His dad was a small-time 1970s Los Angeles drug dealer known as "Spider" who hung out with rock stars and had a parade of girlfriends, one of whom he encouraged his then-12-year-old son to take topless photos of, but only after he'd gotten the tyke properly stoned. A year later, dear old dad arranged for his boy to lose his virginity, and, well, the rest is history. Or will be soon, as Variety reported today that Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis' colorful rock-and-roll upbringing will be the basis of an HBO series tentatively titled "Scar Tissue."
The show will center on Kiedis' relationship with his dad and their hopped-up adventures on L.A.'s Sunset Strip. "He introduced me to the arts, to a more culturally magnificent life," Kiedis told Daily Variety. "But some of it was this heavy, adult matter that I wasn't quite capable of digesting. ... It was a very rich but kind of challenging period of my life. I was thrust into this adult mentality by age 11." The show is not strictly based on Kiedis' memoir of the same name — which focused more on the singer's life as a rock star — but will also look at the Hollywood rock scene of the '70s, with Kiedis planning to be heavily involved in the project, including possibly narrating the hour-long drama and making occasional cameos.
The announcement made us think of some other rock-star autobiographies that might make for good HBO shows, including:
Marilyn Manson's "The Long Hard Road Out of Hell"
The Pitch: Like "Carnivàle" meets Cirque du Soleil, but with more dudes in fishnets kissing each other while high on absinthe and bone dust.
Mötley Crüe's "The Dirt"
The Pitch: Picture "Entourage" meets the Monkees, but with teased hair, way more skanks and, well, even more drugs than that Kiedis kiddie show.
Eminem, "The Way I Am"
The Pitch: Yeah, we heard about his story in "8 Mile," but this half-hour comedy is like "Friends" meets "Welcome Back, Kotter," except Eminem is Vinnie Barbarino and Dr. Dre is Mr. Kotter, and instead of school, Vinnie and the gang are learning life's hard lessons while buying 30-room mansions.
What rock-star memoir would you like to see made into a TV series?