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Review: Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?

June 21, 2011

Steven Victor Tallarico was born in Yonkers, New York in 1948.  He spent his summers in Sunapee, New Hampshire and those summers were magical.  In the late sixties, he and four musicians formed the group Aerosmith and moved to Boston, sharing a house.   Since they didn’t want to be a “house band,” they played just about any venue they could schedule, including high schools.  Steven’s mother was encouraging and somewhat permissive, so his drug problems started well before the band became a success.

Through the years, of course, the band became a huge success, selling over 100 million records, and Tallarico changed his name to Tyler.  The band has had its ups and downs and has reinvented itself more than once.

I have to admit that I’m not a big Aerosmith fan, but I do love memoirs, so I was thrilled to get the opportunity to listen to Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? by Steven Tyler.  Boy, what a memoir it is!  Tyler was very frank and open in this memoir and didn’t always portray himself as the greatest guy.  When he was talking about the women he has known in his life he was often quite crude, and I couldn’t help but wonder how he would feel if someone spoke about his daughters that way.

Subtitled A Rock ‘n’ Roll Memoir, this book is more about Tyler’s life with Aerosmith than about his personal life.  He does mention a few things about his personal life, but there are no major revelations.   I did learn a little bit about the song writing process and I discovered that being in a rock band is much harder physically than I ever imagined.  Tyler has had quite a few injuries and still suffers from some of them.

I found this book to be entertaining, but I must warn readers that it is full of foul language and sexual content.  This is definitely not a book for the whole family!  The audio book is narrated by Jeremy Davidson and I thought his voice was a perfect fit.  Steven Tyler himself talks for a while at the end of the last CD and his voice didn’t feel right to me after listening to Davidson for so long.  The unabridged audio book is on 13 CDs and lasts approximately 15 hours.

Review copy provided by Harper Collins.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
35 Comments leave one →
  1. June 21, 2011 6:15 am

    I am a fan of Aerosmith as a band, but not Steven Tyler so much. I am glad to hear that Tyler is honest in his memoir and doesn’t portray himself as being perfect. I am really curious about the book.

  2. June 21, 2011 6:27 am

    I find it interesting that you would read a memoir and not necessarily be a big fan Aerosmith or Steven Tyler. Great post!

  3. June 21, 2011 7:08 am

    I was curious about this memoir but not sure it was one I’d want to read. I think maybe I’ll just see Steven Tyler as a judge on Idol and keep it at that 🙂

  4. June 21, 2011 7:16 am

    Definitely not the book for me, but I am glad you found it entertaining.

  5. June 21, 2011 7:43 am

    And I find memoirs boring 😉 But I am glad you liked it

  6. June 21, 2011 7:59 am

    I kinda grew up on Aerosmith, thanks to my mom, who got me to listen to him everyday before school! But i’ve never been their big fan. My brother loves the band though. I never knew of any of Tyler’s personal history. I’m glad this memoir was informative, my brother will be interested.

  7. June 21, 2011 8:55 am

    I have to give you credit for reading a memoir when you don’t really care for the person or the band it’s centered on. I like a couple Aerosmith songs, but I definitely don’t care enough about Steven Tyler to read this book. Thanks for the review, though.

  8. June 21, 2011 9:01 am

    Such a good point about the daughters. And some guys never get the connection that those girls they are with are somebody else’s daughters!

  9. June 21, 2011 9:32 am

    Oddly enough, I liked Aerosmith and Steven Tyler. That was before Dave decided he wanted to watch American Idol last winter. I can’t stand the show, and Tyler made it absolutely unbearable for me. I know, I need to stop being so wishy-washy about my opinions. 😀 You won’t be surprised to hear that I won’t be reading his book.

  10. June 21, 2011 9:36 am

    Well, I’d expect nothing else than sex and foul language from a Steven Tyler memoir, haha! It’s interesting how he has managed to stay relevant all this time — especially with his current stint on “American Idol.” Sounds like an interesting read/listen!

  11. June 21, 2011 9:48 am

    I like Steven Tyler a lot, and might listen to this one at some point. I tend to shy away from memoirs and even novels about the entertainment industry, though. Not sure why that is, but I even find it’s having an effect on my reading of Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad.

  12. June 21, 2011 9:55 am

    I have liked Areosmith and Tyler for a long time, so I was excited to see that he had a book out. I fhad fully expected that it would be crude and rude at times, coming from Tyler, but it also sounds like there is a lot of interest in there as well. I am glad that you enjoyed it and now that I have read your review I am going to have to think about picking this one up!

  13. June 21, 2011 10:01 am

    I love music, but don’t necessarily like musicians and their lifestyles. Any time I see Liv Tyler in the presence of her father, I cringe a little for her. I do love the title of this book, though. It makes me pause every time I see it, but even though I’m intrigued, I think I’ll have to skip this one.

  14. June 21, 2011 10:09 am

    I was never a aerosmith fan or a fan of Steven Tyler ,but his memoir sounds intriguing.

