There have been talks about an official Red Hot Chili Peppers’ biography written by all the band members for quite a long time (as far as news go, Flea did mention it as some point in 2008 or 2009…hope someone has a link for this non-follower so as to have it included in this post?) and it’s finally known what’s its name and when it will be published. It’s going to be their first authorised biography, it will contain over 200 photos that were supposedly never seen before and details on the band members’ lives outside the band. Thankfully, there will be a lot about their inspiration and recording process as well.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers: An Oral/Visual History is set to be published on 26th October 2010 by Harper-Collins and here’s how the publishers describe it:
For the first time ever, Red Hot Chili Peppers will reveal both their personal stories and the history of band, giving readers a glimpse of: what inspires them creatively, how they came together, the recording process, and never-before-revealed details of their lives outside the band.
It is already possible to pre-order the book and get 33% off, which is pretty good as it appears to be a pricey one otherwise.
Click the thumbnail for this news item to see a photo of John from the wrap-around jacket and there’s also two photos and some excerpts from the book written by John and Flea on the image below (once you save it to your computer, its dimensions will be much larger than in the preview).
Here’s John’s quite on quitting the band for the first time in May 1992:
I was 18 when I joined the band. I was totally off balance. When I quit I was 22 and I just thought everything’s over. I needed time to do absolutely nothing – time to have no responsibilities other than to experience life. The resentment I built up against Anthony is real personal stuff. Honestly, I think in his soul he really wanted me to be exactly what I am, but he has certain needs from people that even he has no explanations for.
Feel free to read read even more about the book On Harper-Collins’ website, but it’s pretty manipulatively written, in that “buy me, buy me, buy meeeee” way, so you’ve been warned.
Many thanks to RHCP Universe for the news.
You might also want to check out the following RHCP books:
Martin Roach – Inside The Veins Of The Velvet Groove
Jeff Apter – Fornication
Anthony Kiedis with Larry Sloman – Scar Tissue
Rob Fitzpatrick – Red Hot Chilii Peppers: Give It Away: The Stories Behind Every Song