- Hardcover: 480 pages
- Publisher: It Books; First Edition edition (October 30, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061351423
- ISBN-13: 978-0061351426
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (644 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Slash Hardcover – October 30, 2007
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From the Back Cover
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.
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If you want the real story of GNR and not what the tabloids printed you MUST read this book. I've also finished Duff McKagan's, and and all the details mesh. Highly recommend.
This book has alot of great information,starting from the very beginning of his upbringing,and explaining how he was so musically inclined through his families work in the music business. The book is very informational in the sense it talks about how he grew up & his interests as a boy such as BMX & artwork. As he grew up it talks about some of Slash's famous stunts such as how he would boost cassette tapes in his pants,snakes wrapped around his arms and all other kinds of reptiles. His love for snakes & reptiles explains why he named his solo project after his departure in G&R Slash's Snakepit.
This book gets into how he made the decision to pick up the axe and start wailing away on the 6string,how he came to form a bond with Duff and Steven as well as how he met up with Axl and Izzy. The band progressed themselves almost too fast as they were added on to open up for the equally as hedonistic band Motley Crue. The book goes into great detail about their individual tastes and such but this book is from Slash's perspective and talks about him and his endevours but also,obviously has to go into detail about Guns & Roses. The book is very insightful about the inner workings of G&R and how and why the tension slowly built after years on the road & info about the lineup changes as well as Axl constantly being late to gigs or just deciding to bail before the set was scheduled to end. Personally,being born in 1990 i can't say i knew all of this about the band,but now i do. There is alot of detail about the throes of addiction & substance abuse in this book but trust me it isn't nearly as bad as Nikki Sixx's Heroin Diaries,or even Steven Adlers book about substance abuse. Regardless this book goes through the different events in his life,pertaining to groupies and debauchery. Alot of great detail about how he tried to kick the dope and did it successfully(but replaced it with booze) and all the cocaine and crack that he would consume,almost killing him in 1 story. He took some time out to explain about his houses and buying a new one,then moving into a new place with his wife Perla. This book really goes through alot and covers alot of ground,from Guns to Snakepit to Velvet Revolver as well as his collaborations with Ray Charles,Michael Jackson and many others. Alot more stories about how he & the band had to hitchhike around the country to get to gigs when they first started. There is stories about how much excessive spending went on & how the band got sued by outside sources as well as Axl. There is info about his children and how he raised them with his wife,they both went to rehab for their own substance issues. Slash had a defibrulator installed in his heart because he OD'd and his heart got weak from all the years of excess parties and gallon of vodka a day drinking habits. There is just so much in here that i can't really say on this review but there are some great pictures in here as well as his personal views on subjects such as life,love,addiction,family,etc. If you are a fan of Slash,Guns,Velvet Revolver or the Snakepit or just a straight up fan of the band and want to learn a bit from their perspective then go and grab a copy. I have gotta say i have books from Ozzy,Lemmy,the Crue,Zakk Wylde,Metallica,Rex from Pantera,Korn,Manson and many other rock stars including Duff & Steven Adler and i have gotta say this book is top-notch. For fans of the band this book is a must own.