Steven Tyler: "Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?"

Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? A Rock "N" Roll Memoir

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You have to admit its a catchy title for a Memoir...but then everything Steven Tyler does is 'catchy'. Of course you know who Steven Tyler is right? Lead singer of the well known group,"Aerosmith"...you do know who Aerosmith is....or have you been living in a cave? Well, if you haven't been living in a cave maybe you're too old or too young? This is your chance to go behind the scenes of Aerosmith...and to meet Steven Tyler.

This is Steven Tyler's Memoir and it reads just like his life....fast moving. It starts out like any other Memoir, Autobiography or Biography, with Steven Tyler's birth and childhood. Nothing abnormal there if you don't count his outlook of things. Steven (he likes to be called Steven) was born Steven Tallarico, March 26, 1948 in Polyclinic Hospital in the Bronx (NY).

The first three years of his life were spent in Manhattan not far from the Apollo Theater. Steven points out his Mom read him "Aesop's Fables" and Rudyard Kipling's "Just So Stories". At age six she told him it was time to start reading them himself to which he replied, "I'll just become a musician and write my own stories and myths." So, now you know when his love of music began boiling in his blood.

He goes on to recount various characters he was introduced to as a child, all of whom introduced him to new music and songs...he gives you some background about his parents...jumping back and forth through time making sure you are paying attention.


Love in an Elevator

Workin' like a dog for the boss man (Oh!)

Workin' for the company (Oh, yeah!)
I'm bettin' on the dice I'm tossin' (Oh!)
I'm gonna have a fantasy (Oh, yeah!)
But where am I gonna look?
They tell me that love is blind
I really need a girl like an open book
to read between the lines

Love in an elevator
Livin' it up when I'm goin' down
Love in an elevator
Lovin' it up 'til I hit the ground


An excerpt from the book about his childhood reads;

"And that's where I grew up, under the piano, listening and living in between the notes of Chopin, Bach, Beethoven, Debussy. That's where I got that "Dream On" chordage. Dad went to Julliard and ended up playing at Carnegie Hall...." They had a Steinnway grand piano in their home.

He spent his summers in Sunapee, New Hampshire. He explains in the fifties it took them seven hours to go from New York to New Hampshire. His father owned a summer resort there called Trow-Rico. Steven tells about his days at Trow-Rico. He tells about his education and all with a rock star's flair. His language is often 'colorful' as his life was even then.

His first arrest for marijuana possession came when he was a teenager. He got kicked out of high school and was sent to Jose Quintano's School for Young Professionals. Steven does a lot of back and forth in time and it is sometimes difficult to remember what period of his life you are reading about. There are no holes barred...he tells all and he tells it like it is.

I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing

could lie awake just to hear you breathing
Watch you smile while you are sleeping
Well you're far away dreaming
I could spend my life in this sweet surrender
And just stay here lost in this moment forever
Well, every moment spent with you
Is a moment I treasure

[Chorus]
I don't wanna close my eyes
I don't wanna fall asleep
'Cause I'd miss you, babe
And I don't wanna miss a thing
'Cause even when I dream of you
The sweetest dream will never do
I'd still miss you, babe
And I don't wanna miss a thing

Steven had several bands before forming Aerosmith. In 1972 Aerosmith started work on their first album. He says (in the book) of his first album, "The style of the first album was raw, filled with relentless attitude. We were a bunch of boys who had never seen the inside of a recording studio." Shortly after that he states, "Aerosmith was all about sex...music for hot chicks and horny boys. Loud, bone-rattling rock for chopped and channeled cars and customized Harleys."

Yes, according to Steven Tyler's Memoir, everything you've heard about rock bands is true...the music, the sex, and the drugs. At one point he says,in the book, "...we've got an impressive entourage of haute coke dealers and purveyors of other things for the discerning drug addict..."

He also said, "As soon as you get well known enough for people to want to make stuff up about you, they will. It's not up to you anymore; the demon is on the loose. Everybody you work with, buy a car from, hire as a babysitter; everyone who fixes your computer. Each becomes, overnight, a writer of short stories, a chronicler of mouth-watering scandal." Its really very sad. As you read through his Memoir you keep asking yourself, with all the drugs and sex he was involved in why would anyone want to make up more?

