Books John was featured or mentioned in – on his own and as a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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Books where John was featured on his own, not related to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Feeding Back - Conversation with Alternative Guitarists, by David Todd

David Todd – Feeding Back

A refreshing book featuring something more than the usual guitarist stereotype – in-depth interviews with 26 guitarists who are not playing by rules, rather creating their own, ” taken together they capture a guitar tradition that runs counter to the mainstream pantheon”

Guy Oseary – On the Record

Guy Oseary interviewed over 150 artists, songwriters, directors and publishers on their favourite records, success tips et cetera. John’s interview is one of the longest and best ones in the book. Anthony Kiedis is also featured.

Jim McMullan – Musicians as Artists

Jim McMullan and Dick Gautier’s follow-up to the successful Actors as Artists book. John is one of the featured artists, with three paintings; one of which was a collaboration between him and then-toddler Clara Balzary; whom he also listed as his favourite artist.

RHCP Books

Officially released Red Hot Chili Peppers books – with memories and rare photographs.

Red Hot Chili Peppers - An Oral/Visual History

Red Hot Chili Peppers: An Oral/Visual History

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ official biography written by Brendan Mullen, who passed away before he got to finish it. It chronicles everything upon mid-2009 and contains a lot of never-before-seen photographs.

Me and My Friends

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Me and My Friends

Tony Wooliscroft looks back on 20 years of photographing the Red Hot Chili Peppers, with foreword by Chad Smith. There are some anecdotes from various concerts and recording sessions, too.

Anthony Kiedis – Scar Tissue

Anthony Kiedis’ tell-all biography, co-written by Larry Mullen, mostly concerning women and drug-related escapades…however, it features a lot of interesting things related to the Red Hot Chili Peppers as well and a dozen or so of John-related anecdotes.

Other Books

These do not fit into the other two categories, but they still contain a lot of John-related snippets/anecdotes.

Bob Forrest – Running with Monsters: A Memoir

Bob Forrest’s memoir, focusing on the LA indie life of his youth, with a lot of mentions of other artists, including John.

Rick Rubin: In The Studio

Rick Rubin: In The Studio

Jake Brown’s book, chronicling record producer Rick Rubin’s meteoric rise in the music industry. The focus is on Red Hot Chili Peppers’ albums.

Whores: An Oral Biography of Perry Farrell and Jane's Addiction

Whores: An Oral Biography Of Perry Farrell And Jane’s Addiction

Late Brendan Mullen wrote a biography of Jane’s Addiction and Perry Farrell. John appears throughout it and this is probably the clearest depiction of his drug-addled days in the 1990s.

What books count here? So far, only those where John receives a lot of mentions or is featured, solo or with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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