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Slash [Kindle Edition]

Slash , Anthony Bozza
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Book Description

From one of the greatest rock guitarists of our era comes a memoir that redefines sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll

He was born in England but reared in L.A., surrounded by the leading artists of the day amidst the vibrant hotbed of music and culture that was the early seventies. Slash spent his adolescence on the streets of Hollywood, discovering drugs, drinking, rock music, and girls, all while achieving notable status as a BMX rider. But everything changed in his world the day he first held the beat-up one-string guitar his grandmother had discarded in a closet.

The instrument became his voice and it triggered a lifelong passion that made everything else irrelevant. As soon as he could string chords and a solo together, Slash wanted to be in a band and sought out friends with similar interests. His closest friend, Steven Adler, proved to be a conspirator for the long haul. As hairmetal bands exploded onto the L.A. scene and topped the charts, Slash sought his niche and a band that suited his raw and gritty sensibility.

He found salvation in the form of four young men of equal mind: Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Steven Adler, and Duff McKagan. Together they became Guns N' Roses, one of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands of all time. Dirty, volatile, and as authentic as the streets that weaned them, they fought their way to the top with groundbreaking albums such as the iconic Appetite for Destruction and Use Your Illusion I and II.

Here, for the first time ever, Slash tells the tale that has yet to be told from the inside: how the band 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.

He survived it all: lawsuits, rehab, riots, notoriety, debauchery, and destruction, and ultimately found his creative evolution. From Slash's Snakepit to his current band, the massively successful Velvet Revolver,Slash found an even keel by sticking to his guns.

Slash is everything the man, the myth, the legend, inspires: it's funny, honest, inspiring, jaw-dropping . . . and, in a word, excessive.



Editorial Reviews

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“Wonderfully frank.”

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'Brilliant stuff' **** News of the World 'The most insane rock n' roll autobiography you'll ever read.' Observer 'A raucous rock yarn', (Top 10 Rock Books) The Independent **** Q Magazine 'A fitting monument! Slash's memoirs are an unexpectedly intoxicating cocktail of irresponsibility and dedication.' Independent on Sunday 'Slash's story is harrowingly compulsive reading, presenting the most graphically spot-on account of hardcore drug addiction since William Burroughs' The Record Collector

Product Details

  • File Size: 3031 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061351431
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000WJOW3K
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127 of 139 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
The story of Guns N' Roses is one of the most controversial in rock n' roll history. GNR has had a famously terse relationship with journalists and authors, and in recent years, former band members have publicly disagreed about the "real story" in the press. The band even threatened bodily harm to journalists in the lyrics of the Use Your Illusion albums! For the first time ever, someone on the inside has gone on record with to describe the genesis of the band, how they wrote and performed one of the most definitive rock albums of all time, the changes in the band's lineup, and finally, the implosion of all things GNR related. Who knew it would be the notoriously private lead guitarist, a soft-spoken man hidden behind a famous mop of hair, who would step up and tell the story?

Slash's memoir is the diary of a dope fiend (released a month after the autobiography of his friend and former heroin-buddy Nikki Sixx). Well, the diary of a dope-, and women- and coke- and crack- and alcohol-fiend. Have anything else debaucherous? The late 1980's and 1990's Slash would have tried it for sure. During one cocaine-induced hallucination of an attack by blue-gray Predator-like creatures with machine guns, Slash punched out his glass shower door and ran naked into the streets in terror. The incident got Slash into rehab, but no sooner than his limo driver picked up the "cured" ax man, he was downing half a liter of vodka in the backseat.

What doesn't Slash want to talk about? Well, don't bother asking if GNR is getting back together (I'm not even going to acknowledge the current faux-lineup). Slash says it won't happen, ever. The ten-years-delayed release of Axl's Chinese Democracy album? Slash gets asked that question in every interview, and he leaves it out of his memoir.
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72 of 81 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars pretty good junk December 30, 2007
Format:Hardcover
I could not resist this book. I can't believe I dropped the cash, but I did, and then spent all day today reading it. I just finished it.

