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Slash Paperback – October 21, 2008
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“Entertaining and educational...a crash course for aspiring rock gods.”” (Spin magazine)
About the Author
Slash, Velvet Revolver founding member and guitarist, lives in California with his wife, Perla, and their two children.
Anthony Bozza is the author of four New York Times Bestsellers, including Whatever You Say I Am: The Life and Times of Eminem, Slash, co-written with Slash and the #1 bestselling Too Fat to Fish, co-written with Artie Lange. Bozza was a staff writer and editor for Rolling Stone magazine for seven years, during which he profiled a diverse range of artists from Eminem and the Wu-Tang Clan to Trent Reznor and U2. He lives in New York City.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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If you are a GNR fan, or even if you are not, this is a great book. I couldn't put it down. I've read other books about GNR and other bands from the 80's and while some have been... Read morePublished 1 day ago by jc0030
I do not like Guns and Roses but for some reason do find Slash interesting. This book is 30% about doing drugs mainly heroin. 10% chicks 10% childhood 50% heavy metal music. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Kindle Customer
Interesting life story. Very sad and tragic upbringing. Sure he experienced a lot, from an early age, but did it leave him in a good mental state? Read morePublished 18 days ago by U2Fan
Great read about Slash. So interesting learning everything about his life and what he's been through. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book!!!Published 26 days ago by M. Welch
It is a very heavy book.But:I could not put it down.Is an amazing life story!No exaggeration,I guess!Published 26 days ago by Ionela Alexandra Paraskiv
Like most of the rocknroll biographies, all about the sex and the drugs. Doesn't seem like he learned a lot from life.Published 1 month ago by Luiz Asp