El ritual de Jane’s Addiction

El Ritual de Jane's Addiction Cover


El ritual de Jane’s Addiction is a Spanish language book on Jane’s Addiction written by Fabrizio Pedrotti, released in March of 2019.  Originally released in Argentina, the book is available worldwide and is currently the only Spanish language first book on Jane’s Addiction.

The book focuses on the creation of the album Ritual de lo Habitual, and its aftermath, which ultimately resulted in the end of the band along with the creation of the Lollapalooza tour.  The book is sourced by new interviews with members of the band, their contemporaries and many others.

Here is an English translation of the back cover provided by the book’s author:

“Ritual de lo Habitual”, the album that Jane’s Addiction published in 1990, was one of the most important of its decade. It took alternative music out of university radios and achieved its massive diffusion, but also predicted the explosion of grunge -which would happen next year with Nirvana- and was a decisive influence for groups like Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.

This book recounts the creating process of an album full of egos wars, heroin overdoses, chaotic shows, censorship and problems with the police. It was an extreme and unusual album for the time, for its sound and its themes related to sex, suicide, racism and AIDS. “Ritual de lo Habitual” installed the group as a referent, achieved double platinum and gave birth to the festival that would change the music business: the Lollapalooza.

From more than a hundred hours of interviews, conducted over five years with the complete band (Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Eric Avery and Stephen Perkins), as well as managers, producers, related artists and friends; and with access to unpublished documents, the author reconstructs for the first time an exciting musical adventure. And fundamentally, it answers a key question: why did Jane’s Addiction create its masterpiece while its members went through the worst moment of their lives?

“Someday I will publish my autobiography, and this book will help me refresh my memory.”
-Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction).

“Very rarely, the plot behind an album is as exciting as its songs.”
-Jimmy Chamberlin (The Smashing Pumpkins).

Release Date: 03/2019
Released By: Gourmet Musical
ID Number(s): 9789873823343
Medium: Paperback Book
Length: 152 Pages