Anthony Kiedis is a musician and the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Raised in Michigan, Kiedis went on to study at UCLA, but dropped out after losing interest, partially due to his abuse of hard drugs. After dropping out, Kiedis had an offer to open for a friend's band, so he got together with friends Flea, Hillel Slovak, and Jack Irons and eventually formed the Red Hot Chili Peppers, for whom he writes almost all of the lyrics.Keidis has also pursued other projects besides music. Using the stage name Cole Dammett (adapted from his father's stage name, Blackie Dammett), he landed a number of small roles in television and film as a teenager in the late 1970s. In 2004, Kiedis published a memoir titled Scar Tissue, which peaked at #17 on the New York Times Bestseller List.