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Anthony Kiedis' Memoir Set to Rock HBO

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This sounds good to us!

Variety reports that HBO is working with Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis on a series based on his fascinating, rock-n-roll childhood.

At a young age, Kiedis left Michigan to live in West Hollywood with his celeb drug dealer dad, Spider. Daddy Kiedis mingled with rock stars on the Sunset Strip and was supposedly the drug man for bands like The Who and Led Zeppelin.

The series will focus on Kiedis' relationship with his dad and life in rock-n-roll LA in the 70's.

Spider Kiedis grew up in a 'tyrannical' household and was determined to show his son a totally different type of life. Says Anthony, "He introduced me to the arts, to a more culturally magnificent life. But some of it was this heavy, adult matter that I wasn't quite capable of digesting. … It was a very rich but kind of challenging period of my life. I was thrust into this adult mentality by age 11."

Kiedis plans to be heavily involved in the project and is regularly chatting with his father, who now lives in Portland, to record memories of their life in West Hollywood. "I love mulling over all this raw material. (My father's) into it too," he says. "He sees it as our last great hurrah. For us to be reconnecting to construct these memories — the women and the rock bands and the doormen of these clubs — is exciting."

Kiedis is also considering the possibility of narrating the show and even making cameos from time to time.

We can't wait to see how this all comes together!

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53 comments to “Anthony Kiedis' Memoir Set to Rock HBO”

  1. Fire says – reply to this



    Already read it elsewhere idiot!!!

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    that would be really good, hopefully. I will watch it once to see if it warrants more of my attention.

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    Livin' the American Dream.

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    Snoozefest, says my assistant Sam

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    hell yeah spider got some good shit, that's how i wound up like this!

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    WOW!! That's awesome…I absoluuuutely LOVE Anthony. I've seen RHCP live & I must say that their show was one of the highlights of my life…I was so close to the stage that I could see his rippling muscles and his tattoos…not to mention the sweat glistening on his tanned skin. Hmmmmmmmmmm…. LOL.
    Anyway, I can't wait to see this.

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    Re: Carianne – one of the highlights of your life eh! YOUR LIFE REALLY SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!

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    Ewww - it's so wrong to expose an 11 year-old child to that. Daddy douchebag!

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    I think it sounds great. Can't wait!!

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    Re: Carianne – I've seen them in concert way back when and they put on a hell of a show. LettyB is a moron

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    Re: Carianne – highlight? damn. like lettyb said, your life must suck if that was a highlight!

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    Re: Jodygirl – is that picture of your kid?

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    i've read his book biography "Scar Tissue" and it was AMAZING. he truly has an amazing life and everything he has overcome is very inspiring. he's my hero ;) and very sexy! hahah

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    First of all, old news. Second of all, SPIDER? Since when does his Dad use Spider? I thought it was officially changed to Blackie, which was stupid enough sounding as it is (still listed that way on IMDB). Scar Tissue is an amazing book but he sold a lot of people out to make it, undoubtedly the reason why this show will only encompass the 70's. No chance in hell John, Flea or Chad would agree to their names being used if this was taking place in Pepper's years. Not to mention, the bevy of women who slapped him with lawsuits for the book.

  17. midi says – reply to this


    that would be a great series to watch! keep us updated!

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    Re: misshexum311 – are you one of the peppers? your knowledge of the whole situation is amazing!

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    Anthony is a lyrical genius

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    Chilies rock!! Ants forever

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    Re: Jodygirl – fucktard!

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    He was fucking HAWT in Under the Bridge.

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    Re: Carianne – You must never have had any meaningful relationships in your life, or any meaningful life experiences for that matter. Time to grow up.

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    If you like him - then you must read his book: Scar Tissue!!! I couldn't put it down. Definitely read it before the HBO special comes out…

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    hahaha… spider??? Blackie. That's what he's gone by for years. Definitely should fix that on the story.

    that's great. Anthony had a crazy childhood. There's a lot to tell from smoking weed with his dad at age 11, to his "first time" with a much older woman, to the insane concerts he attended in LA, and even his dabbles in acting. It would be great if they showed a little of the beginning of his friendship with Flea and Hillel. I don't think Flea would have anything against it, and neither I'm sure, would Hillel's family. His brother does his best to keep his memory and his work alive.

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    Has anyone read Scar Tissue??
    It's Anthony's book, which details his whole childhood meticulously. Read it first!

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    not a good idea. the book was awesome. leave it at that.

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    i used to be in love with anthony kiedis…now he is just kinda getting old and crack head-ish…yawnz

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    Re: mollymouse – he was hot with the long flowing hair but now he is just looking like his dad blackie lol and that is not hot…washed up druggie:P he is tallented tho:)

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    note to anthony…multi colored arm stocking and vest with no shirt under it lol and no muscles=totally not hot! hell i would even make fun of my man if he went around in a vest with no shirt under it hahahahah!

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    i would definitely watch it.

