Aerosmith (w. Stephen Davis)
Walk This Way (Book Review)
Released: 1997, Spike Books
Since I reviewed Tyler’s new autobiography, DOES THE NOISE IN MY HEAD BOTHER YOU? this month I decided to pair it up with one of the earlier Rock biographies I ever bought, WALK THIS WAY. Since Aerosmith really isn’t Metal we’ll just have a quick look. First published in 1997, this little paperback clocks in at over 500 pages and has about 80 black and white photos.
Co-written with 70’s rock author extraordinaire, Stephen Davis relies heavily on first hand accounts from the guys in the band and countless old friends, managers, roadies, girlfriends and probably drug-dealers. It’s Davis’ job to pull it all together and he does to a large degree, with each member getting a mostly equal say about various times, places, albums or events although Joey Kramer doesn’t have as much to say as the other guys. Tyler, compared to his new book is positively demure in his writing tone. I’m sure they made him tone it down.
There isn’t too much to say except what self-respecting fan of Hard Rock would not want to read all the details about one of the world’s longest running, most successful bands of all time? Motorcycle accidents, car accidents, guns, drugs, booze, affairs, fights, wives, ex-wives, kids, concerts, parties, drug-dealers, lawyers, managers…. no stone is left unturned. This is one of quintessential autobiographies of rock music. It’s a miracle they survived, despite themselves and the gears of the industry meat-grinder.
This was reissued in 2003 and they printed so many copies I still see it floating around bookstores, and of course on-line, so you should be able to pick it up. Perhaps wait a bit because I’m sure an updated version will be out soon, it has been 10 years since the last version after all.