Aerosmith frontman Tyler's immense ego leaps off the discs of his new autobiography, coauthored with veteran Rolling Stone magazine editor/writer Dalton. There is surprisingly little entertainment value or insight in this rambling, narcissistic, X-rated memoir, which jumps from anecdote to anecdote with little regard for a cohesive story. Tyler, who writes in a frustratingly incoherent stream-of-conscious style, seems more interested in insulting his band mates and bragging about his sexual conquests and rampant drug use than in sharing details of Aerosmith's 35 years of ups and downs and his own turbulent personal life. This rock'n'roll survivor tale pales in comparison with that of Keith Richards, whose Life is a richly detailed and well-told account of life in a legendary rock band. This progam includes a brief interview with Tyler. Narrator Jeremy Davidson's dynamic, obnoxious narration fits Tyler's off-putting braggadocio and bawdy humor. Of interest to undiscriminating diehard adult fans interested more in Tyler the gluttonous star than in Tyler the artist. [The Ecco hc, published in May, was a Los Angeles Times and a New York Times best seller; see Major Audio Releases, LJ 4/15/11.-Ed.]-Douglas King, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"Steven Tyler is one of the giants of American music, who's been influential for a whole generation of Rock-n-Roll fans around the world. Long May He Rock!"--Sir Paul McCartney "Steven Tyler is an unalloyed genius"--New York Times "Roll 'em: Tyler's memoir is a wild ride. Explicit and filled with expletives, it reads like an even wilder and louder version of Richards' best-selling "Life." Tyler, 63, settles back and tells story after story about life in the "most decadent, lecherous, sexiest, nastiest band in the land.""--Associated Press "Steven Tyler has a way with words...Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? Is 376 pages of pure, unfiltered Tyler...Noise is compelling stuff...Tyler's at times gripping, often hilarious voice keeps things moving...."--Rolling Stone "Sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll...gets a booster shot of head-spinning authenticity in Steven Tyler's brash memoir Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?...a frank, full, and colorful accounting of the band's tumultuous history."--USA Today "The Aerosmith frontman and American Idol judge delivers a no-holds-barred, ripsnorting (and rail-snorting) memoir that's a crazy excursion into his entertaining mind."--Entertainment Weekly "Tyler's turbulently high-spirited cheer holds it all together."--New York Times Book Review "Strewn thought the book ...are dozens of patented "Tylerisms" that can only come from his well-endowed motor-mouth."--Houston Chronicle "Tyler's memory for detail makes for good reading."--Detroit News "Explicit and filled with expletives, the memoir -- titled Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? -- reads like an even wilder and louder version of Richards' best-selling Life."--The Oregonian (Portland) "One of the book's charms is Tyler's lack of guilt or regret for anything in his life...Music fans will enjoy Tyler's remembrances of the New York scene, dating from clubs like The Scene and Max's Kansas City."--New York Daily News "At turns completely hilarious, surprisingly (perhaps, to some) coherent, poignant and sordid -- a heart-rending read. Once you've started it, putting it down is not an option. It would be easier to ignore Tyler from the front row of an Aerosmith concert."--Buffalo News "[Tyler's] forays into music theory are absorbing snapshots of what goes into making great songs. When Tyler is able to articulate what went into Aerosmith's music, the book becomes fascinating."--Washington Post "Steven Tyler is an unalloyed genius."--New York Times "Explicit and filled with expletives, the memoir--titled Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?--reads like an even wilder and louder version of Richards' best-selling Life."--The Oregonian (Portland) "[A] colorful all-access pass to the rocker's storied past...replete with hilarious Tylerisms, tales of debauchery and detox and Aerosmith's fabled climb to superstardom...as well as warmer memories of relationships with his children, wives and friends...particularly Tyler's toxic tangles with guitarist Joe Perry."--USA Today "[Tyler] offers a colorful glimpse into his head as well as his life.... It's got everything you want from a guilty pleasure: obscenity, revelation, bad behavior and humor. And, oh yeah, a beat you can dance to."--NPR's All Things Considered "Revealing...fascinating."--Entertainment Weekly "[Tyler] delivers the goods...[his] surprisingly insightful and entertaining voice brings the familiar contours of this story alive.... What on the surface seems cliched...manages somehow to rise above that and be a fun ride [and] separates a Rock Star from a merely ordinary pop star."--The Hollywood Reporter