Acid for the Children by Flea audiobook

Acid for the Children: A Memoir

By Flea
Foreword by Patti Smith
Read by Flea

Grand Central Publishing 9781455530533


Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • $105.99

    ISBN: 9781549145728

Runtime: 9.07 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Audience: Adult
Language: English



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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.

In Acid for the Children, Flea takes readers on a deeply personal and revealing tour of his formative years, spanning from Australia to the New York City suburbs to, finally, Los Angeles. Through hilarious anecdotes, poetical meditations, and occasional flights of fantasy, Flea deftly chronicles the experiences that forged him as an artist, a musician, and a young man. His dreamy, jazz-inflected prose makes the Los Angeles of the 1970s and 80s come to gritty, glorious life, including the potential for fun, danger, mayhem, or inspiration that lurked around every corner. It is here that young Flea, looking to escape a turbulent home, found family in a community of musicians, artists, and junkies who also lived on the fringe. He spent most of his time partying and committing petty crimes. But it was in music where he found a higher meaning, a place to channel his frustration, loneliness, and love. This left him open to the life-changing moment when he and his best friends, soul brothers, and partners-in-mischief came up with the idea to start their own band, which became the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Acid for the Children is the debut of a stunning new literary voice, whose prose is as witty, entertaining, and wildly unpredictable as the author himself. It's a tenderly evocative coming-of-age story and a raucous love letter to the power of music and creativity from one of the most renowned musicians of our time.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“These are Flea’s words—excitable, jazzy, regretful, disarming, popping, and writhing away in his biological bass zone.” The Atlantic
“Call him disingenuous. Still, you’ll most probably want to hug him before you’re 10 pages in.” Rolling Stone
“A vital, only-in-L.A. account of a wide-open time filtered through an engaging, humbled voice reshaped by his recovery and reconnecting to his spirit through art and music.” Los Angeles Times
“Flea, with his jazz musician’s ear perfectly tuned to find the best rhythms and inflections to draw in the listener, is a knockout narrator…Acid for the Children is poised to rank among the year’s most compelling memoirs.” Paste (audio review)
"The prose frequently mimics [Flea’s] playing: occasionally beautiful, occasionally outrageous, in conversation with a small group of predecessors but unwilling to follow anyone else’s rules. This is what gives Acid for the Children its considerable charm." AV Club
"[An] electric, surprisingly moving memoir…Flea is an enlightened narrator, and this passionate, smart memoir will resonate with readers whether they’re fans of the band or not.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A unique coming-of-age memoir that’s also an ode to books, music, and performing.” Booklist
“A wild ride through the coming-of-age wilderness of the famed rock bassist…Relentlessly honest, untamed, and often revelatory.” Kirkus Reviews



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Author Bio: Flea

Author Bio: Flea

Michael Peter Balzary, better known by his stage name Flea, is an Australian-born American musician and occasional actor. He is best known as the bassist, cofounding member, and one of the composers of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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Available Formats : Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 9.07
Audience: Adult
Language: English