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It's So Easy: and other lies Paperback – March 20, 2012
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"You’ll read this memoir from the former Guns N’ Roses bass player for the sex, drugs, and rock and roll, but you’ll remember it for what comes after—recovery, family, and fulfillment.” (Los Angeles Magazine)
“In a book that mourns friendships and talent lost to drugs, his transformation is a relief and an inspiration. McKagan writes with honesty and even humility, seemingly refreshingly devoid of rock star egomania.” (Shelf Awareness)
“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)
“McKagan recounts his (tale) with flamboyance and an engaging wit.” (Booklist)
About the Author
Duff McKagan played bass for Guns N’ Roses for twelve years and co-wrote many of their most iconic songs. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Duff formed Velvet Revolver with his former band mate Slash and fronts his own band, Loaded. He writes weekly columns for Seattleweekly.com and ESPN.com. McKagan lives in Seattle with his wife, supermodel Susan Holmes McKagan, and their two daughters. Visit Duff-ItsSoEasy.com.
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As I just wrapped up "Slash" I want to hear Duff McKagan (which I dont think i'm pronouncing right) and Steven Adler's sides of the GNR story so I decided to compare and contrast. Along with "Slash" this book jumps around from his adolescence to his adult years in the 1980's actually more than "Slash" does. This book reads with frequent chapters divided into parts. Which Actually makes for an easier read (I.E Jack Reacher Novel's). Compared to "Slash", this book does not follow the chronological order that "Slash" does, and in a sense that is the only turn off that I could find in this book.
The elements that are consistent in the Guns and Roses saga (for the record Izzy Stradlin and Axl rose are the only ones that did not have an autobiography published). Are that Prince of all people was the primary motivator of this band or at least that is the way I read it. Heroin was the ultimate vice of the band and that america's opioid crisis has been a +50 years problem. Last but not least, Axl Rose my opinion continually flip flops with him I dont know if he is the hero or villain. One thing is for sure, I'm starting not to feel bad that he completely remodeled guns and roses.
I will read Steven Adler's book for my final opinion on guns n' roses, I still have more of an investigation to attend to. As far as Duff's side of the story along with slash. Their stories do concur with each other for the most part. This book is not as exciting as "Slash" novel. There were some funny elements but "Slash" takes it home.
This is a great book and I highly recommend it for those fans and non-fans alike! Enjoy!
It flows in a very natural, informing way, giving a much-needed context. Duff's beginnings, his childhood, and how the dynamics involved shaped the man he became. The GnR story is offered in all its majesty, with all the details one might expect. But this is Duff's story, not GnR's. The book traces his descent to hell (an almost fatal one), with a truly inspiring recovering.
The text is very well-written, it never felt tiring or uninteresting. There's a healthy amount of humor and funny details (the fish food part was my personal favorite - you'll see what I mean once you read that), but there's also a lot of darkness, too. All in all, a brilliant book!