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Rock star memoirs: Dudes gone wild

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The Book
Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? by Steven Tyler

Obligatory Drug Story
The Aerosmith wild man and American Idol judge snorted a gram of cocaine during a turbulent flight: ”I was known from then on as the human DustBuster.”

Celebrity Cameo
While touring with Joan Jett, he courted her by appearing buck naked at her hotel-room door and proclaiming ”I hate myself for loving you.” She declined his overtures.

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”Joe [Perry, Aerosmith guitarist] could torment me to death by being so stoned and looking so good. He’d play so loud, even Helen Keller could sing along.”

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Not Dead & Not For Sale by Scott Welland

Obligatory Drug Story
Stone Temple Pilots’ notoriously debauched frontman saw coke-induced demons: ”There was stomping; there were actual forms facing me, the faces of skeletons.”

Celebrity Cameo
On Courtney Love, with whom he says he shared a dealer: ”When she nodded out on dope, she never failed to do so sitting in a chair and spreading her legs wide.”

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His own ”Stoned Brother Pilots” called a press conference ”telling the world that because of their junkie lead singer, the tour can’t go on. It was a vicious move.”

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Red by Sammy Hagar

Obligatory Drug Story
Pre-Van Halen, a teenage Hagar and a friend attended the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival ”stoned out of our minds… I was high on acid for three days.”

Celebrity Cameo
Funk legend Sly Stone once refused to hold a studio door open for Hagar. ”People hold doors open for me, motherf—er,” Stone subsequently explained.

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Eddie Van Halen’s house ”looked like vampires lived there. I had never seen a dirtier place in my life. It was like the house out of that movie Grey Gardens.”

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This is Gonna Hurt by Nikki Sixx

Obligatory Drug Story
Long before his well-documented heroin days, Mötley Crüe’s future bassist ”left Seattle with a warrant for my arrest (for selling drugs at a Rolling Stones concert).”

Celebrity Cameo
He met with then Rhode Island congressman Patrick Kennedy about health-insurance legislation; for unexplained reasons, Sixx brought a straight razor along in his boot.

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Relatively mild: ”[Drummer Tommy Lee’s] boyish charm is my favorite part of him, yet on a bad day that equals temper tantrums and the inability to get the big picture.”

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