Sunday, February 06, 2011

The Idol Noise In His Head

The latest installment in our ongoing coverage of Books You Just Don’t Want to Know About: HarperCollins will publish Aerosmith frontman Stephen Tyler’s Does The Noise In My Head Bother You? in May of this year.

In all fairness, if you like this sort of thing, Tyler’s story is likely to be a good one and autobiographies from stars of the same stratosphere have done very well. Slash’s 2007 biography, Slash, as well as last year’s Life by Keith Richards. Tyler certainly belongs in the same company and, at least according to Tyler himself, he’s got a fair amount to say. From
“This is not just my take -- this is the unbridled truth, the in-your-face, up-close and prodigious tale of Steven Tyler straight from the horse’s lips,” said Tyler, who was paid a reported $2 million for the rights to the book.
And if you love that sort of thing, you probably already know about last month’s American Idol: The Untold Story (Hyperion) though, as a review in Booklist pointed out, “The subtitle is not entirely accurate. A lot of this story has been told before.” If that’s true, though,a lot of it has been told by author Richard Rushfield who covered American Idol for the Los Angeles Times for three years. Rushfield is also a Vanity Fair contributing editor and a columnist for The Daily Beast.

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