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“Great for the die-hard GNR fan…This is a cautionary tale, all the way.” (Penthouse)

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Forty years, twenty-eight ODs, three botched suicides, two heart attacks, a couple of jail stints, a debilitating stroke . . .

Now, Steven Adler, the most self-destructive rock star ever, is ready to share the shattering, untold truth.

Once upon a time, Steven Adler—along with four uniquely talented but very complicated and demanding musicians—helped form Guns N’ Roses. They emerged from the streets, primal artists who obliterated glam rock and its big hair to resurrect rock’s truer blues roots . . . and took “sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll” to obscene levels of reckless abandon. By the late 1980s, GN’R was the biggest rock band in the world, grabbing headlines and awards while selling out huge arenas. But there was a price to pay. For Adler, it was his health and sanity, culminating in his brutal public banishment by his once-beloved musical brothers—a humiliating act of betrayal that caused him to plunge into the dark side and spend most of the next twenty years in a drug-fueled hell.

In My Appetite for Destruction, Adler digs deep, revealing the last secrets—not just his own but GN’R’s as well.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; Reprint edition (May 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061917125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061917127
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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107 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Tricia Weight on July 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The story of Steven Adler's life as a member of Guns N Roses, one of rock and roll's most volatile, decadent and out of control bands, is both terrifying and awe-inspiring. His new book, My Appetite For Destruction: Sex and Drugs and Guns N' Roses, due for release July 27th, really hits home--but not for being a thrill-inducing rock and roll story. Actually it's just the opposite. Adler's candor and self-reflection make this book a different kind of rock star memoir entirely.

Steven Adler absolutely does not try to pretty up his story; there's no attempt to make himself look heroic or, as so often happens in rock star biographies, victimized. Adler puts aside his own ego to tell a story that is bitingly poignant in its brutal honesty.

Adler also proves that sometimes coming clean is the harder part of getting clean. Something he does well in My Appetite For Destruction. At times you feel distinctly, painfully, the breakdown, the regrets, the realization of all that was lost.

Steven opens up with an admission that he had locked himself away in his trailer to do drugs directly after opening for the Rolling Stones in 1989; his dreams had finally come true, but he was in no shape to enjoy it. He couldn't walk around backstage, meeting, greeting, basking in the amazing, historic moment--the drugs were calling, and he had to answer. It was just one of those moments that he can't take back; he'll never get a chance to do it over. It's the kind of regret that will haunt him forever after.

In the band Guns N Roses you had five men whose dreams all came true, but the joy in their rise to fame was finished before it had begun, lost in the pursuit of the next fix.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By T. Lexington on July 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Steven Adler finally puts pen to paper and records his sordid tale of Rock n' Roll debauchery for posterity. This Hell raising drummer's autobiography is the latest in a line of Rock n' Roll retrospectives that document the excesses of the L.A. glam rock/metal scene circa 1985. Here we find Steven Adler in his drug-fueled and sex-crazed prime.

While "Hammer of the Gods" remains the standard of Rock n' Roll memoirs, Steven Adler's book holds up nicely alongside others recounting the hazy Rock scene of the 80's such as "Walk This Way" "Slash" and "The Dirt." Yes, Steven's book is ghostwritten but so are the others written by his peers. No, Steven's book isn't Shakespeare but neither are the others written by his peers. It is in that context which this book should be judged.

In his own book, Vince Neil writes how tales of drugs, raging parties and sexual debauchery are the things that people really want to read about. That's especially true when talking about a band like Motley Crue or GN'R. While nothing in Adler's book tops Zeppelin's shark fish incident or Motley's sexual escapade with those two girls in Dallas, they come close.

In this book read how Steven:

* Met Slash at age 13
* Tried to join the Navy
* Had orgies orchestrated by Nikki Sixx and Steven Tyler
* Had a three-way with Izzy and some groupie
* Saved Nikki Sixx's life after the Crueman's O.D.
* Bangs Tommy Lee's sister
* Is thrown out of GN'R

It's great that Steven Adler has persevered through all the challenges, trials and tribulations that have come his way. I hope that this book and his guest drumming on Slash's solo album pave the way for future gigs, money and success.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By LooLoo on February 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
That's the best thing about this memoir as far as I'm concerned. While Steven launches into the typical rock n roll trysts and tirades involving an endless string of girls, drugs, chaos and addiction and a typically frustrating inability to get with the program, he comes out being the most sympathetic of all the members of Guns N Roses. I'm an enormous fan of the bands music which is at odds with my personal disdain for varying aspects of virtually every members general ineptitude to handle their good fortune whether it be due to addiction, selfishness, ignorance or rampant narcissism. I find Steve to be the least of all of these for a couple reasons- he is the only band member who, despite his grievances with people, recognizes kindnesses shown to him and has an attitude of gratitude in general however poorly he may have handled himself. He's certainly as childish as the the others but looks beyond their slights, and at many points in the book takes care to point out good times he had, moments shared, and to thank Axl, Slash, and a number of others for kindnesses shown him in spite of all the betrayals which shows a benevolence and a maturity I just don't see from the other members. He seems to be a genuinely sweet natured guy who was naive to the pitfalls of success, the greed of humans in general and you sort of see the glimmer of a sweet child behind the damaged narrative of a permanently emotionally scarred addict. His enthusiasm remains buried beneath all that and I came away somewhat liking him, unlike Axl or Slash whose lack of integrity overall I found difficult to dismiss. Steven is the only band member who seems to have learned the most important lesson in this tragic downfall of one of the greatest bands of all time and that is simply that they are better together than they are apart.Read more ›
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