sometimes complex friendship and collaboration with Kiedis; his myriad experiences with hard drugs; and, of course, the tumultuous creative journey of the legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers through its various incarnations over the last 30 years, according to Flea.

Here’s the press release from Grand Central Publishing:
https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/_b2c/media/files/01-04-2014/2014-04-01_ACQ_Flea.pdf

As I researched the Red Hot Chili Peppers so I got the dates correct, I ran across this little tidbit:

I love literature deeply,” Flea says in a press release. “I view books as sacred things, and in writing my story, I’m going to do my best to honor the form that has played such a huge part in shaping who I am.

who knew!

Read the article on Yahoo Music:
https://music.yahoo.com/news/flea-chronicle-drugs-rebellion-bohemian-life-memoir-172052235-rolling-stone.html

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