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It's So Easy: and other lies Paperback – March 20, 2012
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“Honest, well-written…McKagan is surprisingly self-aware and candid, and he doesn’t let himself off the hook easily.” (Publishers Weekly)
“In his solid debut, the author…proves himself to be a legit writer.…McKagan has a nice eye for details and a surprisingly good memory. He’s proudly raw and harsh, refusing to hold back in terms of language and content…fans will be thrilled by this honest, detailed memoir."
“Fans will love the descriptions of the struggles and early triumphs of GNR, but McKagan's descriptions of his equally driven efforts at self-transformation are just as compelling (particularly his meditation on the redemptive power of reading and the satisfaction he receives in his intellectual as well as physical revitalization). Verdict: Rock fans—and would-be rockers—will find much to savor here. McKagan has packed a lot into his life and a lot of his life into this book. Readers will enjoy the ride.” (Library Journal)
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Part of what makes McKagan's memoir different from others that preceded it--two memoirs having been published by AFD-era band members already, after all--is his tone. He matches the mood with the moment throughout. One can feel his anguish over the deaths of the fans in 1988 at Monsters of Rock (I would have like too have seen acknowledgment of the the band's subsequent choice to capitalize on the story in the inclusion of the footage of that particular show in the Riefenstahl-esque video "Paradise City" video, but that' my hang up) and the trepidation that it could happen again. All of the memoir, even as we head toward a predictably successful end (there are, after all, really only two ways to end a memoir that centers around addiction--and autobiographies generally do end on an upswing), has a wash of vulnerability, particularly in the ever-present threat of panic attacks, but he deftly matches mood and moment throughout--one can sense the discomfort in telling some of the tale. He recounts stories that are terribly familiar to addicts of all stripes--propelling through life on fear and just reacting to stimuli over and over again (or, conversely, drowning the stimuli--turning the volume down on life as far as can be managed).Read more ›
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I can't wait to read this book on Duff McKagan. I loved him in G N R. And velvet revolver. After this I plan to buy his other book.Published 4 days ago by Nicole Butler
Enjoyed reading about Duff- He actually turned out to be smart Loved the GNR stories easy TO readPublished 6 days ago by camrrt
Wow, what a pleasant surprise this one was. I thought to give it a try, not expecting really anything - perhaps because I was stuck with Duff''s GnR image, not knowing much about... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Philosopher's stoned
The humanity and discipline of this man, combined with raw talent and HONESTY......he is funny as hell, raw, and gives us such insight into the workings of his process. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Toni Ettore
Good read. Learned a lot about the GnR history and was really rooting for him and his sobriety. As a recovering alcoholic and addict I found this to be an uplifting and positive... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Roger Dodd