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Then I changed my mind because Anthony focused mostly on drugs and selfanalysis, and Slash - on music. You would think it's good, but it's not I guess I need to start with saying that Guns N' Roses is one of my favorite bands and I'm a sucker for autobiographies of junkie rockstars of that time.
You would think it's good, but it's not. I was reading it and reading and it was such a struggle. The thing is, it's not written well. It's just one fact after another, nothing to make it interesting. I didn't get to know anything about Slash. The only thing I know after reading it is that 'Axl is an asshole'. That's it. This sentence is also a great summary of this book.
I rate it two stars just because I could learn a little bit about some songs and how the albums were made. But if you consider reading it, keep in mind that it's a waste of money and time.
Jul 08, James Hartley rated it really liked it. This was a good read, started slow, but built into a decent portrait of one of the most iconic rock guitarists of recent years. My version finished at the second Velvet Revolver album so not sure if theres an updated version out. Guns and other rock fans will get something out of this - its designed to evoke The Dirt, the Motley Crue bio, but has nothing of the freshness and punch of that. Its Slashs own story, his take on what went down, and you come away with a feeling you know him, which is w This was a good read, started slow, but built into a decent portrait of one of the most iconic rock guitarists of recent years.
Never steady and reliable, most members drunk, stoned, junkies or all three, the band made a blistering album and a couple of other decent ones, and collapsed after a few record-breaking years of touring during which they became famous for going on late.
The salacious stuff comes in the form of drugs - mainly heroin, but speed, coke and crack, too - lots of boozing, sex, snakes and namedropping. There are some moments which justify the jacket hype - Slash reaches some low depths - but no craziness on a Mike Tyson level, for example. Although Axl Rose is in the book, he and Slash, apart from a period right at the start of their friendship where they lived together, were never great "mates" yet when Axl appears the story operates on a different level.
Axl sounds complex, interesting and fucking annoying: Axl simply opens the car door and throws himself out Nov 26, Reggie rated it liked it Recommends it for: I have to believe the pitch to the Harper Collin publishing house went something like this: What's that, you say you love the idea?
Make sure the ghost writer likes to drink. Oh yeah, and about the money. The book is definitely lacking a cohesive narrative structure and the gram I have to believe the pitch to the Harper Collin publishing house went something like this: The book is definitely lacking a cohesive narrative structure and the grammar can be abysmal at times, but what did you expect? One of the more annoying examples of such problems is the fact that the book is littered with the statement "but we'll get to that later" placed at the end of certain pargraphs as almost an afterthought.
I can't help but wonder how much better this book would have been if Neil Strauss had been the one helping Slash out. Don't get me wrong, some of the stories in this book are great. I won't go as far as to say that on a whole they rival those found in The Dirt , but there are some good ones.
The story of Slash's one man pre-party prior to his attempt to meet up with Steven Adler at an Arizona golf resort for some self imposed "rehab" was particulary entertaining. On the musical side of things, the stories about how some of the old G n' R staples were written and recorded are also interesting. The description of the recording method employed for Rocket Queen is especially insightful.
Axl ever happens to write a book with his version of the events, I suspect that coupling it with this work would make a great topic for one of those compare and contrast essays we all had to write freshman year of high school. I might even consider reenrolling to write said essay. Mar 04, Sandra Harvey rated it it was ok. This book reads like a blog. The storytelling focuses on so much on small detail it starts to get boring.
Slash just retells the same story of getting high. The book does seem to jump from one thing to another. I'm surprised he can remember dates and places? Considering he was otherwise out of his box, at the time.
Not that Slash doesn't consider his drug problems to be that serious! The rock star hotel trashing recounts were boring and not what I expected. It's a shame this book let me down. Bein This book reads like a blog. Being a huge GNR fan back in the day.
I expected a lot more from one of the best guitar players in the world. Although I will always be a fan of their music.
I'd recommend this to a GNR fan because of the strange but interesting way they wrote music. Nov 29, Ed rated it it was amazing Shelves: Of course, I'm automatically biased when it comes to Slash.
He's my favorite guitarist and I've got a lot of respect for the man. I found his autobiography to be a genuinely good read. When Slash speaks, he always comes across as an intelligent, articulate person, and nothing has changed in the book. You can tell he was expecting some backlash over parts of this book, as he stresses several times that he wishes Axl no harm and has the utmost respect for him. You can't blame him for needing to rei Of course, I'm automatically biased when it comes to Slash.
You can't blame him for needing to reiterate these points, because people will always find a way to misinterpret everything. Perhaps the problem with this book is that it seems to follow the basic formula for the rock and roll biography, so you may feel as if you've read it before.
Though that in itself is interesting - you can see the trends in rock music. Drink and drugs from an early age, trouble with the law and at school and a broken family. Yet Slash never sounds bitter or boastful. He simply tells things as they were, for the best part. If you're expecting a memoir of drug addiction, you may be disappointed. Not to say that there isn't drug use here - there certainly is, including one memorable anecdote where Slash finds himself running naked across a golf course, pursued by little monsters only he can see.
