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John Frusciante Biography

Guitarist John Frusciante has experienced both colossal highs and death-defying lows in both his musical career and personal life. Born in 1970 and raised in California , Frusciante dropped out of high school when guitar playing and rock music took hold of the up-and-coming musician/songwriter. Embracing both the unpredictable side of rock (Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, King Crimson, Funkadelic) and punk (the Germs, Black Flag), Frusciante created his own guitar style -- combining both technical skill with a knack for penning funky, psychedelic riffs.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers became an automatic fave when the young guitarist discovered them early in their career, and his dream to join the band came true in 1988, after striking up a friendship with the Chili Peppers' bassist Flea (in the wake of founding guitarist Hillel Slovak's death from a drug overdose). Interestingly, Frusciante had just been hired by another L.A. band, Thelonious Monster, prior to joining the Peppers.


John Frusciante before the release of Stadium Arcadium

Frusciante's first recording with the Peppers, 1989's Mother's Milk, helped break the popular college rock band through to the mainstream -- resulting in their first gold record, with John's amazing guitar playing serving as a catalyst for many of the songs. The quartet released an even rawer record next, 1991's Blood Sugar Sex Magik, produced by Rick Rubin. The album catapulted the band into the rock stratosphere, as it became a multi-platinum hit and made the Peppers one of the premier bands of the '90s. But all was not well in Pepperland. Frusciante found it increasingly difficult to handle his newly found fame, and retreated into a haze of hard drugs and unpredictable behavior. At the height of Blood Sugar's success, John abruptly left the band while on tour in Japan .

Besides releasing two obscure solo albums (1995's Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt and 1997's Smile From the Streets You Hold), little was heard from Frusciante since splitting from the Peppers in 1992. Then a disturbing article about John appeared in the L.A. Weekly, one which painted Frusciante as a heroin abuser with a death wish (the interviewer was also shocked at his ghastly appearance). Thankfully, from the advice of friends, Frusciante checked himself into a rehab center and got off drugs and stopped his path to certain destruction. Just a few months after getting his life back on track and facing the world again, he got back in contact with the rest of his ex-Pepper mates (he regularly kept in contact with Flea), whose then-current guitarist, Dave Navarro, had just split from the band.

After a loose jam session was deemed a success (as well as a psychological evaluation!), Frusciante was asked to rejoin the band. The newly kindled relationship was a rousing success, as the reunited Peppers issued the great Californication in 1999 to rave reviews and big sales. Two years later, and drugs a thing of the past, Frusciante emerged a tough singer/songwriter by releasing a solo effort entitled To Record Only Water for Ten Days. Merely a creative outlet from his band's original material, Frusciante appeared motivated and relaxed as an individual and free from the deception of drugs that haunted him before. In 2004, Frusciante released an astounding six solo albums as well as a project with Josh Klinghoffer (who appears on several of those six albums) and Fugazi's Joe Lally called Ataxia. Then Red Hot Chili Peppers duty called once again, and Frusciante did some work with Glenn Hughes before releasing a follow-up to the Ataxia album in early 2007. Greg Prato, All Music Guide


Date of Birth: 5 March 1970, New York, New York, USA 

Birth Name: John Anthony Frusciante

Guitarist (1988-92; 1998-present) for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

He left the Chili Peppers in the middle of their tour for "Blood Sugar Sex Magik;" subsequently, he became addicted to heroin and nearly lost the battle. However, he checked into rehab and got clean, rejoining the Chili Peppers in time for "Californication" in 1999.

Father works as a judge

Made a short film about his house called "Stuff" in 1993 with actor friend Johnny Depp and Butthole Surfers singer Gibby Haynes. The film was shown on Dutch TV directly after an interview special John did for a Dutch TV channel in 1994. It featured slow-motion film of the inside of his house, over-dubbed music and John reading some of his poetry. It also featured a cameo by LSD hero Timothy Leary and "flower-arrangement" (according to the end credits) by Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell.

He has two brothers, Erik and Michael and two sisters, Anna and Lily.

Paints and does yoga.

Recorded a song called 'Height Down' with the late actor River Phoenix.

His ex-girlfriend was Stella Schnabel, daughter of artist/director Julian Schnabel (Basquiat, Before Night Falls), who provided the cover art for By The Way and took some of the promotional photo's.

John admitted that he used the funds from his second solo album - Smile from the streets you hold - for drugs, which is why he is ashamed of it. He took the album off the market in 1998 and even has copies of it at home, which he never lets family or friends hear.

Attended classes at the Musicians Institute of Technology.

In the video of "Scar Tissue" he is driving the car. He doesn't have his licence and doesn't intend to get it.

He released an internet album as a gift to his fans. It is available on his official website. It has been called by fans "From the sounds inside", while John never gave the album a name. When asked about "From the Sounds Inside" during an interview, he was confused as to what it was and had to be informed.

He appeared on the Mars Volta album "De-loused in the commatorium" on the track "Cicatriz ESP"

He will be releasing six new albums on "The Record Collection" label before the end of the year. The first of the six will be called "Will to Death".

Is of Italian decent.

Once went to an audition for Frank Zappa's band at the age of seventeen, but left before he actually auditioned. He realised he wanted to be in a band where he could 'get girls and do drugs', and knew he wouldn't be able to do that if he was in Zappa's band.

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