Red Hot Chili PeppersFlea Sets Publication Date For Memoir

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has set a title and publication date for his long-awaited memoir, which he first announced in 2014. Titled Acid For the Children, the book is set to arrive on shelves September 25th. The book is described by Grand Central Publishing as focusing on Flea’s “fascinating life story, complete with all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you’d expect from an L.A. street rat turned world-famous rock star.”

The book will detail aspects of Flea’s life and career such as his move from a “normal” upbringing in the suburbs of New York to a bohemian life with a jazz musician stepfather in Los Angeles, his young, rebellious life on the streets of L.A., the beginning and evolution of his complex friendship and collaboration with Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis, his experiences with hard drugs, and the formation and creative journey of the Chili Peppers themselves.

  • Flea told us a while back that when the band first got together in the early ’80s, their chemistry could not be denied: [“You know, when the band first started, it was this wild energy that we couldn’t control. It was just like bursting through us, you know. We couldn’t even control it, it was like it just had to happen. It was like there wasn’t any choice in the matter. We just had to do it, and it just gave birth to this thing that has lasted all this time.”] SOUNDCUE (:16 OC: . . . all this time.)
  • Flea said about his memoir four years ago, “I love literature deeply. 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.”
  • Kiedis published his own autobiography, titled Scar Tissue, back in 2004.
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers spent much of 2017 touring in support of their 11th studio album, 2016’s The Getaway, and are currently taking some time off.