It was way back in 2014 when Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea, hinted at plans to write his memoirs. Well, that is now a reality and it has been confirmed that his book, Acid for the Children, will finally be published, and available via publishers Grand Central, on September 25th.
In the 400-page book, Flea gives us a real insight into his life story. An insane adventure of an LA street kid who became one of our generations most recognizable rockstars, and as you can imagine, the incredible highs and lows.
When it was first reported that Flea was working on the book the press release said that the memoir would explore his “move from a ‘normal’ upbringing in the suburbs of New York to Los Angeles to live a bohemian life with a jazz musician step-father; his young, rebellious life on the streets of L.A. where he befriends Anthony Kiedis and founds the Red Hot Chili Peppers with Kiedis and two other high school friends; details about his sometimes complex friendship and collaboration with Kiedis; his myriad experiences with hard drugs; and, of course, the tumultuous creative journey of the legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers through its various incarnations over the last 30 years, according to Flea.”
It really is a huge turn around, from street kid to one of the biggest stars around, nd Flea is the first to acknowledge this. He said of music: . “When I was a kid, I was heading for trouble,” he said. “I was running around in the street, I was robbing, I was breaking into houses, I was doing drugs. I was cutting class and smoking weed. The one thing that kept me together and kept me straight was music. The only reason I even went to school was because I liked playing in the band.”
One of the hardest working bands in rock, the band has basically been on tour non-stop since 2016. That being said, the band doesn’t look like it’s about to hang up their boots anytime yet. Flea and drummer Chad Smith were reported to have had the following conversation in 2017: Flea asked Smith: ‘How much longer do you think we should… How do you think we should end this?’ Smith responded: “I don’t know!’ I want to make records, I still love making records, but the touring part … I don’t know if we can continue. We all have families and different things, your priorities shift a little bit.”
Well to us, that doesn’t sound like the band has any plans for retirement anytime soon.