• Tue. Feb 20th, 2024

Joe Perry has had a long and varied career in the rock and roll world. Best known as the guitarist and one of the main songwriters in Aerosmith, he has remained an influence on many a would-be guitarist, and has played for audiences all over the world. Rocks – My Life In and Out of Aerosmith is Perry’s long awaited official biography.

Rocks – My Life In and Out of Aerosmith is Perry’s autobiographical account of everything he has been through, both on and off the stage over the years. The book begins with Perry’s youth and early dreams, discovering music and the guitar, growing into a would-be rock star and joining forces with fellow musicians to make his dreams come true. Throughout the years, he tours the world with Aerosmith, separates from the band briefly for a solo career, and reunites with the group in a return to superstardom, only to find that things in Aerosmith are never ordinary or consistent, with drama and obstacles around every corner.

 

Back cover of Rocks.
Back cover of Rocks.

 

Many of the men from Aerosmith have released autobiographies over the years, but Joe Perry’s is arguably the most impressive of them all (though I admit that, as of this writing, I have not yet read Steven Tyler’s). It is comprehensive and gives no shortage of detail regarding the band, other people in Perry’s life, dramatic events, and is unflinchingly honest throughout it all, even towards himself and those closest to him.

In addition to the stories of Perry’s life, the book also includes some rare photos, past and present, as well as a detailed appendix regarding the equipment and discography that Perry has accumulated and used over the years. This is interesting reading for fans that might be more interested in the technical side of things.

I highly doubt any fan of Perry and/or Aerosmith will be disappointed with Rocks. This is everything a rock and roll biography should be, and it certainly does not disappoint. Highly recommended!

By Taylor Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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