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    Re: Juzinha – Good to see I'm not the only one suprised by the Spider thing but Flea HATED the book and refused to read it while they recorded Stadium… to avoid "punching him in the face". Hilel's family hates Anthony. Particulalry his parents who blame a combination of Tony's influence and their bringing him to America for his growing up way too fast. When AK skiped the funeral they took that to mean that he felt too guilty to bury his friend. His brother is an advocate for Hilel having made his own decisions but his family (and more importantly, his estate) overall would NEVER approve the use of his name. And with Flea's daughter old enough to be this show's target market (and a little one I'm sure he'd rather grew up without it) he wouldn't give his seal of approval, either. Doubtful he'd quit the band over it, but he wouldn't let them use his name and likeness.

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    How wonderful to glorify the life of a skeezy drug dealer. I met Anthony when he was 11 at a party selling cocaine for Blackie. Later on, he was a driver for a company I worked for and regularly shot heroin upstairs in the loft. He was about 16. I thought it was extremely sad. He used to read lyrics to everyone to get opinions. We all figured he would not survive to record any of them. Maybe you don't know their first guitarist Hillel lay dead in a skanky Hollywood apartment for 3 days before anyone found him OD'd on heroin? Several other in their circle of roadies & friends got severely addicted to drugs, and destroyed their lives. Flea was in the ambulance with River Phoenix when he died, too.

    There's really nothing glamourous about any of it.

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    My x-boyfriend's Mom helped raise little Anthony while they were living in West Hollywood. I can tell you from pictures from back then, he did have quite the crazy life.

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    Sorry, his book - Scar Tissue - was boring. Sure, there were some parts to chuckle at - some things that made you cringe.. But really I can't see this translating to television well. I love the Pepper and Kiedis, but think this is a total sellout. I think your description of his early life being 'fascinating' is way outta line - reading Scar Tissue I thought it was a very very sad.

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    Re: Lulustre – it's definitely a sad story, but it sells. look at the shows kids are watching now - it's all about sex and drugs. this is a real story that happened to a real dude who's still walking around. you could argue that it's "glamorizing drugs and bad behavior," but the truth is that if they do it right, it could be very successful. I liked the book. I may be biased for being a fan of the band's music, but I thought it was entertaining and written in a very "Anthony-like" manner.

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    i love Anthony!
    thanks perez for the update

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    Re: misshexum311 – If I remember correctly, the primary reason he disliked the book was because Anthony talks about having sex with Flea's sister. But as a whole, I really don't think he 'sold people out.' I don't feel like there was any slant or bias or mean things said about anyone. I'm sure 20 years after the fact, Hillel's parents must understand why Anthony didn't go to the funeral. He was still doing heroin in then, and he was too much of a mess to cope. Cowardly, yes, but he was a junkie. What can you do?

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    Californication Junior

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    I Loveeee anthony kiedis with my lifee!

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    Re: Juzinha

    I am a fan too - but not dumb enough to take his book at its word. It is just one person's opinion and someone who had a serious drug problem for quite some time. Its a wonder he remembers anything… Alot of people were angry at him after it came out, probably for good reason. He almost always managed to paint himself in a positive light though… interestingly. That's why I stopped reading the book before the end - I was almost embarrassed for him at times it was so self-indulgent.

    If he intends to continue his musical career and perform live, my advice would be to pay a bit more attention to that side of things. I first saw them live in '97 and have since seen them four times - the last time being late 2007 and I have say it was a terrible performance. They were never on stage as a complete band for more than 20 minutes at a time and were nothing short of lacklustre.

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    His book Scar Tissue was AWESOME, he had an amazing life. I'll watch it definetly

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    BTW I dont think it was about the glamour of it all peckerwood. U may have met them but anyone who knows drug addicts is affected in that situation. i think it was more of about how you overcome these obsticles when all your cards are against you. More power to him. Let alone he had problems of his own, but he sat and watched his dad all fucked up and his friends dye around him. AND he was batteling his own monsters on top of it! I'd sell my sroty too!!! And he is fucking hot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. Hmmmm says – reply to this


    Can't wait!!!! Much love for AK.

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    Anthony Kiedis is so sexy! I think a TV series would be awesome. I really liked reading his book Scar Tissue.

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    i read his book, Scar Tissue, and it was seriously one of the best books ive ever read. this will be an amazing show if it happens!!

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    Re: misshexum311 – Actually if you read the book a little more clearer Anthony's father also went as Spider. "He was also known as Spider, a nickname he had picked up in the late '60s when he scaled a building to get into the apartment of a girl he was fixated on."

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    DUDE! They should have made it into a class film. Now it's tainted by some crappy tv series. It's such a good book!!!!! I love Anthony and the chilis! Boohoo :(

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    Re: misshexum311

    His Dad used to get called Spider. It was used almost as his drug-dealing name. You mustn't know that much.

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    How weird it'll be to see this…I was aquainted with his dad from seeing him at the Rainbow, but I remember him being called Blackie rather than Spider. I also used to see Anthony and co during the very early days of the Peppers…hell, they played at a birthday bash a friend put together for me at the Cathay De Grande ( it also was Easter…nice way to spend it!), but I don't think any of us knew that Blackie and Anthony were even related much less father and son…the Rainbow crowd and the punk crowd did'nt really mix it up all that much ( I used to bounce between the two quite a bit)…should be interesting to see.

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    I hope they bring it to Australia. Anthony's book is one of my favourite books ever, he has had such an amazing life.

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    love him!