“I’ve been mythicized, Mick-icized, eulogized and fooligized, I’ve been Cole-Portered and farmer’s-daughtered, I’ve been Led Zepped and 12-stepped. I’m a rhyming fool and so cool that me, Fritz the Cat, and Mohair Sam are the baddest cats that am. I have so many outrageous stories, too many, and I’m gonna tell ’em all. All the unexpurgated, brain-jangling tales of debauchery, sex & drugs, transcendence & chemical dependence you will ever want to hear.” Steven Tyler
The son of a classical pianist straight out of the Bronx of old Archie comics, Steven Tyler was born to be a rock star. Weaned on Cole Porter, Nat King Cole, Mick—and his beloved Janis Joplin—Tyler began tearing up the streets and the stage as a teenager before finally meeting his “mutant twin” and legendary partner Joe Perry.
In this addictively readable memoir, told in the playful, poetic voice that is uniquely his own, Tyler unabashedly recounts the meteoric rise, fall, and rise of Aerosmith over the last three decades and riffs on the music that gives it all meaning.
Tyler tells what it’s like to be a living legend and the frontman of one of the world’s most revered and infamous bands—the debauchery, the money, the notoriety, the fights, the motels and hotels, the elevators, limos, buses and jets, the rehab. He reveals the spiritual side that “gets lost behind the stereotype of the Sex Guy, the Drug Guy, the Demon of Screamin’, the Terror of the Tropicana.” And he talks about his epic romantic life and his relationship with his four children.
As dazzling, bold, and out-on-the-edge as the man himself, Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? is an all-access backstage pass into this extraordinary showman’s life.
“It’s not my take, it’s what is,” Tyler says of Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?, written to set the record straight and serve as a cautionary tale to young bands. It’s also an act of revenge against managers, label executives and colleagues who betrayed him.
“There were things I couldn’t do to get back at people, so I wrote a book,” he says. Read full interview…
Born Steven Victor Tallarico on March 26, 1948, in Yonkers, New York, Steven Tyler is the iconic songwriter, composer, and voice of Aerosmith – America’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band – and is considered one of rock’s most recognizable and dynamic frontmen. Rolling Stone magazine has cited him as one of the greatest singers of all time.
After coming together in Sunapee, New Hampshire, in the late sixties, five musicians made the decision to move to Boston, live together, and become the band we know today as Aerosmith: Tyler as frontman, guitarist Joe Perry, bassist Tom Hamilton, guitarist Ray Tabano, later replaced by Brad Whitford, and drummer Joey Kramer. The band has sold more than 100 million records across the globe and won numerous prestigious awards multiple Grammys, American Music awards, Billboard awards, and MTV awards and was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
Aerosmith has infiltrated rock history with their memorable appearances in Wayne’s World and The Simpsons, at the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXV in 2001, and in their own Aerosmith version of Guitar Hero. Their number one single, “Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” was nominated for an Academy Award for best song for the movie Armageddon.
In December 2010, Tyler performed for President Obama and the First Lady in a special tribute to Sir Paul McCartney at the Kennedy Center Honors. In January 2011, Tyler joined Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson, and host Ryan Seacrest as a judge on the Fox TV phenomenon American Idol.
Tyler is not among the swaggering, hedonistic autobiographers who claim no regrets. He especially laments his wild ride’s collateral damage.
“Looking back, I would have taken getting high out of the equation,” he says. “I would have spent time with Liv. I would have been faithful to my wife. I’m an alpha. I jump into things without thinking.”
Yet he makes no apologies for his stunted adolescence. Read full interview…
“I’m glad I haven’t grown up,” he says. “I never want to. I get glimpses of adulthood in my sobriety, and I hate it.”
From Billboard: Steven Tyler Q&A: On Making ‘Noise in My Head,’ Aerosmith & ‘Idol,’ Johnny Depp & More
About the Contributor
John Purcell (aka Natasha Walker) is the author of The Secret Lives of Emma trilogy published by Random House Australia. The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings reached the top ten on the Australian fiction charts and Natasha/John was the tenth highest selling Australian novelist and third highest selling Australian debut author in 2012. The trilogy has since sold over 50,000 copies in print and ebook and has been translated into French, Korean and Polish. John has worked in the book industry for over twenty-five years. While still in his twenties he opened John’s Bookshop, a second-hand bookshop in Mosman in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Now he is the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au.