Steven Tyler, Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?
An undeniably entertaining memoir of the Aerosmith frontman
Say what you will about Steven Tyler, but one thing cannot be denied: he is a man who loves his job. The Aerosmith frontman and erstwhile American Idol judge details his many and varied experiences with sex, drugs and rock n’ roll in this gleeful memoir. Listeners hoping for raunchy tales of groupies, nose candy and boy/men behaving badly will not be disappointed, nor will diehard Aerosmith fans who seek to revisit the glory days of the Toxic Twins, AKA Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry. It’s difficult not to compare Tyler’s book to another recent rock biography, Keith Richards’ Life. Tyler, compared to Richards, is cornier and less academic but more self-congratulatory both in terms of musical achievements and bad-boy exploits. Expect a lot of rhyming spoonerisms and not-safe-for-work anecdotes. Tyler fans may be disappointed that the man himself doesn’t appear until the very end of the audiobook, with Jeremy Davidson growling out his best approximation of a narrator who suffers from Lead Singer Disorder telling his own tale. Like Tyler and his music, Does the Noise in My Head might not be the most substantive material on record, but it’s undeniably entertaining.