Red Hot Chili Peppers - An Oral/Visual History
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The Red Hot Chili Peppers: An Oral/Visual History out this/next week – win one!

The time has come! Depending on when and where you order it, the first official Red Hot Chili Peppers’ biography is out on either 15th or 19th October, which are this Friday and next Tuesday. According to what some little birdies said, the book will be just what the doctor ordered in our little community, as it focuses on John’s role in the band a lot, some people said that it was originally intended to be a plaudit.

The book’s name is The Red Hot Chili Peppers: An Oral/Visual History. If you’re ordering it in USA, the shelf date is 19th October. If you’re ordering it in Europe, the shelf date is slightly earlier, 15th October. If you’re ordering from elsewhere, pick whatever suits your fancy.

Order the book in USA/The Americas
Order the book in Europe/nearby
In both of these cases, there’s a 34% pre-order discount, so hurry up! It might still arrive to you early.

Please, refer to a news story from earlier this year, for a pre-print preview of some pages and photos.

WIN A COPY OF THIS BOOK!
Given how the previous content was about being creative and that resulted in a small number of entries, this one will be relatively simple.

Moderators on Your Forum Is Glued To A Site On Fire and people who already won an award in one of this year’s contents are not allowed to take part this time. Let the others win, too! This time, we’re embracing the wonders of social media to pick the winner.

What do you have to do? PLEASE, READ THE RULES CAREFULLY

  1. Follow this website on Twitter, if you aren’t doing so already. If you’re not a registered Twitter user, go register now.
  2. Comment on this news item and tell everyone what’s your most favourite moment in the band’s career featuring John (otherwise it would not make sense, right?). You can link a picture, audio, video or a quote. Share the love for the times we were lucky to witness, twice. When commenting, make sure you leave your REAL email address, otherwise your entry won’t be counted as there wouldn’t be a way to contact you! Also, provide your Twitter username because of the next step.
  3. Tweet the following, without altering it:
    RT: @JFruscianteSite Win a copy of the official #RHCP bio: http://wp.me/p9Ye2-Sx
  4. Do not submit multiple times because there are ways to tell if you’re cheating. Really.

On the 26th October 01st November, all the valid entries will go in the famous Under The Bridge style hat and the winner will be picked, just like in the DVD contest. Also, conscience-wise: if you pre-ordered the book already, do not apply – give a chance to someone who did not. If you still want to answer the question, just clearly state you’re not participating in the competition. Some people might not be able to afford it otherwise, so please think about them.

And this is not the end! Once the book is out, there will be a contest for those of you who bought it, and the award will be something else – the moral of the story is to embrace our community spirit and quality user-generated content, as that is what brought us to where we are now.

Good luck!

*This time, the contest is not sponsored by anyone, as unpleasant real-life circumstances prevented me from contacting the publisher early enough.

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49 Comments

  • @Apache_Lily

    Never got to see them perform with John, much to my dismay. But one of my favorite clips is this cover of Brandy they perform, because you can see how happy John is and how excited they all seem to be performing, even after so long together as a band and all the things they've been through [youtube EMzA0g28Ue4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMzA0g28Ue4 youtube]

  • David

    My favorite RHCP moment featuring John is the outro of "Give It Away" Live at the Alcatraz in Milan. He completely destroys it. So much passion in his playing. Especially at the end. He actually snaps the trem arm off his '62 strat with a grin on his face and keeps playing! The energy builds and builds through the song and he just explodes with the outtro. Probably the most epic ending to a Chili Peppers show I can think of. [youtube _e_vnD7qMxU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e_vnD7qMxU youtube]

    http://twitter.com/musclecar64

  • cosplusisin

    My favourite memory of John with RHCP is the time I saw them in Edmonton in September of 2006. I had always known John Frusciante was talented, but on this night, his brilliance shone brighter than I could have imagined. This was the night I discovered just how amazing he is. I saw how he just radiates music and soul. If there was one particular point that it happened for me, it was when he did his solo cover of "For Emily.." It was so full of emotion and sparkling beautifully.

    I found a short clip of that exact performance of it on youtube:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCW-2jlljXw

    and a complete version from a different concert:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCmrKgjRb1c&NR

    That night, I was so blown away by John in particular, I went home and bought "The Will to Death" on iTunes. I haven't looked back since then, having bought everything John that I can get my hands on (I later had to re-buy TWTD on CD, because just having it on iTunes wasn't good enough for me).

    Thanks for putting the contest on, it would be cool to have that book!

    My twitter is

    twitter.com/themartingales

    • Iva

      Wow, you read ALL the rules, unlike everyone else so far. 🙂

      Guys, please, remember to add in your Twitter username, unless you used Twitter to authenticate yourselves here. Please.

  • felipemarcarini

    My favorite moment of John in RHCP is on the Psychedelic Sexfunk Live From Heaven show, from 1990. Especially in this song, Good Time Boys, that have a nostalgic feeling and that fit at this year, when RHCP don't have John anymore. Apart from the rarity of seeing John with a Gibson. And his performance is amazing. I think that's the most "John Frusciante style" ever. Playing, dancing, kidding, jumping…It's awesome.