The one thing I was impressed by was his respect for women. Not necessarily the roadies, but any of the women he became involved in. He speaks very highly of his ex-wives even when recounting fights and problems, but back to the band.

Aerosmith had its own problems among band members. There was jealousy over who was more prominent on a certain song, or who Steven wrote a song with. There were quarrels, drug interventions, members quitting and new members brought in. Changing agents and directors, some good some bad, the same with other crew members. So many different personalities and so many drugs....marijuana, heroin, cocaine, dilaudid, and more. In the early years Steven was always high when he wrote a song. They would 'snort blow', they would do drugs onstage and off...Steven kept a drum head with the bottom containing Jack Daniel's and two Dixie cups, one had cocaine in it and the other Coca Cola and Jack Daniel's.

Steven was in and out of rehab but finally in the nineties he managed to stay "clean" for twelve years...throat problems, foot problems including foot surgeries and Hepatitis C with their accompanying medications caused problems for the drug addict no longer on drugs. The drug of choice then became OxContin...then Xanax, Libriium, Valium, etc.

Steven Tyler - Dream On - American Idol Season 10 Finale Results

I've just scratched the surface of this Memoir. Steven tells about meetings with his friends, Ted Nugent, Motley Crue, and more. He tells about meeting Pamela Anderson, Ozzie, Paul McCartney, and more. He tells about Aerosmith's road trips, how they picked out their clothes and put their albums together. He tells about his marriages and the birth of his children. Is the book worth reading? From my point of view, yes.

He ends the book by saying, "It's hard to tell who I am by the trail left by my musical career. I am the Demong of Screamin', the dude that looks like a lady, the rag doll that married Lucy in the Sky...If you listen to that song I wrote in 1969, "Dream On," you might get a different view...."

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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Mary -

An excellent review! I've always had a hard time with Aerosmith. Not because of their music, as many are classics and memorable, but because from the time their first album came out, they were supposed to be America's answer to the Rolling Stones. The tough band image, the visual similarities, even some of their music verged across the borders of those who preceeded them by over a decade. Recently, the appearances of Tyler on American Idol (a show I've never watched) provided the ultimate sellout of a true rock icon.

But, since I just finished a Ron Wood biography, this might be worth looking into. Especially after the way you described it. Again, Great Hub! Up & Useful & Interesting!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Great review Mary! I may have to read this and only based on your review. Tyler is not someone I would normally seek out for entertainment. I'm ambivalent about him and his music....the best thing about him....in my opinion....is that lovely daughter Liv and her acting ability. I'm not sure why I don't like him that much...the music is good...I certainly love rock. Sigh...unexplainable!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

RCrumple, funny you compare Tyler to the Rolling Stones. He relates in his book how he tried to pass himself off as Mick Jagger's younger brother, successfully, when he was younger. He really wrote some great songs. Thanks for reading the hub and if you read the book hope you enjoy it.

Bill..after reading the book I think I am more puzzled by Tyler's personality. He actually has four lovely children (including Liv). I didn't realize I knew so much of their music till I read the book. I never really had any feelings one way or another about him before...I'm more inclined to feel for him now...I don't want to say I fee4l sorry for him but he went through a lot (even if much of it he caused himself.)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Til....No pun intended...This hub is music to my eyes! Aerosmith holds a small part of my history together....and IMO, Steven Tyler IS Aerosmith. "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing," whose lyrics you feature is one of my favorites as well as "Dream On."

I had watched American Idol only sporadically......until Steven became a judge......then I never missed it. Sad that he left.

There's a very unique connection between Steven & me. My only niece (my late sister's daughter) is an identical clone to Steven's gorgeous and talented daughter, the actress, "Liv Tyler" (Armagedden). There's a very "intriguing story" about that I must tell you one day!!

This hub gets a great big Up vote from me!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

You are right, Steven Tyler is Aerosmith...without him, not Aerosmith! When he chose to do American Idol his "bandmates" were PO'd but he went ahead.

