See This Guy: Anthony Kiedis


Can you imagine being in middle school and snorting coke with your dad? 

Not many would recover from that kind of strangeness. Yet Anthony Kiedis is not most people. He had a rough time finding his footing in life but he's always been a fighter.

Anthony was a loner and social outcast. His father was a part-time actor and full-time drug dealer who supplied rock icons such as Jimmy Page and Keith Moon. He began plying his son with mind-altering substances at age 11.

For a 12th birthday present, his father arranged a Quaalude high for his son, followed by Anthony losing his virginity to his DAD’S 18 year-old girlfriend.

By 14, heroin was a common practice.

Amazingly, Anthony still excelled in school, making straight A’s and graduating with honors from high school. He enrolled in UCLA to study writing but his worsening addictions to cocaine and heroin forced him to drop out after two years.

In 1983, he formed a band with some high school pals. That band eventually became one of the best-selling acts in history: Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Yet his habits continued to haunt him throughout his adult life. He even got kicked out of RHCP for a brief time, which led to his first stint in rehab.

When his guitarist and close friend Hillel Slovak died of a heroin overdose, Anthony vowed he would never shoot up again. He managed to stay clean for five years but relapsed again – at the height of his band’s fame. In fact, his remarkable success only seemed to exacerbate his demons.

He kept using for another six years and finally kicked his hard drug habits in 2000 -- at age 38.

Red Hot Chili Peppers have sold over 90 million records, won multiple Grammy Awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

Yet for all of his hard-won success, Anthony Kiedis had to consistently fight on a far more important front: life.

And it’s a battle he finally won.



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John is Columbia Business School MBA with expertise in marketing, business leadership, and law. John is a successful entrepreneur who took his first company public. He currently resides in New York City.