CLEVELAND, Ohio (September 26, 2014) – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host 2001 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Joe Perry for a book-signing event from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14 on the Museum’s main stage. The event is free and open to the public, however paid admission is required to tour the Rock Hall’s exhibits.
“We are thrilled to have a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame family, Joe Perry, back in Cleveland supporting us,” says Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum President and CEO Greg Harris. “A celebrated guitarist and a driving force behind Aerosmith’s decades-long run, Perry’s firsthand account of a life in rock and roll absolutely should be shared at the Rock Hall, where fans can connect with him – and share their own stories.”
In Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith (Simon & Schuster, 2014), Joe Perry exposes his unrepentant, unbridled life as the lead guitarist of Aerosmith. He delves deep into his volatile, profound, and enduring relationship with singer Steve Tyler and reveals the real people behind the larger-than-life rock-gods on stage. The nearly five-decade saga of Aerosmith is epic, at once a study in brotherhood and solitude that plays out on the killing fields of rock and roll.
With record-making hits and colossal album sales, Aerosmith has earned their place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But theirs is ultimately a story of endurance, and it starts almost half a century ago with young Perry, the rebel whose loving parents wanted him to assimilate, but who quits school because he doesn’t want to cut his hair. He meets Tyler in a restaurant in New Hampshire, sways him from pop music to rock-and-roll, and it doesn’t take long for the “Toxic Twins” to skyrocket into a world of fame and utter excess.
From the mega-successful song and music video with Run DMC, “Walk This Way,” to the realization that he can’t pay his room service bill, Perry takes a personal look into the human stories behind Aerosmith, the people who enabled them, the ones who controlled them, and the ones who changed them. In his own words, Rocks is the whole story: “the loner’s story, the band’s story, the recovery story, the cult story, the love story, the success story, the failure story, the rebirth story, the re-destruction story, the post-destructive rebirth story.”
To participate in the book-signing, attendees will need to purchase Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum store the day of the event, one copy only per person. Retail price is $27.99, and Rock Hall members will receive their 10% discount. This event is limited to a first come, first served basis. No other items will be autographed. Photos of attendees at the signing table will not be permitted. Professional photographs from the book-signing event will be available for purchase.
The event is free and open to the public, however paid admission is required to tour the Rock Hall’s exhibits.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
“One might guess that I, Perry Farrell, would admire Joe Perry because he is a legendary guitar ripper, and you’d easily be right on the button—however, what you wouldn’t have guessed is that I admire, respect, and have looked up to Joe Perry for years because he is a mad passionate, devoted husband and loving daddy who rocks. Viva familia Joe!” — Perry Farrell
“An insightful and harrowing roller coaster ride through the career of one of rock and roll’s greatest guitarists. Strap yourself in.” — Slash
“Rocking Joe Perry ‘rocks’ again!” — Jimmy Page
“Joe Perry describes with amazing detail and passion the virtual odyssey of his life as the quintessential rock star in America’s most famous rock band of all time. Like his riffs, his story is inspired, crisp, and packs a punch. Joe Perry has done for rock and roll what the human genome project and stem cell technology have done for medicine—broken it wide open to inspire and shape our music for many decades to come. I could not stop reading this book!” — Rudolph Tanzi, co-author of Super Brain
About the Authors:
Lead guitarist Joe Perry and singer Steven Tyler wrote the majority of the songs that form the backbone of Aerosmith’s catalogue. In 2013, they were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2001, Perry and Tyler, along with their Aerosmith band mates Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer and Brad Whitford, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
David Ritz is the only four-time winner of the Gleason Music Book Award. He has collaborated with Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Smokey Robinson, and Don Rickles. He also cowrote, with Gaye, the song “Sexual Healing.”
About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum:
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s mission is to engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll. The institution carries out its mission by giving voice to the stories of the people, artifacts and events that shaped rock and roll — through Museum exhibits, materials in the Museum’s Library and Archives, traveling exhibitions, and a wide array of innovative educational programs and activities. The 150,000 square-foot Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Cleveland’s rapidly developing North Coast Harbor, is home to major artifact collections, four state-of-the-art theaters, and year-round educational and concert programming.
The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 are free. A 6% Admission Tax that goes to support Cleveland Metropolitan Schools is added to each ticket at purchase. Museum Members are always admitted free, for information or to join the membership program call 216.515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625) or visit http://www.rockhall.com. The Ohio Arts Council supports the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Museum is also generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.