Aerosmith's Joe Perry: 'It Takes More Than Talent to Keep a Band Together'

The band's axeman talks about his memoir: "There's a lot of stuff in the book that may come as a surprise."

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Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has been speaking with Guitar World (via Blabbermouth) about his upcoming autobiography "Rocks: My Life in and Out of Aerosmith." As Perry notes, part of the catalyst for making the book was wanting to show people that it takes more than talent to keep a band together:

"It takes more than talent and being in the right place at the right time to keep a band together. It's the reason I wanted to write the book. Not just to talk about how I ended up doing what I do, but also to give people insight into what some of the pressures can be and what has to be done to keep things moving. In spite of the personality crises, you have to learn how to deal with it and keep going. Then you can look back and go, 'You know, we were literally just kids when we started trying to do what 10,000 other kids were trying to do. Now here we are 40 years later and - where's everybody else? [laughs]"

Perry also noted that his book, by nature of dealing with his time in Aerosmith, is as much as anything a study of human nature.

He added: "Aerosmith fans will get a kick out of [my memoir], because there's a lot of stuff in the book that may come as a surprise. But what I'm really hoping is that people discover that it deals a lot about human nature and how people get along. You don't necessarily have to be an Aerosmith fan or a rock and roller to relate to or appreciate some of the situations we found ourselves in - and how we worked them out."

"Rocks: My Life in and Out of Aerosmith," is released on October 7th.

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    Joe is one of the coolest cats to ever wield a guitar. I'll probably pick this up since I enjoy rock n roll autobiographies
    Hope I get to catch another Aerosmith show in the future !! Seen them 9 years ago and it kicked ass !!!