The Red Hot Chili Peppers: An Oral/Visual History

The Red Hot Chili Peppers: An Oral/Visual History: Much like actual red, hot chili peppers when you pop them into your mouth, this new biographical book on one of the best bands of the last three decades is fiery, pungent and sweat-inducing. By Malcolm Exeter

The Red Hot Chili Peppers: An Oral/Visual History (HarperCollins/It Books) contains all the elements for which the band has become known: menace, danger, cheekiness and revolution, in short, uncensored rock ’n’ roll.

In this gorgeously produced tome, the groundbreaking band’s long-awaited, never-before-told history is told in exquisite detail. Packed with dozens of rare, unpublished images and memorabilia from their own files, this allows unprecedented access into their wild world.

It is an expertly designed package that shines the spotlight on band members Anthony Kiedis, John Frusciante, Chad Smith and Flea, accompanied by personalized interviews and anecdotes.

With glimpses into their early history as a wild bunch that music critics couldn’t categorize—were they punks, deep funk artists, alternative rockers or installation artists; or all of the above?—it goes behind the scenes to hardcore punk joints in and around Los Angles where the band got its start while still in high school (Fairfax High on Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles) in the early 1980s.

They’ve sold over 55 million albums around the world and won seven Grammy Awards. – Malcolm Exeter