An Evening with Flea: Acid for the Children (Book Stall event at the Music Box Theatre)Event)

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Flea, a founding member of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, discusses his new memoir, "Acid For The Children," with Chicago author Jessica Hopper. Tickets may be purchased on eventbrite:

About this Event

Flea, the bassist, actor, and founding member of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, discusses his new memoir, Acid For The Children, with Chicago author and journalist Jessica Hopper in an on-stage conversation. There will be a Q and A portion of the evening. All attendees will receive a signed copy of Flea's memoir. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly calls the book, "[An] electric, surprisingly moving memoir...Flea is an enlightened narrator, and this passionate, smart memoir will resonate with readers whether they're fans of the band or not."

About the book: In Acid for the Children, Flea takes readers on a revealing tour of his formative years, spanning from Australia to the New York City suburbs to, finally, Los Angeles. Through hilarious anecdotes, poetical meditations, and occasional flights of fantasy, Flea deftly chronicles the experiences that forged him as an artist, a musician, and a young man. His dreamy, jazz-inflected prose makes the Los Angeles of the 1970s and 80s come to gritty, glorious life. In L.A. young Flea, looking to escape a turbulent home, found family in a community of musicians, artists, and junkies who lived on the fringe. He spent most of his time partying and committing petty crimes. But it was in music where he found a place to channel his frustration, loneliness, and love. This left him open to the life-changing moment when he and his best friends, soul brothers, and partners-in-mischief came up with the idea to start their own band, which became the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Acid for the Children is the debut of a stunning new literary voice, with witty, entertaining, and wildly unpredictable prose. It's a tenderly evocative coming-of-age story and a raucous love letter to the power of music and creativity from one of the most renowned musicians of our time.

About Flea: Flea is an Australian-born American musician and occasional actor. He is best known as the bassist and co-founding member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and co-founder of The Silverlake Conservatory of Music.

Flea will be joined on stage with Chicago-based author and journalist Jessica Hopper. She is a music critic, producer and author based in Chicago. In a career spanning more than twenty years, Hopper has earned acclaim as a provocative, fearless music journalist. She has written for GQ, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, Elle, and Bookforum. A long time contributor to the Chicago Reader, she was also a columnist for the Village Voice, Chicago Tribune, and Punk Planet, as well as the music consultant for This American Life. Her first book, The Girls Guide To Rocking (Workman, 2009) was named a Notable Book for Young Readers by the American Library Association.

Hopper is the author of The First Collection of Criticism By A Living Female Rock Critic and the acclaimed 2018 music memoir Night Moves. Her work will be available at the event and Ms. Hopper will be happy to sign books!

Hopper has been the Editorial Director at MTV News, and Senior Editor at Pitchfork and Rookie. Her essays have appeared often in the annual Best Music Writing anthology . She is series editor of The American Music Series at the University of Texas Press. In 2019, Hopper served as host and executive producer for KCRW’s popular music history podcast, Lost Notes. Her forthcoming book, No God But Herself, is due out in 2021.


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?Parking can be tricky, if possible we recommend taking the Red Line (Addison Stop), Brown Line (Southport stop), or the Irving Park, Addison, or Clark Street buses.

Southport is a metered parking street. Free street parking is available on and west of Ashland Ave (two blocks west of the theatre) and north of Irving Park. There is a parking lot at nearby Blaine Elementary and valet parking at the Mercury Theatre and Grassroots Restaurant.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? Please do bring a printed ticket if possible--it makes things much easier on us all! If you don't have access to a printer, we can deal with it. Be sure you know who ordered your ticket and that person's last name.

When do doors open? 6 PM!

What if life crashes down around me and I can't make it to the event? You can request a refund via Eventbrite up to 7 days before the event.

At every book event we host, some people neglect to pick up the book included with their ticket. We will hold unclaimed books for 14 days after this event, and we are happy to ship your signed copy of Acid for the Children to you if you can't make it to our Winnetka store to pick it up. We will ship your signed book to you for a five dollar handling fee. People who do not contact us within 14 days after this event to arrange to receive their book shall forfeit their copy.

What else should I know? 1. We may take some photos to document the this event for our social media. A fuzzy pic of the back of your head may end up on Instagram. 2. The lovely Music Box sells not only the usual movie theatre fare, they also have a liquor license! 3. Because of the large number of people in the audience, Flea will not be able to personalize your signed copy of his book, nor will he be able to sign any other items. This is an on-satge conversation, an non-flash photos from the audience are fine, but there will not be a signing or photo line. The brilliant Jessica Hopper will be available after the event to sign copies of her work.

Questions not answered here? Contact us:, 847-446-8880.

Event date: 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

The Music Box
3733 N. Southport Ave.