Join us for what is sure to be a raucous conversation between these two fascinating authors/entertainers. We are so pleased to welcome Flea, the iconic bassist and co-founder of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, to Bellingham for the release of his new memoir, Acid for the Children. Considered by many to be the best bassist of all time, we'll get to hear his origin story complete with all the dizzying highs and gutter lows you'd want from an LA street rat turned world-famous rock star.
In Acid for the Children, Flea takes readers on a deeply personal and revealing tour of his formative years, spanning from Australia to the New York City suburbs to, finally, Los Angeles. Through hilarious anecdotes, poetical meditations, and occasional flights of fantasy, Flea deftly chronicles the experiences that forged him as an artist, a musician, and a young man. His dreamy, jazz-inflected prose makes the Los Angeles of the 1970s and 80s come to gritty, glorious life, including the potential for fun, danger, mayhem, or inspiration that lurked around every corner. It is here that young Flea, looking to escape a turbulent home, found family in a community of musicians, artists, and junkies who also lived on the fringe. He spent most of his time partying and committing petty crimes. But it was in music where he found a higher meaning, a place to channel his frustration, loneliness, and love. This left him open to the life-changing moment when he and his best friends, soul brothers, and partners-in-mischief came up with the idea to start their own band, which became the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
And who better to chat with him than our own Johnathan Evison, former Bainbridge Island punk-rocker turned bestselling author? This is a conversation you will not want to miss.
About the author: FLEA is an Australian-born American musician and occasional actor. He is best known as the bassist and co-founding member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and co-founder of The Silverlake Conservatory of Music.
Jonathan Evison is the New York Times Bestselling author of All About Lulu, West of Here, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, This is Your Life, Harriet Chance!, and Lawn Boy. His sixth novel, Legends of the North Cascades, is scheduled to publish in 2020. As a teen, Evison was the founding member of the Seattle punk band March of Crimes, which included future members of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam.
Tickets are available at Village Books or on Eventbrite (standard taxes and fees apply), and are $35 for one person which includes a copy of Acid for the Children OR $45 for two people and one copy of Acid for the Children.
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and this show is likely to sell out so please arrive well before 7pm!