Flea’s autobiography depicts a childhood full of fun, danger and misadventure

Flea’s autobiography depicts a childhood full of fun, danger and misadventure

Red Hot Chili Peppers didn’t spend too much time reflecting about his band, in his autobiography.

“I thought if I wrote a book about the Chili Peppers, it’d be like cheating,” the bassist tells the BBC.

Instead, the book is a coming of age tale, depicting a chaotic childhood full of fun, danger, misadventure and mayhem. The band that made him a megastar – The Red Hot Chili Peppers – only swerves into view as it reaches its final pages.

For people who know his stage persona – mouth pursed, elbows extended, head thrashing over the bass – the vulnerability of his writing may come as a surprise. But Flea emerges as a tender, big-hearted character. Tossed about by the currents of life, he always keeps his head above the water.

Ahead of the book’s publication, BBC caught up with Flea at his home in LA, to examine some of the key passages. (full read here)