Acid For The Children

Acid For The Children

The iconic bassist and co-founder of the Red Hot Chili Peppers tells his fascinating origin story, complete with all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you'd want from an LA street rat turned world famous rock star. Michael Peter Balzary was born in Melbourne, Australia, on October 16, 1962. His more famous stage name, Flea, and his wild ride as the renowned bass player The iconic bassist and co-founder of the Red Hot Chili Peppers tells his fascinating origin story, complete with all ...

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Title:Acid For The Children
Author:Flea
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Genres:Music
ISBN:Acid for the Children
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:390 pages pages

Acid For The Children Reviews

  • Renee
    Nov 15, 2019
    Never have a read a memoir before where the spirit and sheer truism of the author bubbles up to the surface. Did it help that I've been a mega RHCP fan for decades? Probably, but it doesn't take away from the introspective beauty of this novel. Acid for the Children was not written "w...
  • Rebecca
    Dec 12, 2019
    What an amazing human being! ...
  • Jason
    Nov 11, 2019
    Sweet, tender, open. A study in how sadness informs joy and the other way around. A portrait of an artistically restless and deep searcher in the LA of the 1970's and '80s. There's a lot of forgiveness and warmth in these pages?one needn't be a Chili Peppers fan to enjoy. Bonus: ...
  • britt_brooke
    Nov 14, 2019
    Flea refers to this as his origin story. It begins with his parents and ends just before RHCP. Unsurprisingly, he?s a gifted story teller. And this is a must on audio! His narration is fantastic and quirky. Flea is way more than a genital sock donning bass player, he?s a massive re...
  • Jo
    Nov 17, 2019
    Acid for the Children: A Memoir by Flea Flea is the bassist and co-founder of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and this is his origin story. Who knew that Mike Balzary known world wide as Flea, would be such a brilliant writer, he's open, honest and sometimes poetic, he's a deep and thought...
  • Erin
    Nov 17, 2019
    Poetic, hilarious, unexpectedly wholesome at times. I hope he writes more books, in general, as his particular turn of phrase is hard to put down. Brilliant. ...
  • Jim Cabaj
    Oct 12, 2019
    When Flea, puts out a book titled Acid For The Children, it got my attention right away. I really didn't know anything about the entertainer other then I enjoyed the movies he was in and love Red Hot Chilli Pepper music. I was in for treat as I kicked back to read about the young man M...
  • Petergiaquinta
    Jan 05, 2020
    Long after I?m dead, no doubt, someone will erect a statue of Flea in West Hollywood. He?ll be slapping that bass in mid-flight, wild-eyed, legs spread, his pants half-way down his ass, and with such a look of joy on his face that it will become a place of pilgrimage for young and ...
  • Jennifer Walkup
    Nov 12, 2019
    A chaotic and tender journey of vulnerability, this book is beautifully real, honest, and self-depreciating at times. Reading this is akin to seeing Flea on stage - frenetic energy, alive with originality and the pulse of his creativity. He is unabashedly and introspectively himself in...
  • Karen
    Oct 21, 2019
    Found out while reading this inspiring memoir (music, all kinds, jazz) (books, films) that Flea lived for a while in the same town as my grandparents, just a few blocks away and used to goof around at the duck pond, same duck pond that I played around with my family nearly every Sunday...
  • Nick Craske
    Nov 11, 2019
    As open, honest and expressive as his musicianship, Flea evokes the euphoric chaos of discovering music; exploring drugs and growing up fast in LA. Psychedelic, Punk'n'funkadelic. Flea channels Vonnegut and Bukowski, Byron and Eliot in his writing and writes about his youth up to the m...
  • Georgette
    Oct 31, 2019
    Not at all what I expected, which is why it's brilliant. Flea gives you all of his best, and what a funky fresh reveal it is. Seriously enjoyed. ...
  • Ray Palen
    Nov 04, 2019
    When I learned that Flea, the Bassist from one of my favorite bands, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, was putting out a memoir I jumped at the chance to read and review it. I mean, my go-to song at karaoke is their hit 'Otherside'! I looked forward to the wild tales of life on the road with ...
  • Carey
    Nov 15, 2019
