Flea, bassist and founding member of Red Hot Chili Peppers, is currently penning a memoir of his early childhood and whirlwind career in the band.
According to Flea’s publisher, Grand Central Publishing, the as-yet-untitled memoir will chronicle, among others, the 51-year-old musician’s early life and his experiences with the internationally famous band.
Flea – born Michael Balzary – moved from a suburban New York upbringing to Los Angeles with his jazz musician stepfather. His life on the west coast took a turn when he founded Red Hot Chili Peppers with Anthony Kiedis and two other high school friends.
Aside from childhood reminiscences, Flea’s memoir will take an inside look at his friendship with Kiedis, his experiences with drugs, and the many incarnations of the seven-time Grammy-winning rock band.
Flea, who is also part of the supergroup Atoms for Peace alongside Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, said of the book deal, “I love literature deeply. I view books as sacred things, and in writing my story, I’m going to do my best to honor the form that has played such a huge part in shaping who I am.”
Red Hot Chili Peppers formed in 1983, achieving their first commercial success with 1991 album Blood Sugar Sex Magik and their biggest with 1999’s Californication. The band performed the halftime show with Bruno Mars at this year’s Super Bowl.
They also announced in February that they’ve started work on an 11th studio album.
A publication date has not been set for Flea's book, which will also get an audio edition. – AFP/RelaxNews