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Red Hot Chili Peppers Bassist Flea to Pen Memoir

Apr 3, 2014 at 2:08 PM | Music News | By Rock Square
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Seems like only yesterday that Flea and his Red Hot Chili Peppers comrades were a bunch of young upstarts bent on strategizing irreverent sock placement. But alas, those days are long gone, and the Chili Peppers are now elder statesmen in the rock world. They might still be funk rock superheros, but when they're not killing it on stage or in the studio, they do things like write books. Anthony Kiedis was the first out of the gate with his 2004 memoir Scar Tissue, but now his right hand man Michael “Flea” Balzary is getting in on the literary action with an autobiography of his very own. The book doesn’t have a title or release date yet, but Flea’s tome is already being hyped by its publisher.

“Grand Central is thrilled to publish Flea's memoir," said executive editor Ben Greenberg. "Besides being a voracious reader, he is an utterly unique musician, thinker and creative force – whether with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Atoms for Peace or his Silverlake Conservatory, which fosters music education in Los Angeles. His story is epic."

A press release announcing Grand Central Publishing’s acquisition of the book explains that Flea’s as-yet-untitled memoir will contain “stories from his intense and dynamic life,” including his upbringing in New York’s suburbs; his “bohemian” life in Los Angeles with his jazz musician stepfather; his “young, rebellious” years before the founding of Red Hot Chili Peppers; his complex collaborative friendship with RHCP frontman Anthony Kiedis; and his “myriad experiences with hard drugs.”

“I love literature deeply," Flea said. “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."

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