    Wow. After reading this book I want to give Flea a hug. A hug that parents should always be giving their children. So much sadness & loneliness that no child should ever feel. Flea was correct in starting he has guardian angels because he had a rough go from the beginning and he sh...
  • Hamish
    Oct 24, 2019
    Obviously five stars. What else could I give? I'll be reading this for the rest of my life. Eye opening and intriguing and meditative and beautiful. I hope he writes a thousand more. ...
  • Beth M.
    Oct 15, 2019
    I have to admit, I knew very little about Flea - bassist for the iconic band Red Hot Chili Peppers - before reading this book. Of course I grew up listening to their music. I remember skating around outside, free as a bird, to the tune of ?Aeroplane.? Driving around in my first car...
  • Jessica Deodene
    Dec 08, 2019
    Man, I love Flea. This book was very poetic and Flea is super insightful. ...
  • Amanda
    Dec 17, 2019
    Five surprising stars! I just finished reading this book (Acid For The Children) when I should have been doing a thousand other things. It turns out Flea is a most unexpectedly engaging writer. Truly eloquent, yet profane. Sharp, intelligent and insightful, while also having done ma...
  • Matthew
    Jan 04, 2020
    4.5 stars. Happy new year, everyone. Not sure about you but I for one am feeling refreshed, despite my uncertainty on what day it is. Thankfully, knowing which day of the week we?re currently experiencing isn?t one of my resolutions; then again, I pretty well stopped making them...
  • Michele Gardiner
    Nov 07, 2019
    I whipped right through this. Michael Balzary (Flea) is a former client in my audio business, so I knew he had a love of esoteric jazz, and that he is a deep, thoughtful man. Here are some of my thoughts about his book: 1) Flea's chapters are short and to the point. It's a forma...
  • Jake
    Nov 14, 2019
    Despite all the petty crime and drug abuse, this is an oddly wholesome rock memoir (Flea is a very positive dude). It's also unlike any rock memoir I've ever read in that it can get very poetic and experimental at times. The almost 400 pages go by quickly, and I feel it ends too so...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Nov 24, 2019
    I am a Chili Peppers fan, and Flea has always been an intriguing person, so when I learned he was writing an autobiography, I definitely wanted to read it! Flea?s life begins differently than you would expect: calm and typical, until his parents split. It?s then that his mom?s n...
  • Kristina
    Nov 20, 2019
    This book is yikes city. Flea waxes poetically about all kinds of vibing with the sound, connecting with the Earth etc since he was a kid, but in a very ?first grader who is enlightened? vocabulary. Isnt this man sixtyish by now? Some of the book I?ve found to be endearing, but m...
  • David Wilson
    Dec 10, 2019
    Not the biggest RHCP fan but this book really touched me. A great and gritty origin story. The audio book is a must!! ...
  • Harry Jahnke
    Dec 01, 2019
    My first reaction to hearing this book existed was, "Wait...Flea Flea? Like, he wrote a memoir?" I was so pleasantly surprised by this. Flea is so incredibly charming and heartfelt and the stories from his life range from funny to brutally raw. If you ever wanted to spend an evening wi...
  • The Nerd Daily
    Oct 22, 2019
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Beth Mowbray Michael Balzary. You probably know him as Flea, bassist and co-founder of the iconic band Red Hot Chili Peppers. Observing him in the public eye, playing intensely energetic rock shows for over three and a half decades,...
  • Seth
    Sep 28, 2019
    [I got an ARC via a goodreads giveaway] This definitely was not what I was expecting from a rock ?n? roll hall of famer. It is an unusually self-aware, non-self serving autobiography. Instead of regaling you with romanticized stories of sex, drugs, and alcohol Flea lets you into ...
  • Ben Leiter
    Nov 06, 2019
    What Is It: Considering he's been naked on magazine covers and played concerts while wearing nothing but a sock on his junk, exposure is not something Flea fears. However, his new memoir Acid for the Children is less about the Red Hot Chili Pepper's bassist getting physically naked (al...
  • Bookreporter.com Biography & Memoir
    Nov 11, 2019
    When I learned that Flea, the bassist for one of my favorite bands, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, was publishing a memoir, I jumped at the chance to read and review it. I mean, my go-to song at karaoke is their hit ?Otherside.? I looked forward to the wild tales of life on the road wi...
  • Derek Hoeksema
    Dec 04, 2019
    It felt like he was holding me down and forcing me to listen to something that he thought was profound. ...