    [youtube KjesJ6lop_o http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjesJ6lop_o youtube]

  • @CrimeSlunkScene

    As a kid I grew up watching/listening to music videos. One of these times I watched Californication not knowing what it was but I knew I liked it a lot, the music video stuck in my head as one of the very few I liked. A few years later Stadium Arcadium came out and I turned into a very big Chili Pepper fan and Froosh (especially Froosh) fan. Here's one of my most favourite moments between all the Chili's, well Flea, John and Anthony. John to me looks mystic, like he has risen up above all and is showing the beauty within the universe.

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  • @CrimeSlunkScene

    As a kid I grew up watching/listening to music videos. One of these times I watched Californication not knowing what it was but I knew I liked it a lot, the music video stuck in my head as one of the very few I liked. A few years later Stadium Arcadium came out and I turned into a very big Chili Pepper fan and Froosh (especially Froosh) fan. Here’s one of my most favourite moments between all the Chili’s, well Flea, John and Anthony. John to me looks mystic, like he has risen up above all and is showing the beauty within the universe.

    [youtube pSpBP00gwnk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSpBP00gwnk youtube]

  • felipemarcarini

    "I think that's the most 'John Frusciante style' ever. Playing, dancing, kidding, jumping…It's awesome." Tha'ts about the entire show, not the music video 🙂

  • @jimakos84

    That's my favourite moment of the Chili Peppers and includes of course John in so many levels. Ignore the first 1:40. In conclusion, it is from the film Funky Monks which pictures the making of the BSSM. It is obviously the ending and I like it for many reasons. John being proud of his work and sentimental about 'going back to real life instead of being a monk', Chad playing piano and the whole band having fun hanging upside down. Enjoy

    [youtube gTUl6cynA4c&p=5C55717F17B71389&playnext=1&index=36 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTUl6cynA4c&p=5C55717F17B71389&playnext=1&index=36 youtube]

  • Fiona

    Mmm probably my favourite live moment with John was in Paris when Josh was there and they messing with each other and pushing each other and as John was going to change a guitar (I think) they were at it again and Josh knocked John over and they were in fits of laughter!

    My favourite live moment would probably be in Glasgow, I didn't have as good a view but I was surrounded by a group of friends who were sharing the experience with me.

    But there are soooooo many good moments, I could go on for quite a while!

  • @musclecar64

    Sorry to double post. Forgot to add twitter username. My favorite RHCP moment featuring John is the outro of "Give It Away" Live at the Alcatraz in Milan. He completely destroys it. So much passion in his playing. Especially at the end. He actually snaps the trem arm off his '62 strat with a grin on his face and keeps playing! The energy builds and builds through the song and he just explodes with the outtro. Probably the most epic ending to a Chili Peppers show I can think of.
    [youtube _e_vnD7qMxU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e_vnD7qMxU youtube]

  • cosplusisin

    Iva,

    I thought I entered this last night, but my comment never showed up… I don't want to be accidentally double-enter, but could you check if my comment got lost somewhere in cyberspace? If it is found, and posted, then you can delete this comment. If it is lost, I can re-enter… please let me know!

  • Allen

    My twitter name is AllenRHCP

    My favourite moment has to be live at Pinkpop when John sings Tiny Dancer. I think the band's enthusiasm towards him on that track was the first time he felt appreciated within the band and the response by the crowd seemed to give him a much needed confidence boost leading to the fascinating live covers he performed since.

  • Matt

    I really like this B-Sides that the chili's have

    <object width="480" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/4Gd4z-nk3W0?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/4Gd4z-nk3W0?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&quot; type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="385"></embed></object>

    It reminds me of how diverse the band is. And even the odd sounds and and style it seems like a John Song. Its amazing how every song they put out even b-sides can be a master piece.

  • donny

    man i just pre-ordered the book yesterday…..fav john thing (all of everything he's done) if i had to pick one it might be the 2 solo's on "i could have lied", but i could have lied

  • ac_cloud

    one of my favourite moments featuring john is californication live at slane castle, there's just something really special about it, on the intro when john and flea are playing face to face you can really feel the love, i absoulutely adore the little bit at 0.26 where it's not perfect and there's a tiny mistake, it just makes it more real and still gives me goosebumps.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0AXjUy1_gY

    twitter user name – ac_cloud

  • Bruna

    My favorite moment would probably be the one Anthony mentioned in his book, when they all talked and he came back to the band. The part where he talks about how they all reunited at Flea's garage and just started being themselves again. It moves me everytime I read it or talk about it. It was like a resurrection for the band, and for John as well (as a musician and a person)

    My recent post brunaxexe- preguiça de lavar o cabelo- ugh VOU DEIXAR PRA AMANHÃ- dane-se x

  • brianlevering

    [youtube dq9FAjFCZ5s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq9FAjFCZ5s youtube]

    This as an amazing rendition of "Under The Bridge"; simple, elegant, intimate and beautiful. Amazing guitar work, great vocals, and the accompanying videos of that day and time with the guys just looks so happy. He was in the midst of one of his high points creatively and this video in particular is a very fun insight into John's guitar playing on "Under The Bridge."

    i'm kind of dumb with twitter so i believe my name on it is just @brianlevering.

    i've posted on the forum as mrfrooshontay but i'm mostly a lurker, frequent visiter though! thanks!