ANY relative of yours must be gorgeous, look at you GF! Can't wait to hear your story.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

I don't normally read rock bios but I might be tempted after your review Mary. I'm not a fan of Aerosmith but I do quite like him because he looks like the real deal - even at age 64 (he must have good genes). I quite liked his cameo part on Two and A Half Men as well where he was able to be very self-deprecating - he was very funny :o)


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Steve Tyler isn't one of my favorite musicians, but he is a player! I'm partial to the Beatles and Paul McCartney. Aerosmith released some great tunes, though!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Jools after reading this Memoir I think Steven Tyler is the real deal as well. He loves music and gave his life to his music.

Austinstar, its a love hate relationship with Steven Tyler, you love him or you hate him. He adored the Beatles and was thrilled when he ran into Paul McCartney (in a men's room).


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sligobay 4 years ago from east of the equator

Hi Mary. Great Hub review. I have often asked others whether the noise in my head bothered them. I've loved Aerosmith and Tyler from the outset. Thanks for refreshing my memories.


IntegrityYes 4 years ago

Aerosmith still rocks. Their first two albums are the rawest and best to me. That is so informative. I voted up for sure.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Glad I could refresh your memories Sligo...Tyler definitely wrote some incredible songs.

IntegrityYes, I agree. Love their songs.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

This is a great rundown on an Icon who keeps on rockin'. Learned a lot about this guy that I never took time to know. Your review makes me want to read more. Much of the story strikes a familiar bell of the fast life and trying times of being a musician. I knew a few who didn't make it to stardom. Good read here.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Peg...a lot of struggle to get to the top and then a lot of struggle to stay sane, IMHO.


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schoolgirlforreal 4 years ago from USA

I love Steven Tyler..and Aerosmith...couldn't get past the video,CRAZY nice video. Looks like an interesting book! nice

Love the Dream on video, it's the best on the net! (I've seen it before) :)


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks SchoolGirl, finally someone who loves Steven Tyler!


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mperrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

Sounds like a great memoir - I've always loved Steven Tyler - he could always generate that raw rock and roll sound (I'm 66 and still love it) and has managed to survive over the years along with the Rolling Stones. You're never too old to rock and roll! Good review voted up and interesting!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

I totally agree MPerrottet, we're never too old to rock and roll. Thanks for reading and voting, much appreciated.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Caught with Steven when I heard, "rock this way" back in 1989, and "I don't wanna miss a thing," in 1997. My songs of choice are soft 80's rock. "Dream on" might be a classic, but can appeal more to others than to me. I hope drugs doesn't stop him from creating and composing. But he is unique, as Paul Mac Cartney is unique. Great review Mary. Thanks!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

I have more respect for him after reading the book Lord even though I was put off with his drug abuse. He is very talented...he was only 16 when he wrote Dream On! He is certainly unique.


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Mary, Steven Tyler is a talented man, and glad that he was frank about a part of his life not many would be proud of. Sounds like I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing...will get the book for a read after this recommendation! Sharing!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Yes Michelle, he was brutally frank throughout the book. His talent and drive, I think, are what kept him going. Hope you enjoy the book.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Whooooo Hooooo... see now that I'm actually following you, look what the heck I am discovering...!!

OK, with God as my witness, I selected a song for your interview that is 'right up your alley'... funny the first song I selected, I didn't want to put you off... and that was just "CRAZY" obviously!

LOVE LOVE this man and his music... he is part of my musical tapestry.

Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Okay Maria, so you've only known me a little while and yet...you know me so well! "Crazy" fits my personality to a 'T"! Thanks for stopping at this hub.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Mary, I love Aerosmiths' music, 'I don't want to miss a thing' being my all time favourite.

I knew nothing about Steven Tyler and thoroughly enjoyed your excellent book review, many thanks and voted up


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

I didn't know much about him either Movie Master, until I read this. I figured there would be some Aerosmith fans that might enjoy the read. Glad you were one of them!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

This is an excellent review of Steven's book. I have always been a fan, regardless of drugs, etc. He is a great performer. Voted up, interesting and awesome.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

I agree Pamela, he is a very talented man and great performer.

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