But he doesn't go into much more detail than is necessary, and his main focus in the book is the music. I would recommend this book to any Guns N' Roses fan who maybe wants a clearer picture of why the band split up and what the dynamics were between Slash and Axl at the time.
Mostly it's just an enjoyable read, because if there's one thing you can say for Slash it's that he hasn't led a boring life. Oh, I counted 'all things considered' 28 times in this book. Feb 11, Bronwen rated it it was ok. I debated even adding this book to my Goodreads list. Do I really want to admit I read all pages of Slash's memoir?
Well, it was no better or worse than I expected it to be.
If you're only interested in the Guns n Roses years, skip to page If you want to hear detailed accounts of everything Slash shoplifted as a 13 year old and every girl he dated as a teen, read the entire thing.
Jan 27, Monica rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: It's that entertaining. He was a vagrant who bounced around from place to place, and all he wanted to do was play guitar. Slash answers the question once and for all about whether he will ever get back together with Guns. I am very glad that Richie asked me to read this book. I have developed a new appreciation for Slash and everything has had to go through to get his various bands off the ground. I also have a new interest in all of his music- from Guns, to all the Snakepits, and Velvet Revolver.
After reading about what it took to make those songs, I know want to go back and re-listen to some of those songs, or listen to them for the first time. Dec 29, Liz rated it it was ok. After reading a series of intensely serious books Into the Wild, The Nazi Officer's wife, and Under the Banner of Heaven , I was ready to indulge in a little mindless fun, so I thought, "Who better to provide that than Slash?
All I can say after reading this boring, almost screen play -like crap is that If you want to read a good hard rock book, read Motley Crue: The Dirt. Slash may have done a lot of drugs, but from what he tells us, he didn't do many "exciting" things while on them.
I prefer my rock novels to contain more crazy backstage antics, and, let's face it: Slash apparently just shot up in his room alone all the time. Sep 11, Nikki rated it it was ok. Too much name-dropping, not enough gory detail, and wayyyyy too long. Dec 03, Paula rated it it was amazing Shelves: I remember hearing their song "Paradise City" in our stereo because my mother used to own a CD of their very first album "Appetite for Destruction.
Right then and there, a delinquent musician named Saul Hudson that isn't really such a good role model, turned into my perso Ever since I was four, I have always worshiped Slash and Guns N' Roses. Right then and there, a delinquent musician named Saul Hudson that isn't really such a good role model, turned into my personal God. Afterwards, my infatuation turned into a deep obsession which made me decide in my pre-teens to download every single one of their albums, sadly to say I haven't gotten Use Your Illusions I just yet.
Many years later, Slash released a memoir that would then become one of my most valued treasures. I have re-read this book so many times that I've lost track, but never in those times have I really finished it.
I would always stop just when there are only 20 or so pages left all because I don't ever want to part with the book. Each time I put down a book and then forget the page I am at, I have the habit of starting all over again, especially if it's a really good book, and that is what happened to me with this one. Because Slash is Slash, you can't really not expect the no-bullshit straight-to-the-point way he told his life story and answered every single question we had for him about every single controversy that used to wrap him around.
I loved how the editor respected him much to not filter out any of the should I say gruesome details in his book. This book is just about the epitome of the sex, drugs, and rock and roll notion. Slash was just so honest yet so respectful of every person he mentioned and yes, even with Axl that I can't help but fall in love with him more.
The information contained within this book is so precious that it will probably forever be etched inside my mind. He's so humble and he knows that he's not the best, that there are others better than him, but he's cool and accepts it that at some times I just want to hug him or cry regardless of his disregard for drama.
Overall, I think Nikki had a much more solid story, even though his only took place over one year of his life. He was much more straightforward regarding his drug abuse and addiction problems. Slash, on the other hand, talks about his entire life from his childhood all the way through , when this book was first published, and at times sort of talked around his addiction, almos While reading this, I couldn't help the comparisons between this and Nikki Sixx's The Heroin Diaries , which I LOVED.
Slash's narrative was also a bit all over the place - he'd be talking about one incident, and then jump to another, and then go on a third tangent, and then get back to his original thought.
It's probably the way his brain works, but it was a bit disconcerting. I did like, however, that even though at this point he was really angry with Axl for everything that happened with Guns N' Roses, he made sure to say that this was his viewpoint, and that Axl no doubt had his own, and both were equally as valid.
I liked that this wasn't just "dumping on Axl Rose", which it could easily have been considering their history. And it makes me wish so badly that I could have been a fly on the wall as they finally worked through some of their differences to reunite earlier this year. It's pretty clear from this book that Slash never thought it would happen! Guns had become a similar monster; we were such a bizarre version of what we once were that I could barely recognize us.
But unlike the fun-house, I couldn't escape; when I turned away from the glass, the reflection was still there. As Slash said, "It se "Sometimes the truth lies is in front of your eyes and makes so little sense that you just don't see it; it's like confronting your reflection in a fun-house mirror-it's hard to believe that the twisted figure staring back I syou. As Slash said, "It seems excessive I was such a fan of Guns' music in the late 80s and early 90s, but I never took the time out to watch MTV news for all the drama.
