In the tradition of the megabestseller Life by Keith Richards, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry opens up for the first time about the wild inside story of his life in the legendary band he cofounded in 1970 - which is still going strong today.
In Rocks, Joe Perry exposes his unrepentant, unbridled life as the lead guitarist of Aerosmith. He delves deep into his volatile, profound, and enduring relationship with singer Steve Tyler and reveals the real people behind the larger-than-life rock gods onstage. The nearly five-decade saga of Aerosmith is epic, at once a study in brotherhood and solitude that plays out on the killing fields of rock and roll.
With record-making hits and colossal album sales, Aerosmith has earned their place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But theirs is ultimately a story of endurance, and it starts almost half a century ago, with young Perry, the rebel whose loving parents wanted him to assimilate but who quit school because he didn't want to cut his hair. He met Tyler in a restaurant in New Hampshire and swayed him from pop music to rock and roll, and it didn't take long for the "Toxic Twins" to skyrocket into a world of fame and utter excess.
From the megasuccessful song and music video with Run DMC, "Walk This Way", to the realization that he couldn’t pay his room service bill, Perry takes a personal look into the human stories behind Aerosmith, the people who enabled them, the ones who controlled them, and the ones who changed them. In his own words, Rocks is the whole story: "the loner’s story, the band’s story, the recovery story, the cult story, the love story, the success story, the failure story, the rebirth story, the redestruction story, the postdestructive rebirth story".
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Discover Your Passion and Love With A Full Heart
This book is so much more than a "Rock 'N Roll" memoir - it is a story of Joe Perry's passion and his deep, intense love for those closest to him. It is about the music - the creativity, the performance, the passion, the drive. It's about the love - the love he has for his family, for his wife, for his children, for his bandmates.
I think I enjoyed the audio version of this book much more because of hearing Joe's inflection and emotion when he read the book. That inflection and deeper meaning derived from it really brought the book to life and allowed me, the listener, an "inside look".
There were 2 moments in the book that were very moving for me - I was almost in tears when I listened to Joe describe his father's battles with cancer, his death, and the deep love and respect he had for his father. The second moment was really a series of moments throughout the book as he described his deep and abiding love for his wife, Billie, and his children. I could viscerally "feel" the intense love and deep respect he has for them and how he nurtures and protects his relationships with them.
I recommend this book for anyone who truly wants to understand what it means to follow your passion completely and unapologetically and with deep passion and drive.
- Royce Phillips