Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea to release autobiography

New book to tell story of musician from childhood to rock super stardom

Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea to release autobiography

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Red Hot Chili Peppers' bass player Flea is writing his memoir.

The musician, who has also formed bands with Damon Albarn of Blur and Radiohead's Thom Yorke in recent years, is reported to be writing the biography after signing a deal with Grand Central Publishing. There is no release date for the book as yet but it will follow Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis' own tome Scar Tissue, released in 2004.

A press release published by Time states that the book will see, "Flea share stories from his intense and dynamic life, including: his move from a 'normal' upbringing in the suburbs of New York to Los Angeles to live a bohemian life with a jazz musician step-father," as well as "his young, rebellious life on the streets of LA".

The book will run up to present day and promises, "details about his sometimes complex friendship and collaboration with Kiedis; his myriad experiences with hard drugs; and, of course, the tumultuous creative journey of the legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers through its various incarnations over the last 30 years."

Earlier this year Red Hot Chili Peppers were the cause of 53 complaints after they performed topless during the Super Bowl half-time show. The complaints were made to the Federal Communications Commission, the body which regulates television and radio broadcasts in the United States. One of the complaints referenced Janet Jackson's controversial Super Bowl performance of 2004, during which one of her nipples was exposed.

Following their performance with Bruno Mars at the American Football event, the band also had to confirm that their instruments were not plugged in during the half-time show at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium.

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