  • Colin Campvell

    Obviously everything about John's performances with RHCP oozed creativity, energy and sheer viruosity. But it's the little moments such as these that really bring it back to the notion that John's just a human being having fun:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDSVzU3Pri8 (0:32)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxaS8zL1Wtw (2:15)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDn7jfzvcv4 (1:27)

    Everytime he smiles and laughs convinces me that John really did love his time with RHCP. In spite of any pitfalls, his time in the band was a major and joyous part of his life.

  • Colin Campbell

    Whoever counts this as a multiple entry is pedantic:

    The name's Colin "Campbell" (V is next to B on keyboard – so sue me) and my twitter username is @darthflea.

  • Levi B

    My favorite memory of John Frusciante, which also happens to be one of my favorite memories of my life so far, is when I saw them live at The Roxy in West Hollywood at the Zune launch show. (Thanks you SO SO SO much to the laist.com – mad respek). I was about 6 feet from John's feet and had an "I <3 Anthony Kiedis" t-shirt on while jumping up and down like a mad man. Admittedly, I was trying to get AK's attention, but being as he was doing his patented eyes closed – or stare off in the distance – singing the whole night, Frusciante was the one that kept looking at me and smirking from time to time. I've always loved Frusciante's passion that he brought to the band and it was on as usual that night (with a freshly shaved head). The Rock gods smiled upon me to enable and east coast guy to randomly win those tix to a private, unannounced show in LA. It was sincerely the most magical night of my life. (…and I got a Chad Smith drum stick at the end. A fairly large girl upstaged me and grabbed Kiedis' handwritten set list before I could grab that. But it's cool – I got the memory forever.)

    Orig LAis post about winning tix (i'm comment 39): http://laist.com/2006/11/08/win_red_hot_chili_pep
    http://laist.com/2006/11/14/the_red_hot_chili_pep
    http://laist.com/2007/11/14/chili_peppers_roxy.ph

    twitter name: @llboyd

  • Iva

    I can see your comment on the backend, but not on the front-end…which is weird. Either way, I noted it down, don't worry. 🙂

  • @theelusiveshaun

    I was lucky enough to see John with the band twice in the span of two years, and so thought I would choose one of his trademark covers from one of the concerts. As much as I loved How Deep Is Your Love at T In The Park, the performance that always stay with me is John's cover of Berlin's Metro from Hampden in Glasgow. The quality of this video isn't the best, but the quality of the performance is unmatched. 🙂
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUtwSGWAZbU

  • @lysquared

    [youtube 7pgBjnbxCBs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pgBjnbxCBs youtube]
    All of the videos I've seen of their concert at Slane Castle is phenomenal. But this song, wow. John exerts SO much energy into it. You can tell he's really feeling the music. I love his dance in the beginning especially, lol. What an amazing band.

  • @TaisiyaYa

    My favourite moment in the band's career featuring John is when he is singing "For Emily". As for me, it is the best performance of this song. John`s voice is soo full of love…. I can`t explain my feelings when I am watching videos.
    For myself I brick by brick had build house called John Frusciante, but I`m beginning to understand that I pave the roadway to myself. I am feeling like puzzle of his music is making one picture with the puzzle of my soul. I know it is strange… But my feelings are not wrong to me. And this all feelings are awaken by only one song and just one man. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gvu5kZPo4pY&fe

    I have got some my paintings of John. I tried to feel Frusciante in art…
    http://s007.radikal.ru/i302/1010/d9/98fc06e4eeff….
    http://s014.radikal.ru/i326/1010/b6/d70dd26868a3….

    "Most real world – it is our imagination, because we will never leave this world. The external world is there as a thing in the world of our imagination, as well as all its components are things for us, and himself the world around us is the thing …"JF

    tajya2005@mail.ru
    TaisiyaYa

  • @cc1903

    My favorite moment with John is a simple one, but gives a large impact IMO.
    It's the Desecration Smile Video. The guys are just outside and enjoying the presence of each other.
    They are true companions.
    These are guys are far more than some successful band. They're a family, who almost seem to read each others mind when making music because it always seems to come out "right".
    The four are the perfect band. As there music grows and matures, they never fail to impress us.
    Regardless of style or meaning.
    We can expect anything with these guys and they never burn out, I don't know another band with equal impact.
    Here is the video.
    Four members of family(band) just as important as each other. Enjoying the moment.[youtube i1gpMEeDCPk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1gpMEeDCPk youtube]

  • @rmpauli

    I have had the fortune to see RHCP with John live 4 times. Once in Rome, and 3 times in London including the Hyde Park gigs. Hard to pick just one great moment as there are so many. So I thought I pick a funny one instead. The clip below is about the making of Dani California and what made me smile the most was from 03:06 to 04:08. John & Chad, a nice double-act.

    My twitter id is: @rmpauli

    [youtube iTCeHRQ5EY0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTCeHRQ5EY0 youtube]

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