In the 30-plus-years since he co-founded Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flea has gone from a mohawked-punk perpetually rocking a tube sock to “playing” the Super Bowl and voice-acting for Disney cartoons. Along the way, he’s performed with acts like The Mars Volta and Atoms for Peace, done some soundtrack work, and even acted in two of this writer’s favorite movies, Back to the Future Part II and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Now, he’s set to tell his whole sordid life story in a memoir.
As Time reports, the untitled tome will be released via Grand Central Publishing. While there’s no release date set, a press release indicates the book, which Flea is currently writing without a ghostwriter, will cover Flea’s childhood through the latest activity alongside within RHCP.
“Flea will 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; his young, rebellious life on the streets of L.A. where he befriends Anthony Kiedis and founds the Red Hot Chili Peppers with Kiedis and two other high school friends; 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.”
Flea’s memoir will follow frontman Anthony Kiedis’ 2004 autobiography Scar Tissue, which hit #1 on The New York Times Best Seller List and features an audio version as read by Boy Meets Girls’ Rider Strong.
Below, revisit a few of Flea’s career highs: