I always enjoy reading autobiographies of musicians. It provides me time to spend with them while listening to a bunch of their records, and lets me immerse myself into their world. Steven Tyler‘s autobiography Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? came out in 2011 after I watched the very first season of American Idol in my life, and it was mainly because of his juror tenure. I got to read the book over my summer vacation in Sicily, Italy, under the hot sun. Classic Aerosmith albums such as Pump, Permanent Vacation, Toys in the Attic, or Nine Lives provided the soundtrack to my reading and created the perfect setting for the experience.
The book recounts Steven Tyler’s life until today. It doesn’t lack weird, funny, sad, or crazy stories and explains certain happenings that were never clear to me. Mr Tyler was never a mysterious person in public and his stint with American Idol fostered his approachability. The book adds to that approachability. Amongst my favourite quotes are:
“Some days you’re the bug, some days you’re the windshield.”
“We believed anything worth doing was worth over-doing.”
“Songwriting is a bitch. And then it has puppies.”
“You’d be surprised how expensive it costs to look this cheap.”
“To love and be loved is all we know and all we need to know.”
Steven Tyler released his autobiography Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? on May 3, 2011. It reached number two on The New York Times Best Seller List in the category “Hardcover Non-fiction” and was accompanied by the new single (It) Feels So Good, released May 10, 2011.