I’ve just been sent a transcript of an interview that Anthony Kiedis did that was included in his friend, Guy Oseary’s book, ‘On The Record.’ TBH I’d never heard of the book or knew that Anthony had been included in it so I was really pleased to fill in that gap! Apparently the book is a selection of interviews with famous artists, producers and music executives on how they broke into the music industry. Here’s an extract:
Did you have a mentor or someone who inspired you? If so, what have you learned from that person?
As a kid, I was a cocky little bastard who thought he didn’t need a mentor. Eventually I realized I idolized my father and came to accept him as my mentor. He showed me the joy of nonconformity, the freedom of antiestablishmentarianism and turned me on to Roxy Music and Ernest Hemingway. He also got me into the dictionary.
I was also influenced by Woody Allen, gravity, the Marx Brothers, teenage girls of the seventies, David Bowie, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, P-Funk, Magic Johnson, James Brown, and, as an ongoing inspiration, Darby Crash.
Many thanks again to Iva for taking the time to do this and sharing it with us.