As you can imagine, the bassist and co-founder of Red Hot Chili Peppers has eclectic taste. Here are his memorable reads of 2019.
You know him best as the buoyant bassist and co-founder of the funk-rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. And now Flea is a book author. In a memoir as uniquely told as the man himself, Acid for the Children traces his fraught formative years in Australia and Los Angeles, experiences that shaped the storied career he would create with a motley crew of mischief-makers and musicians. It's also, unsurprisingly, an ode to the transformative power of music.
So what has Flea been reading lately? Here are some recent favorites.
Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" by Zora Neale Hurston
In 1927, Mrs. Hurston put together a vital, necessary, and compelling history book about Cudjoe Lewis, the last living freed slave to arrive in Alabama from Africa on a slave ship. That she used interviews with Cudjoe and his broken English for nearly all the text, yet the book still flowed in her unique and mellifluous writing style, is a remarkable feat. Zora Neale Hurston rules and this book broke my heart into bloody little bits.
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
A stunning story set in 1870 Texas, of the relationship between Captain Kidd, an elderly soldier/intellectual/philosopher, and 10-year-old wild child girl Johanna, who at the age of 6 had all her close family killed by the Kiowa Indians, who in turn raised her and loved her. She is taken back from the Native Americans by government agencies, and entrusted to Captain Kidd, to bring her across Texas back to her surviving relatives. It is the only book to ever cause me to scream loudly with excitement in the solitude of my room, my body vibrated madly, and I could not put it down.
Sula by Toni Morrison
One of the greatest writers in the history of the USA. A many layered and epic tale of family, betrayal, love, and racism set in post-WWI Ohio. Mind-blowingly good, and challenging to heart, mind, and soul. Too much.
Hard-Core: Life of My Own by Harley Flanagan
A wild-ass tale of a wild-ass kid in a wild-ass world. Punk rock mother*******. F***.
Author photo by Peter Staley
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