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Chili Peppers Frontman Launches HBO Series

Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis attends Game Three of the 2008 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers on June 10, 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images North America)

Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis came out with his autobiography 'Scar Tissue' in 2004, but now he's in discussion to create an HBO series with the same title. Though the book focused on his life as a musician, Variety reported that the show will be about his early life in California, when he moved from Michigan to LA to live with his dad.

His dad sounds like a colorful character; even though he never made it as a celebrity as he had hoped, he did make some famous friends while selling drugs to The Who and Led Zeppelin. In his childhood, Kiedis was surrounded by drugs and rock stars, music and art, women and sex, all in the City of Angels. It sounds like a cool way for a kid to grow up, but Kiedis has his hesitations about his father's childrearing:

He introduced me to the arts, to a more culturally magnificent life, 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.

I think at 11 I was still reading Sweet Valley High books, so I probably wouldn't have been ready for all of this either. According to MTV, Kiedis' dad (known as 'Spider') once got his 12-year-old son stoned and then asked him to take topless photos of one of his many girlfriends. At 13, Spider arranged for Anthony to lose his virginity. Just another day in the life of this Father of the Year.

Apparently Kiedis' father is as excited about the project as he is. The two are reminiscing about times past, trying to put the pieces together for the series. Kiedis has partnered with Mark Abrams and Michael Benson, whose credits include The Bernie Mac Show and Entourage.
 
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