Guitarist Joe Perry On His 'Life In And Out Of Aerosmith'

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Onstage, Aerosmith's lead guitarist, Joe Perry, is known for his guitar solos, back-up vocals and creative use of the six-string bass. Offstage, he was at one point known as half of the "toxic twins," a reference to his days of hard partying and heavy drug use with lead singer and songwriting partner Steven Tyler.

Perry and Tyler were also known for their squabbles over everything from songwriting to women to ugly displays of ego. But 44 years after Aerosmith was born in an apartment in Allston, the band is still touring and writing music together.

Joe Perry chronicles those decades in his new memoir, "Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith," which he speaks about with WBUR's Sacha Pfeiffer.


Joe Perry, lead guitarist of Aerosmith and author of "Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith." He tweets @JoePerry.


The Boston Globe: ‘Rocks’ By Joe Perry With David Ritz

  • "As a band forever dogged by Rolling Stones comparisons, Boston blooze-rock outfit Aerosmith might be expected to generate a literary canon that doubles as a Mick Jagger/Keith Richards-lite examination of what really went occurred in the mayhem days of groupie queues, stacks of amps, and energy sucking tours."

This segment aired on November 19, 2014.

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Sacha Pfeiffer Host, All Things Considered
Sacha Pfeiffer was formerly the host of WBUR's All Things Considered.



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