First, a short history of my fandom--I was a GnR fan when I was a very young teenager, I lived for their videos coming up on MTV, I bought Rip magazine, I saw them at the LA coliseum with my parents. Even though I came from a hippie artsy background, something about them hooked me and I became a slutty wannabe rocker chick at 13. I still think they're awesome musically.

OK so my review--a fun read. Full of crazy details about partying, debauchery, excess. Pretty much every detail of GnR's formation, life, and dissolution. Slash's voice is pretty brash and honest. I trusted him, I trusted that he was always telling his truth and trying to be objective, and he's pretty careful about not trying to paint W. Axl like an as***le, and even praising him quite a bit. I skimmed some parts at the end because I don't care that much about all the various boys and the details of their beefs, and Velvet Revolver is not interesting to me. I would have liked more personal stuff, more stuff about sex and romance and artistic inspiration and less about this and that manager.

My main criticism is extremely lazy editing. I am not nitpicky about this stuff, but I swear man, there were some retarded sentences in this book, and a bunch of typos and inconsistencies, as well as structural issues. I was like, could they not pay someone an extra $100 to do a final proofread? For god's sake, when I pay $30 for a book I expect it to be coherent. I know, it's not fine literature, but sheesh.
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The world of excess through the hazy eyes of Slash November 20, 2007
Format:Hardcover
If you dig reading about rock 'n' roll excess and the Guns n' Roses years as they really happened, then you won't be able to put this book down. While I read "Slash," I couldn't help but compare his exploits to Anthony Kiedis's in the book Scar Tissue. Kiedis probably has Slash beat in the debauchery department -- but only just slightly. As advertised, Slash's tales of excessive drugs, drinking, sexual conquests and all-around craziness are shared in the book big-time. What starts as a tale of a sweet but troubled young kid turns into a monstrous, muddled life of dangerous drug use and plans gone awry. What's interesting is that the tone and writing style of the book is actually quite close to Kiedis's. And of course the tales Slash tells are the stuff of rock 'n' roll legend, either a total cliche or riveting reading, depending on your point of view.

Guns n' Roses deserved someone who could tell the band's story as it truly happened, and who better to do that than Slash or one of the guys in the band? Save for Axl Rose, whose words one might not be able to fully trust (especially as the band evolved), the rest of G n' R were pretty down-to-earth fellows who just loved recording and playing music -- when they could stay sober and on top of things. For me, it was very interesting reading about original Guns drummer Steven Adler, whose major drug problem over the years has been worse than even Slash's (that's saying a lot). Adler was a happy-go-lucky guy who just couldn't control his habit for a long time, and sadly, the band was probably right to kick him out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Slash is so open and honest in his book. ...
Slash is so open and honest in his book. A very enjoyable read from his childhood and Guns N' Roses.
Published 5 days ago by Rebecca Thielen
3.0 out of 5 stars An individual
Not a bad read, the Rock N Roll life style is not as awesome as most people think. Regardless of what those guys went through they still gave their fans the kick ass music that was... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Rick Kemp
4.0 out of 5 stars Slash On
as real as reality gets... Slash tells his story his way with no pretense or BS and sheds light on LA History, Rock History, and gives the reader an all-access pass behind the... Read more
Published 7 days ago by David M. Scher
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
Omg.......just when you thought GNR couldn't shock you anymore.....turn the page!
Published 8 days ago by Disappointedchick77
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful book to read I suggest to order this and read it very interesting
Published 10 days ago by cathy martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining!
I liked this book for the story-telling in it. Not wonderfully written, but I don't think that was the point.
Published 12 days ago by G Mukherjee
4.0 out of 5 stars My Take
So, I realize this is one perspective n G&R's rise and "something" but the honesty and view that comes through as you read this book is truly heartfelt. Thank You! Read more
Published 12 days ago by Dennis Termotto
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great read
Published 20 days ago by reese murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Slash book
My daughter is reading and enjoying the book. Comparing stories to Duff Mckagen's book we already read.
Published 23 days ago by Laurie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 24 days ago by Lynna
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