This isn’t complete but it’s a list of the books that I have. If you have any other titles of publications could you please let us know and we’ll add them to the list.



‘Scar Tissue’ by Anthony Kiedis (If you only read one book on RHCP this should be the one!)

Lords of Sunset Strip by Blackie Dammett (well worth a read if you are a RHCP fan. It is a biography of Blackie’s life so obviously the focus is on him but there is lots of info on RHCP and also Anthony).

Don’t Try this at Home by Dave Navarro (mostly an account of his life but there are some snippets of info about RHCP e.g. what happened when he left the band and some photos).

Behind the Sun: Diary of Hillel Slovak by James Slovak


Red Hot Chili Peppers Fandemonium by David Mushegain (with a lengthy 32 page in-depth foreword by Anthony Kiedis) which is a collection of photos of RHCP fans.

Me and My Friends: Red Hot Chili Peppers by Tony Woolliscoft (Love this book! Mostly photos TW took of the band for magazines over the years- so many iconic shots- but with added anecdotes).

Around the World: Red Hot Chili Peppers in Pictures by Tony Woolliscroft (to accompany the exhibition he had by the same name)

Books About the Band, songs, etc.

An Aural and Visual History by the Red Hot Chili Peppers with Brendan Mullen (Brendan’s Death Song is about his death). An official book with lots of information, photos, etc. It does contain some mistakes but it is still very informative.

Fornication: The Red Hot Chili Peppers Story by Jeff Apter

Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs (Hephaestus Books; no author listed)

Red Hot Chili Peppers: In the Studio by Jake Brown

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Inside the Veins of the Velvet Glove by Martin Roach

The Red Hot Chili Peppers: By the Way. The Biography by Dave Thompson

True Men Don’t Kill Coyotes by Dave Thompson (1992. I’ve been told it’s essentially ‘By The Way’ minus 10 years)

Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Making of Blood Sugar Sex Magik by Joel McIver

Red Hot Chili Peppers by Spike Harvey

Give It Away Red Hot Chili Peppers: The Stories Behind Every Song by Rob Fitzpatrick

Red Hot Chili Pepper: Sugar and Spice by Chris Watts

Books Which Include RHCP

Appetite For Destruction by Mick Wall -A collection of various interviews he wrote for mostly Kerrang! magazine collected together as a book and one chapter is a re-run of an interview with Anthony Kiedis.

Whores: An aural history of Perry Farrell and Jane’s Addiction ( includes many mentions of RHCP) by Brendan Mullen


Many thanks to Stephen for extra info!