Sex, drugs and rock and roll. Steven Tyler epitomized and lived it all. (He’s clean now.) If you wish to reside inside his head for a while and experience a real stream of consciousness, read his autobiography, Does the Noise Inside My Head Bother You? A Rock ‘N Roll Memoir with David Dalton. Full of Tylerisms, often interesting, and ever-rambling--it reads like whatever’s going on in his head at the time--Does the Noise Inside My Head Bother You? is all over the map, and clearly unedited. Tyler himself admits that if you want a linear read, you’re in the wrong place.
This memoir is a spinning collection of moments of brilliance, intense stories, memories, dreams and rants, spanning every sector of the emotional scale, apparently leaving no stone of his life unturned. There will be no literary awards for this icon, but the book is pure, raw Steven Tyler; the quintessential wild child turned wild man, bold, driven, rude, crude, funny, angry, passionate, exposed, and one of the best at his rock and roll game.
Tyler knew from the beginning that his destiny was fame. His success as the lead singer of the rock band Aerosmith was born from a lifelong passion fuelled and achieved by an intense striving for excellence. However, it did not come without a price. Touring and the destructive lifestyle that often accompanies the genre left him with broken marriages and relationships, including those with his children and band mate Joe Perry.
Tyler’s memoir bares it all, up to his new gig on American Idol: his regrets, and reconciliations, and his journey through Hepatitis C, serious drug and alcohol addictions and finally, recovery.
Curiosity seekers may appreciate the autobiographical details, but may not warm up to the style. However, die hard fans will love the information and personality of the book. All will certainly enjoy the impressive collection of photographs chronicling Steven Tyler’s life.