Joe Perry lifts the curtain on Aerosmith’s turbulent history

On the Rocks: In his long-awaited autobiography, Joe Perry lifts the curtain on Aerosmith’s turbulent history.

By Pete Makowski | Photos by Ross Halfin

Joe Perry is normally a shy, humble, laconic, but intense man, who talks only when he has something to say. But on this balmy summer evening, he is in an unusually effusive mood and wants to chat, particularly when the subject of discussion is his new autobiography, Rocks—My Life In and Out of Aerosmith. Continue reading Joe Perry lifts the curtain on Aerosmith’s turbulent history

Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Releases TELL-ALL Biography ‘Rocks,’ Rebuttal To Steven Tyler’s 2012 Memoirs

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry published a rebuttal to longtime collaborator Steven Tyler’s autobiography, “Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?” titled “Rocks, My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith.”

Released on Oct. 5, “Rocks” presents Perry’s version of the band’s history. Perry’s biography follows Tyler’s 2012 tome and drummer Joey Kramer’s 2009 memoir, “Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top.” Continue reading Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Releases TELL-ALL Biography ‘Rocks,’ Rebuttal To Steven Tyler’s 2012 Memoirs

Joe Perry on His New Memoir, His Famous Les Paul, and the Elements of a Great Riff

Joe PerryHard to believe, but nearly a half-century has passed since Joe Perry partnered with Steven Tyler to form the songwriting core of Aerosmith. Forty-four years later, the group has lost none of its edge, as evidenced by its recently wrapped “Let Rock Rule” tour. In a revealing new memoir, ROCKS: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith, Perry chronicles his life story to this point, giving fans an inside look at the ups and downs of carrying the torch for what many consider “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band.” In an exclusive interview, Perry spoke with us about why he wrote the book, his biggest guitar influence, and the elements of a great riff. Continue reading Joe Perry on His New Memoir, His Famous Les Paul, and the Elements of a Great Riff

Rocks: THE WATER AND THE WOODS

Rocks: My Life In and Out of AerosmithIn the essential dream of my childhood I’m in the water or the woods. I’m swimming through an ocean of startling clarity. I’m seeing a thousand varieties of fish; I’m feeling like a fish myself, aware that at any moment a bigger fish might swim my way—a shark or a barracuda. The thought is more exhilarating than frightening. I’m not scared of the possibility of danger. I almost welcome the encounter. I welcome surprise. Nature is nothing but surprise, a world of water whose vastness allows me to disappear into pure beauty. Continue reading Rocks: THE WATER AND THE WOODS

Aerosmith’s Joe Perry on his no-holds-barred memoir

First guitar

Your first guitar was a Silvertone acoustic. I have to imagine that it wasn’t the easiest guitar to learn on – not even taking into account how you learned to play it as a righty.
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Joe Perry of Aerosmith talks about secret McCartney recording session

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, in an appearance on “The Howard Stern Show” Oct. 6 to plug his new book “Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith,” again confirmed he’d been in the studio recording on a secret project with Paul McCartney, Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper, according to a summary of the show on MarksFriggin.com. He said McCartney had requested Perry, who had been recording with Cooper, to join his session. He said the song they worked on, which he didn’t reveal the title of, was written many years ago by McCartney but that he hadn’t performed since. Perry said he was blown away by working with McCartney. Continue reading Joe Perry of Aerosmith talks about secret McCartney recording session

Q&A with Joe Perry on ‘Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith’

More than four decades in the making, Aerosmith co-founder Joe Perry’s new memoir Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith is out today (Oct. 7), chronicling the life of a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who has become synonymous with the bluesy riffs and style of the most successful American group of all time.

Photos from "Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith" by Joe Perry.
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TYLER’S MORE TOXIC THAN EVER – PERRY

Aerosmith’s Joe Perry says his Toxic Twin Steven Tyler is less of a team player than he used to be.

And the guitarist’s biggest regret is that the band let too much control out of their hands in the 1970s.

Asked what he’d say to his younger self, Perry tells Guitar International: “The advice I’d give myself would be to clean up a little bit, and reinforce that the band is really in charge. Continue reading TYLER’S MORE TOXIC THAN EVER – PERRY