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OTRC: Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers to pen memoir, detail drug abuse: 5 facts

Flea performs with Red Hot Chili peppers at Lollapalooza 2012 in Grant Park, Chicago on Aug. 4, 2012. It was announced on April 1, 2014 that he is set to pen a memoir. (Andy Martin Jr. / Startraksphoto.com)

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea is set to pen a memoir, in which he will reveal details about what publisher Grand Central Publishing calls his "intense and dynamic life," including his past abuse of "hard drugs."

A release date has not been announced. The 51-year-old popular musician, whose real name is Michael Peter Balzary, and Anthony Kiedis co-founded the Grammy-winning rock group in the 1980s.

"I love literature deeply," Flea said in a statement published by Grand Central Publishing and obtained by OTRC.com. "I view books as sacred things and in writing my story, I'm going to do my best to honor the form that has played such a huge part in shaping who I am."

In his "self-written memoir," Flea will share stories about his "young, rebellious life on the streets of L.A.," "details about his sometimes complex friendship and collaboration with Kiedis," "his myriad [of] experiences with hard drugs" and "the tumultuous journey of the legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers through its various incarnations over the last 30 years, according to Flea," the statement said.

Check out five facts about Flea.

1. Flea was born overseas

Flea was born in Australia and spent most of his childhood in Rye, New York, a suburban town north of New York City. He was raised by his mother and stepfather, a jazz musician.

2. Thank this Los Angeles high school for Red Hot Chili Peppers

The family later moved to Southern California to "live a bohemian life," according to Grand Central Publishing. In Los Angeles, he befriended Kiedis, a classmate at Fairfax High School. Flea, who received his nickname from friends and was originally a jazz trumpet player, played in other bands with Kiedis, a singer, before forming RHCP with two other friends from school -- drummer Jack Irons and guitarist Hillel Slovak.

Red Hot Chili Peppers rose to fame in the 1990s with songs such as "Give It Away," "Under The Bridge" and "Suck My Kiss." The group has won seven Grammys and is currently made up of Flea, Kiedis, Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer. In addition to Irons and Slovak, past members include guitarists John Frusciante and Dave Navarro.

3. Flea has talked about his past drug abuse

Slovak died of a heroin overdose in 1988 and Kiedis has spoken about his past addiction to the narcotic and to cocaine. Flea has previously talked publicly about a past 15-year pot addiction and told the Associated Press in 2007: "At one point, I was nothing but trouble. I was on the street, I was doing drugs, I was breaking into people's houses."

"Music education gave me something to hold onto," he told the Associated Press, while discussing his grade school music classes. "I learned how to read music. It taught me discipline, a self of self, a sense of accomplishing something."

4. Flea's other projects include music, philanthropy and acting

In addition to his work with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flea studied music for a year at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music for no school credit.

In 2001, Flea co-founded the Los Angeles-based Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit music education group for underprivileged children.

Flea is also an actor -- he played Needles, Marty McFly's bullying frenemy in "Back To The Future" and "Back To The Future II" and also appeared in films such as "The Big Lebowski," "Less Than Zero" and "The Chase." Kiedis also appeared in the latter two movies. Flea also provided the voice of Donnie in the animated series "The Wild Thornberrys."

5. Flea's a dad!

Flea has an adult daughter from a previous marriage and an 8-year-old daughter with partner and former Victoria's Secret model Frankie Rayder.

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