Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith is an autobiographic book in regards to famous artist, and lead guitarist of Aerosmith Joe Perry who is ranked the 84th greatest guitar player of all time according to the Rolling Stone Magazine. He wrote this book mainly to show his perspective about the rock band since he personally disagreed with many of the statements made by Aerosmith’s vocalist Steven Tyler in the Tyler’s autobiography which was written on 2011.
Perry’s autobiography which was released on October 2014, goes beyond the story of the band. Perry talks about how we quit high school because having long hair wasn’t allowed by the school authorities at the time. How he met Steven Tyler and decided to form a Rock band among many of the other engaging stories that are written in this book.
The book in itself is very complete. The almost 500 pages start unexpectedly from Joe Perry’s gestational period in his mother’s womb including his introduction to sound during that stage of his life. Then he goes on to details about his birth, the beginning and sudden success of Aerosmith, the break up and his solo project to then go telling their subsequent rock band reunions which he calls their rise and fall and rise again. Finally, it ends up with his latest years and the hard things he had to endure in afterwards. The book has had a broad acceptance among critics and readings alike and it is highly likely that it will make it to one of the most acclaimed rock autobiographic titles due to its classic biographic style with engaging and complete content.
Aerosmith first came into existence in 1970 and although there has been a few breakups, they are still together to this day. It took more than 15 years for Aerosmith to make their first real and huge leap of fame after working together in the “Walk this way Talk this way” song with Run DMC on 1986. Afterwards, Aerosmith has composed and played classic songs such as Dream On, I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing, Janie’s Got a Gun, Sweet Emotion, etc. Unlike most bands, Aerosmith has resisted the test of time even in the face of strong differences between Joe Perry and Steven Tyler who has declared that he suffers from the Lead Singer Disease. Joe Perry is an interesting individual whose persistence has paid off and as an interesting life fact, he has stayed married with his wife for the last 32 years which is not the normal behavior displayed by rock artists, particularly those of his height. The whole of the life of iconic rock legend, Joe Perry, is detailed by himself in an stylishly crafted manner in Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith.
Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith was co-written by David Ritz, an American author who has been the only one to win the Gleason Music Book Award four times and has co-authored other autobiographies of famous musicians such as Ray Charles and Rick James among others.