Monday, 24 March 2008

Book ~ "Slash" - Slash (2007)

From ~ Here, for the first time ever, Slash tells the tale that has yet to be told from the inside: how Guns N' Roses came together, how they wrote the music that defined an era, how they survived insane, never-ending tours, how they survived themselves, and, ultimately, how it all fell apart. This is a window onto the world of the notoriously private guitarist and a seat on the roller-coaster ride that was one of history’s greatest rock ’n’ roll machines, always on the edge of self-destruction, even at the pinnacle of its success. This is a candid recollection and reflection of Slash’s friendships past and present, from easygoing Izzy to ever-steady Duff to wild-child Steven and complicated Axl.

It is also an intensely personal account of struggle and triumph: as Guns N’ Roses journeyed to the top, Slash battled his demons, escaping the overwhelming reality with women, heroin, coke, crack, vodka, and whatever else came along.

I was never a fan of Guns N' Roses ... I've heard of them obviously and recognize some of their songs. But I am into bios so that's why I read this one by Slash (or The Slash, as Gord calls him).

I enjoyed the raw first person writing style, though there were typos throughout. It got confusing sometimes keeping track of who was who because there are so many people mentioned. And after a while it loses it's shock value because it gets to be just another drug story or partying story, etc. Yeah yeah, whatever.

But it's an interesting story. It was a wild excessive ride, that's for sure.

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