I recently read Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis, with Larry Sloman. Honestly, I didn’t even notice the “with Larry Sloman” part until I was halfway through the book, because it was in very small type. But it didn’t make the book any less enjoyable to read. Why? Because, first of all, the book read pretty much like an interview without questions - i.e. extremely detailed and personal, flowing very naturally, and I’d guess that Kiedis and Sloman spent a lot of time just talking and that the book is more or less a dictation. And not, say, a “I’ll give you some notes about my past and some newspaper clippings and shit, and you write the book.” Secondly, Anthony Kiedis does not seem like the kind of guy who would be able to sit down for hours and write something, but he does seem like the kind of guy who could talk for hours - I mean, not everyone has the patience and concentration to write a 464-page book, so I don’t fault him for getting someone’s help in putting the thoughts onto the page.
So does knowing that a memoir was “ghostwritten” decrease your enjoyment of the book? I’m assuming there are varying degrees of ghostwriting, ranging from virtual fabrication to simply writing down what someone else is saying and organizing it better. What are your thoughts on this?