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It's So Easy: and other lies Hardcover – October 4, 2011
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A founding member of Guns Nâ Roses and Velvet Revolver shares the story of his rise to the pinnacle of fame and fortune, his struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction, his personal crash and burn, and his phoenix-like transformation via a unique path to sobriety.
In 1984, at the age of twenty, Duff McKagan left his native Seattleâpartly to pursue music but mainly to get away from a host of heroin overdoses then decimating his closest group of friends in the local punk scene. In L.A. only a few weeks and still living in his car, he answered a want ad for a bass player placed by someone who identified himself only as âSlash.â Soon after, the most dangerous band in the world was born. Guns Nâ Roses went on to sell more than 100 million albums worldwide.
In It's So Easy, Duff recounts GNâRâs unlikely trajectory to a string of multiplatinum albums, sold-out stadium concerts, and global acclaim. But that kind of glory can take its toll, and it didâultimatelyâon Duff, as well as on the band itself. As GNâR began to splinter, Duff felt that he himself was done, too. But his near death as a direct result of alcoholism proved to be his watershed, the turning point that led to his unique path to sobriety and the unexpected choices he has made for himself since. In a voice that is as honest as it is indelibly his own, Duffâone of rockâs smartest and most articulate personalitiesâtakes readers on his harrowing journey through the dark heart of one of the most notorious bands in rock-and-roll history and out the other side.
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The most interesting part of Duff's bio is definitely when he talks about his panic attacks and how he believes that it is rooted in witnessing his father's infidelities as a child. This is when he is at his most exposed and most vulnerable, but again, he quickly pulls back and sugar coats it all. He writes that he 'forgave his dad and moved on'. I wish that he had explored this period of his life much more deeply than he did. Perhaps the pain and the shame of this period runs too deep? Who knows. Only Duff knows I guess.
Much stronger biographies that I read of late are Keith Richard's Life (excellent), Paul Stanley's A Life Exposed (great when Paul talks about coming to terms with his ear deformity much later after he had achieved everything that he wanted to in life), Lemmy's White Line Fever (unapologetic, raw and bare bones...much like the man and his music) and Mike Oldfield's Changeling (probably the best written, most psychologically complex and most enlightening biography written by a musician that I have read in a long time).
We naturally gravitate towards reading about musicians because we want to know what makes them tick and understand why they make the decisions that they do. As much as I wanted to like it, this bio seemed to be safe and in the end strictly written by the numbers. Duff btw comes across as a much more interesting person when he is being interviewed about his life than when he is writing. He may be trying too hard to be a wordsmith now, what with all of the books and the newspaper column that he has been releasing lately....
This book is fantastic. It would be interesting for someone who isn't even a GN'R fan because it is written so well from Duff's perspective and the feeling's he experienced along the way, from growing up in Seattle to his moving to L.A. and eventually forming GN'R. You root for him, you feel empathy for him, you care about him.
I'm at the point where the band is just starting to fall apart, and I can't wait to read this insider account. I fell in love with GN'R when I was 12. My dad flipped out when he saw them on MTV and I knew all of their names. This was not appropriate for a 12 year old Jehovah's Witness! He cancelled MTV. lol But my friend had given me the tape and I made a copy and I labeled it something other than GN'R. (I quit being a JW a few years later and my taste in music grew even harder). I remember reading the rumors and hearing the news about AXL not performing well, or not performing whole sets, or not performing at all. Like I said, I'm looking forward to this current section in the book for the behind the scenes perspective.
Also, I recommend the Documentary on Netflix of the same title with Duff reading portions of the book to an acoustic backing by his current band, Loaded, of GN'R songs and songs from Velvet Revolver. It's accompanied by apt animations and interviews with Slash, Matt Sorum, etc. I saw the Doc first, then rewatched it, then ordered the book!
You will not regret buying this book, whether you're a GN'R fan, a fan of rock bands and how they form and get signed and the journeys they go on, or a fan of autobiographies that are well written and extremely interesting.