On September 25th, Flea’s long-awaited memoir will finally hit shelves. “Acid for the Children” will be an unabridged ‘tell-all’ chronicle of the bassist’s life experiences, triumphs, and hardships. The 400-page narrative will provide readers with a first-hand glimpse into the musician’s tumultuous past, including his reoccurring struggles with substance abuse.
Further details have not yet been disclosed, however the publisher confirmed that the book will be “complete with all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you’d expect from an LA street rat turned world-famous rock star.” Rumors have additionally stated that the book was written entirely by the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist without the aid of a ghostwriter.
Born Michael Peter Balzary in 1962, Flea first moved to Los Angeles at the age of 11.
While enrolled at Fairfax High School, Balzary developed his lifelong bond of brotherhood with future RHCP frontman, Anthony Kiedis. Through thick and thin, the pair remained inseparable during adolescence, wreaking havoc throughout the streets of LA. In his memoir, “Scar Tissue,” Kiedis often touched on his complex relationship with Flea and their many epiphanic experiences together. The road was frequently rough, as the two faced harsh realities while navigating their way to becoming one of the biggest bands in music history.
Flea’s energy is a direct result of the intense love affair he holds for his craft.
Those who follow RHCP understand just how deeply music means to the 55 year old. For Flea, making music is far more than just a paycheck; the mere thought of it is often overwhelming enough to bring him to tears during interviews and performances. His sincere level of passion resonates deeply with fans, and will ultimately make “Acid for the Children” an excellent read.
Flea’s upcoming memoir, “Acid for the Children,” is due out September 25th. You can pre-order it here.
Watch the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist talk about his institution, The Silverlake Conservatory of Music, and the importance of funding youth music programs.