BookExpo America 2009: The Big Man and Steven Tyler Set the Tune for the Show

Categories:  Steven Tyler
May 29, 2009

BEA 2009 rocked and rolled Thursday evening for about 700 BEA attendees, as legendary rock stars Clarence Clemons, a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, and Steven Tyler, frontman for Aerosmith, visited Javits, taking turns sitting down with author Chuck Klosterman to talk about their lives, their music, and, of course—this being BEA—their books. Grand Central Publishing is releasing Clemons’s memoir, Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales (written with Clemons’s “best friend” Don Reo) in October. HarperCollins/Ecco is releasing Tyler’s memoir, Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?: A Rock ’n’ Roll Memoir, sometime this fall, with Tyler disclosing during the evening that the book “isn’t finished” and he’s “not sure” when it actually will be released…..

Clemons might be the “Big Man,” but Tyler was larger than life as he strutted on stage in true rock star fashion, accompanied by fellow musician Mark Hudson, who sported a multihued beard. Aerosmith fans in the audience rushed the stage, snapping photos, as the two took their seats. During an alternately witty, ribald and intellectual conversation with Klosterman that touched on everything from his schedule while on tour and the primacy of music in his life and in the very essence of his being to the metaphysics of orgasms, Tyler revealed a reflective side of himself that fans don’t often see.

Tyler started to write Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? during a “time off” period after his mother died last summer, he told Klosterman. “If there was a time to do it, last summer was it,” he explained. “I want the voice in me to be heard,” he said. “There’s a side of me that sees the world a lot differently than other people do,” ascribing it to such things as having read Grimm’s Fairy Tales when he was five years old, having immigrant parents or keeping a raccoon as a pet as a child in the Bronx.

I’ve lived this life. I’ve seen things. I’ve felt things,” he said. “I think anyone who’s seen me on stage is going to relate to [Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?].”

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