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