Scar Tissue (book)

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Scar Tissue
Author Anthony Kiedis
Larry Sloman
Country United States
Language English
Genre Memoir
Publisher Hyperion
Publication date
October 6, 2004
Media type Hardcover
Pages 480 (hardcover edition) 465 (paperback edition)
ISBN 1-4013-0101-0
OCLC 56520621
782.42166/092 B 22
LC Class ML420.K44 A3 2004

Scar Tissue is the autobiography of Red Hot Chili Peppers vocalist Anthony Kiedis. It was released in 2004 by Hyperion and authored by Kiedis with Larry Sloman, who compiled information and interviewed various parties associated with the plot line. The book reached a high of #1 The New York Times Best Seller List. An audiobook version, read by actor Rider Strong, was released by Phoenix Audio on June 30, 2006. An E-book version is also available.


The story follows Kiedis from his birth in 1962 to the (then) present day of early 2004. It follows Kiedis into the depth of his experiences with drug addiction. The title name was taken from the single "Scar Tissue" released five years earlier on the Red Hot Chili Peppers album Californication.

According to the book, Kiedis' first drug experience was with his father Blackie Dammett, a former drug dealer, at age eleven. By the time his band formed and became more popular in the 1980s, he and former bandmate Hillel Slovak had severe drug addictions. On Slovak's death from overdose in 1988, Kiedis writes that he was so shaken that he skipped town, missing the funeral. Kiedis had no idea what to do without his friend. His death only made matters worse, and caused him to do more and more hardcore drugs.[1] He attempted to get clean afterwards but relapsed in 1994 after being given medications while getting a tooth pulled. Later on, he reveals that he was not actually clean, as he claimed at the time, during the late-nineties Californication era of the band's existence. He claims his new clean date is December 24, 2000. The book reports very specific dates, such as when Kiedis was conceived.

Television series[edit]

In 2008 it was reported that Kiedis was developing a television series for HBO titled Spider and Son which would loosely based on Anthony's autobiography Scar Tissue. The show was originally scheduled to premiere in late 2010 but was not picked up as a series, despite a pilot script penned by John Sayles.[2] In 2011, the rights to the show were picked up by FX and that Entourage producers, Marc Abrams and Mike Benson will produce the series. The series is expected to follow the first half of Kiedis' book during his pre teen and teenage years and his relationship with his father Blackie Dammett. Dammett's autobiography, Lords of the Sunset Strip, will also be used as a source for the series.[3] Dammett confirmed in 2013 that the production of the series has been "mothballed" however he hoped they could re-visit the project in once the Chili Peppers finished their I'm with You World Tour that same year. As of 2016 there has been no further discussion from Kiedis, Dammett or FX on the series and it is unknown if it will ever get made.[4]


  1. ^ Kiedis, Anthony. Scar Tissue. 1st ed. New York: New York, 2004. 50-52. Print.
  2. ^ Schneider, Michael (2008-11-11). "Kiedis' rock story heading to HBO - Entertainment News, TV News, Media". Variety. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
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