Review: Rocks; My Life in and out of Aerosmith by Joe Perry

Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith - Joe Perry

I received a copy of this eBook from the publisher, via netgalley, in return for an honest review.


I was so looking forward to reading this autobiography, as I'm a fan of rock music and have enjoyed musician's memoirs in the past. 


This book started off well, and I found the first 25% or so really engaging and hard to put down. Perry's experiences in the studio and on the road with Aerosmith, as well as the formation of the band, are entertaining and interesting. The tempestuous relationship between Perry and vocalist Steven Tyler has been well documented in the press, so it's inclusion here is no surprise. Unfortunately, I found myself getting a bit bored with the endless confrontations between the two and a variety of other players. Reading about the music was great, but I feel this was very much overshadowed by so much emphasis placed on the tangled web of personal relationships the members of Aerosmith shared, both within and outside of the band.


I found it quite interesting, but it lost me relatively early on. This took me so long to read, a sure sign that it didn't hold my interest. Disappointing, but sure to appeal to die hard fans. 3/5