Acid for the Children Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The strange tale of a boy named Flea starts in Rye, NY. It was all very normal. But soon his parents divorced and his mother Patricia remarried a jazz musician. Flea's stepfather frequently invited musicians to his house for jam sessions which sparked Flea's interest in music. The family moved to Los Angeles, where Flea became fascinated with the trumpet, idolising musicians like Miles, Dizzy, and Louis.
But the family soon fell apart. 'I was raised in a very violent, alcoholic household,' Flea later said. 'I grew up being terrified of my parents, particularly my father figures. It caused [me] a lot of trouble later in life.' He began smoking weed at 13 and became a daily user of harder drugs. He was on the streets by 14 and soon after, met another social outcast and drug user named Anthony Kiedis. They formed a band that would become the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Acid for the Children is pure, uncut Flea, with nothing left unsaid.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 4 minutes|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||05 November 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 928 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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I am not much of a jazz fan but understand his love for it. A lot of the bands he spoke of I never heard of but can see it helped him to grow in his musical inspiration.
Why did i give it 3 stars? I guess because at times it did not grip me. But I still think he is such an amazing artist and character.
This book is more about him and his life rather than him and the band/s. If your a fan woth reading
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Many people locked in the prison of early childhood trauma lose all sense of agency, and Flea's "screw it, just do it" attitude is a great antidote to this. Sadly the bodies of those who are unable to find this power within themselves litter the pages of this book.
People who have suffered chaotic childhood's are often dismissed as drug addicts or losers. Flea dismisses himself early on, until he meets Anthony Keidis who teaches him a new philosophy - to celebrate your own freakiness and embrace your individuality.
Flea's life is told as a chaotic jumble of wild incidents, probably because it was. A child and adult suffering from the affects of trauma often lead lives that are disorganised and volatile. Flea's childhood world was full of adults who were reckless and did crazy things without any rational explanation. He is forced to live on the streets, where there just isn't the luxury of thinking things through. His survival instinct pushes him into a constant search to get into some altered state or musical groove, and ultimately it is the music that saves him.
Flea's personal philosophy centres around "the spirits", forces which direct people, speak through their art, provide the unknowable order to things. it's not elaborate, but this is a memoir not a philosophy text. This barebones philosophy sees him through his ordeals and helps put them into some form of universal context.
Perhaps the most revealing incident that Flea talks about in the book is how he and Anthony Keidis would throw themselves off a cliff to jump into water, blindly trusting they will be ok. It's a raw and instinctive approach to the problems of existence, but it has served them well.
From a musical point of view.....his first real exposure to music was through Jazz and his double bass playing and very unstable step dad. So I get perhaps that he was never going to approach ..lets call it "Rock Music" from the usual angle. He also blew trumpet...and again that is a different place to approach the bass from...(although I did dabble with the same instrument before I got to the bass. I was too lazy and unengaged with this to do much)
So most of the rest of the book revolves around his dabbling with narcotics, with some teenage angst and girl crushes. He clearly had a "Non standard" ..Experimental Jazz upbringing, and of course this has a big effect on him, and in a way that is quite sad and very harrowing.
Despite several statements that he wasn't addicted and wasn't an addict.....in my eyes...it seems that he was..ok maybe not to one particular narcotic, and he was quite damning of heroin about heroin, but clearly he couldn't stop taking drugs of some sort.
By the end of the book is the realisation that drugs are very bad and have a long lasting effect on mind and body. I would question the several pages written about how precisely and step by step, (24 steps) you should "Geez" (inject cocaine) if drug taking is bad.
On a musical point...I know there was always a fair old gap between what UK Punk (Rock) was about and US Punk was about. But Flea seemed to have been taken by the Circle Jerks...and that this band was his "Punk Rock Template"..I find this extraordinary ....shoot me down all you US Hardcore fans.....but this was very different from the Punk Rock world I grew up with here in the UK (Circa 1976/77)
Ok so a lot of our musical geniuses were pretty messed up with Narcotics of one sort or another, but forgive me for saying that they probably are not a requirement for developing your talent. I think Flea is an outstanding player, and I will never forget him being hung upside down on the Jonathan Ross TV Chat show and performing Foxy Lady with the RHCP's ..perhaps he was just imagining he was back in the country of his birth!!!
I'm assuming I'm going to get more from Volume II of his story ..as by the end of this....the band had yet to form..
Knock Me Down......
The structure of the book is a lot more segmented. Where most autobiographical works stick with the traditional a-couple-dozen-pages-per-chapter structure, Flea often summarised parts of his life, or memories in one page. As I was with my wife while she was in labour, it made it really easy to come back to.
I do have a couple of criticisms - often Flea goes into tangents (printed in italics) which break away from the context. Sometimes these were just thoughts, but other times it confused me. Is it a poem? Is it a memory? Who knows?
Also, it doesn't seem to end on a note of significance, just half-heartedly around the time of RHCP's formation. He focused on Hillel's death much sooner than I'd imagined, too (in one of his italic sections no less). I can only hope he's writing a follow up to the book as I find the story of the Chili Peppers extremely fascinating.
That said, as far as autobiographies go, this ticks all the boxes. It felt like I knew Flea a lot better after putting it down and appreciated his role in the formation of the band.
I enjoyed most of it but he tends to go off on tangents, like when someone starts boring you with an account of the dream they had last night. Heartbreaking in parts and funny in others. I don't think I'm in a mad rush to buy the next one
Xmas present (last year) for my husband who's a huge fan. Waiting for him to finish so I can read. I'm sure it'll be as amazing as the man himself. 🙃🤪