Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea penning memoir

Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea performs on stage at the Cigale venue in Paris on April 20,...

Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea performs on stage at the Cigale venue in Paris on April 20, 2006. (AFP/JACQUES DEMARTHON)

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Flea, bassist and founding member of Red Hot Chili Peppers, is readying a memoir, Grand Central Publishing has announced.

A publication date has not been set for the book, which will also get an audio edition.

In the self-written memoir, Flea's publisher says the 51-year-old -- born Michael Balzary -- will discuss his move from a suburban New York upbringing to Los Angeles with his jazz musician step-father, the founding of Red Hot Chili Peppers with Anthony Kiedis and two other high school friends, an inside look at his friendship with Kiedis, his experiences with drugs, and the many incarnations of the seven-time Grammy-winning rock band.

Flea, who is also part of the supergroup Atoms for Peace alongside Radiohead's Thom Yorke, said of the book deal, "I love literature deeply. I view books as sacred things, and in writing my story, I'm going to do my best to honor the form that has played such a huge part in shaping who I am."

Red Hot Chili Peppers formed in 1983, achieving their first commercial success with 1991 album "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" and their biggest with 1999's "Californication." The band performed the halftime show at this year's Super Bowl and announced in February that they've started work on an 11th studio album.


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