AEROSMITH's JOE PERRY Says His Upcoming Book Is 'An Autobiography In The Real Classic Sense'May 21, 2014
AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry spoke to RollingStone.com about his long-awaited memoir, "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith", which is slated to hit shelves on October 7 via Simon & Schuster. Perry worked with author David Ritz, who has written books with B.B. King, Jerry Wexler and Bettye LaVette.
"It took about a year longer than I thought it would," Perry said. "But it's finally done. We're just finishing up taking the pictures and going through all the little details that go with it."
AEROSMITH singer Steven Tyler's "Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?" autobiography was issued in 2011, while the band's drummer, Joey Kramer, had his own tale, "Hit Hard: A Story Of Hitting Rock Bottom At The Top", published in 2009. AEROSMITH bassist Tom Hamilton is also working on a book.
Perry said: "I've wanted to write one for a while. But Joey put his book out and I wanted to leave some room there and then Steven put his book out. I didn't want to make it seem like mine was an answer to his, so I waited a little longer."
Perry admitted to RollingStone.com that he read Tyler's book, calling it "definitely Steven's truth, no doubt about it." He added: "He's allowed to perceive things how he perceives things. He can write his book any way he wants. But I didn't agree with a lot of the things he said. I know he worked hard on it, but it's got a totally different tenor and energy than my book. Mine tends to be a little more traditional. It's an autobiography in the real classic sense. I just hope Steven accepts the things I say about how I felt and how I saw things happen. I don't put words in other people's mouths or talk about conversations that I wasn't there for."
AEROSMITH's latest album, "Music From Another Dimension!", arrived in November 2012 via Columbia Records. The CD was helmed by producer Jack Douglas, who previously worked with AEROSMITH on classic early albums like "Toys In The Attic" and "Rocks" as well as on 2004's "Honkin' On Bobo".
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