STEVEN TYLER’S ‘DOES THE NAME IN MY HEAD BOTHER YOU’ AUTOBIOGRAPHY COMING IN OCTOBER:
April 29, 2009
The legendary Grammy Award-winning lead singer of Aerosmith and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee delivers “the unbridled truth, the in-your-face, up-close and prodigious tale of Steven Tyler straight from the horse’s lips” on October 27th.
“I’ve been mythicized, Mick-icized, eulogized and fooligized, I’ve been Cole-Portered and farmer’s-daughtered, I’ve been Led Zepped and 12-stepped. I’m a rhyming fool and so cool that me, Fritz the Cat, and Mohair Sam are the baddest cats that am. I have so many outrageous stories, too many, and I’m gonna tell ’em all. All the unexpurgated, brain-jangling tales of debauchery, sex & drugs, transcendence & chemical dependence you will ever want to hear.”
The son of a classicial pianist straight out of the Bronx of old Archie comics, Steven Tyler was born to be a rock star. Weaned on Cole Porter, Nat King Cole, Mick–and his beloved Janis Joplin–he began tearing up the streets and the stage as a teenager before finally meeting his “mutant twin” and legendary partner Joe Perry. In this addictively readable memoir, told in the playful, poetic voice that is uniquely his own, Tyler unabashedly recounts the meteoric rise, fall, and rise of Aerosmith over the last three decades and riffs on the music that gives it all meaning.
Tyler tells what it’s like to be a living legend and the frontman of one of the world’s most revered and infamous bands–the debauchery, the money, the notoriety, the fights, the motels and hotels, the elevators, limos, buses and jets, the rehab. He reveals the spiritual side that “gets lost behind the stereotype of the Sex Guy, the Drug Guy, the Screamin’ Demon, the Terror of the Tropicana.” And he talks about his epic romantic life and his relationship with his four children. As dazzling, bold, and out-on-the-edge as the man himself, Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? is an all-access backstage pass into this extraordinary showman’s life.
Born Stephen Victor Tallarico on March 26, 1948, in Yonkers, New York, Steven Tyler is the lead singer of Aerosmith and considered one of rock’s greatest showmen.
After moving to Boston in the late 1960s, Tyler met guitarist Joe Perry, bassist Tom Hamilton, guitarist Ray Tabano (later replaced by Brad Whitford) and drummer Joey Kramer to form Aerosmith. The band played its first gig together in 1970, and by 1975, emerged as one of the world’s leading rock groups. But by the end of the decade, Perry and Whitford left the group while Tyler became heavily involved with drugs. Though Tyler kept the band alive by adding new members, his personal problems affected his creative abilities and Aerosmith devolved into a shadow of its former self. By the mid-1980s, Tyler went through rehabilitation. Regrouping with Perry and the other original members of Aerosmith, they made a remarkable comeback and, today, draw droves of fans to their live concerts.
Recently, the famed performer has been plagued by health problems. He successfully underwent throat surgery in 2006, and announced that he had been treated for Hepatitis C, a liver disease. Tyler is the father of four children, Liv, an acclaimed actress, Mia, a fashion model, and Chelsea and Taj Monroe.