  15. June 21, 2011 10:20 am

    I’m halfway through listening to this one right now. I’m enjoying the parts about the band and the music business but the language and sexual content is a bit much. I’m still trying to decide if it enhances or detracts from the memoir.

  16. June 21, 2011 10:42 am

    I’ll probably give this one a pass though there is something fascinating about these hard rockers hitting their golden years and still trying to hold on to the life style.

  17. June 21, 2011 11:05 am

    As a huge fan of Aerosmith, I would probably really enjoy his memoir. I was hoping he narrated the audio version as I’m very accustomed to his voice and it would be weird hearing someone else speak his words. I don’t read a lot of memoirs, but I would pick this one up in book form. He’s known for his outspoken, unedited language, so that wouldn’t surprise me at all. thanks for sharing your thoughts – I hope to read this one soon.

  18. June 21, 2011 11:31 am

    I’m a Stephen Tyler and Aerosmith fan. Loved him on American Idol. This is a book I’d love to read!
    Book Dilettante

  19. stacybuckeye permalink
    June 21, 2011 11:31 am

    I do like Aerosmith’s music, but am not too interested in his memoir. He is very talented though.

  20. June 21, 2011 12:18 pm

    I could tell from seeing Stephen Tyler on American Idol that he was one of the Rock and Roll Bad Boys. But he was somewhat interesting too. I don’t know if I want to spend 15 hours with him though. Maybe the abridged version.

  21. June 21, 2011 2:16 pm

    I am not sure I could read this. I would need the beep that they have on American Idol. I know he has a mouth on him. I wonder what he would feel like if someone talked about his daughter the way he talks about women. You brought up a great point there!

  22. Beth Hoffman permalink
    June 21, 2011 3:15 pm

    I’ll pass on this for sure. But my hat is off to you for reading it!

  23. June 21, 2011 3:22 pm

    Yikes!!! I will just enjoy your thoughts on this and watch him on American Idol…

  24. June 21, 2011 3:55 pm

    Kathy, I am in awe of you–you read and listen to so many books! Tyler’s memoir sounds entertaining. I’ve yet to see him as a judge on American Idol, but I’d like to tune into the show at least once.

  25. June 21, 2011 4:27 pm

    This is truly one of the most jaw dropping books I’ve ever listened to! But it’s also really funny….

  26. June 21, 2011 6:49 pm

    I adore memoirs and this one has a great title!

  27. June 21, 2011 7:39 pm

    I am not a fan either, but if he is honest…wow, this must be some book!

  28. June 21, 2011 9:07 pm

    This is one rock and roll memoir I would love to read! Thanks for the review…surprising that Tyler didn’t read the audio.

  29. June 22, 2011 8:15 pm

    I’ve never been that into Aerosmith either, but I have seen them in concert (they came to our county fair a few years ago). The man certainly has charisma on stage…it was a fun show to see.

  30. June 22, 2011 8:19 pm

    It cracked me up that the actual guy talking didn’t sound right after listening to the narrator! Not sure this is for me but I’m sure he has some wild stories.

  31. June 22, 2011 8:54 pm

    I can’t wait to read this book, as Steven Tyler is my idol (and Joe Perry). And Aerosmith is my favorite band. I’ve been a fan since the mid 70s when I was about 8 or 9 years old. My best friend’s older sister had the Toys in the Attic album. I heard it once and I was hooked. I bought my first Aerosmith album when I was in 6th grade, Night in the Ruts, and my love for the band just grew over the years. I’ve seen them in concert 7 times and, lucky me, once front row. The piece de resistance of my fandom is a tattoo of the Aerosmith wings logo on my right (outer) ankle which I got when I was 22 years old. So, yes, big fan! The foul language, sex, and drugs wouldn’t really surprise me. The band has always been frank about their past and we all know what can go on with rock bands. By no means do I idolize Tyler for his treatment of women, but as an artist, he is a true genius who has written brilliant songs and can play most every instrument. He may be rough around the edges, but I’ve felt this about him for years and it was confirmed this year with his stint as a judge on American Idol…he’s a genuine person who is not afraid to speak his mind. And he has a kindness about him, which especially comes out when he talks about or interacts with his daughters Liv and Mia (two talented girls in their own right). Thanks for sharing this review and for being objective in your views.

  32. June 23, 2011 9:00 am

    I’m a big fan of Aerosmith “from way back” 🙂 I don’t usually read celebrity type memoirs, but this one does appeal to me (I’m curious about your caution about language/content and Julie’s comment that it’s funny … interesting combination!)

  33. June 23, 2011 6:09 pm

    I’m not an Aerosmith fan so I’ll skip this one.

  34. June 23, 2011 6:31 pm

    I’m not a fan either and I think he’s strange…I had a belly full of him with American Idol this year. He could’ve referred to the women in another fashion and anyway what does that make him???

  35. June 26, 2011 6:57 am

    I can’t believe how he’s still rockin’ after all these years. Now he’s found a second windfall with American Idol. Interesting how he changed his name… I sometimes wonder why people do that. He will forever be rockin’ like the ultimate Mick Jagger.

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