I just remember hearing that Axl never showed up for a show or somewhat and there was major rioting. That was, unavoidably, the beginning of the end. It wasn't much longer that the whole band broke up and music was forever changed Apr 30, Cliff Hays rated it it was amazing Shelves: Great book!
It was fascinating to learn how GNR formed and what went on behind the scenes. The story of how the Use Your Illusion albums were made is awesome.
I always wondered how they managed to release two incredible albums all at once in Learning of how and why they broke up was very interesting too, as it seemed that after The Spaghetti Incident they just silently vanished from view.
Slash's writing style and storytelling is great. Oftentimes he is very blunt and the effect is hilario Great book!
Oftentimes he is very blunt and the effect is hilarious as a result. Some of the situations he got himself into are simply unbelievable in themselves, but when he tells about them you just have to laugh out loud due to their absurdity. All in all a wonderful and entertaining read for anyone curious about how GNR formed, operated, and eventually fell apart; well-written by their awesome lead guitarist. I highly recommend it! This book is so badly written that is reads like a series of notes or even repetitive when he says "We'll get to that soon" and he never does.
The storytelling is horribly tedious and focuses on nothing that would be of any interest other than the fact that he used drugs, didn't bathe and that was about it.
I was expecting alot more and was severely disappoint I was a fan of GNR back in the day and I have to say that I am terribly disappointed with this book.
I was expecting alot more and was severely disappointed. Apr 27, Katja rated it it was amazing Shelves: I had dragged my feet for a long time reading this book although it had been on my to-read list for a long time. Well, Slash is definitely my favorite guitarist of all times and Guns N' Roses is one of my top three favorite bands, so there was a lot at stake here.
I had already read Duff McKagan's book and knew the rough facts about the history of GNR although Duff is such a nice, fair and level-headed guy that he didn't get into any dirt in his book. I should not have feared. Slash's mem I had dragged my feet for a long time reading this book although it had been on my to-read list for a long time.
Slash's memoir is highly entertaining and despite what some reviewers said very well written, full of great anecdotes and insight into one of the greatest rock bands of our era. He couldn't find his buddy Steven Adler after he got admitted no problem his mom who is a costume designer helped him get ready, he still lived with her at that point and was so disturbed by all the cat calls and laughs around him that he fled the scene and concluded that "it must be really tough being a woman".
He also stole snakes by coiling them around his arm and just brazenly walking out the store. The first top hat he got was also stolen. Weirdly enough he only got caught once being underage they let him go. I'm surprised and glad he's still alive after all this excessive debauchery. There are so many other great stories that make this book both fascinating and highly entertaining. Axl is pretty much how you picture him already, but I liked the fact that Slash always stayed incredibly fair and remarked a couple of times "that's my side of the story, I'm sure Axl's side is completely different".
He doesn't gossip, but tells it how he sees it with honesty and for a rock star uncharacteristic introspection and self-criticism. May 22, Marita Hansen rated it it was amazing. Loved it, will write a review Nov 22, Eric Althoff rated it liked it Recommends it for: I'm of the opinion that most rock musician's stories are, by virtual necessity, identical.
Young up-and-comer has a passion for playing, scrapes by, rises through the club scene, and then in their mids finds himself suddenly famous and with more money, women, and drugs onhand than ever might have been imagined. Such is the case in "Slash," the legendary ax-slinger's autobiography co-ghostwritten by a Rolling Stone contributor , detailing his hellraising days from youth right up through the g I'm of the opinion that most rock musician's stories are, by virtual necessity, identical.
Such is the case in "Slash," the legendary ax-slinger's autobiography co-ghostwritten by a Rolling Stone contributor , detailing his hellraising days from youth right up through the glory days of Guns N' Roses until his present role as lead guitarist in Velvet Revolver and father of two.
The book is by turns fascinating and utterly repetitive. The behind-the-scenes chapters on GNR's formative years and the distinct personalities of Slash, Axl, et al are rendered with a touch of both gentle nostalgia and uncompromising honesty. For anyone who grew up listening to "Appetite For Destruction" and screamed along to "Welcome to the Jungle," the story of that album's genesis from Slash's perspective is very intriguing.
I enjoyed picking up on some things about Slash that I didn't know, such as that his mother is African American and dated David Bowie, and that he was given his famous nickname by Seymour Cassel. Slash isn't shy about talking frankly about his drug addictions and the deleterious effect it's had on his relationships and life in general. He has been clean for about two years now.
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A sampling of the giant bold excerpts: "The act of shooting up always turned me on"; "I was pissed off at myself for having died"; "The sight of a guitar still turns me on"; "There was no way in hell that I was going to county with fingernail polish on"; "I could feel it in my loins that she was having a hard look" [okay, that last one is pretty awesome, not just because of the use of the word "loins" but because the "she" is Elizabeth Taylor.
This would be way less of an issue if he'd gone with an actual ghost, rather than a music journalist who shared the writing credit, because then I could've indulged the conceit that Slash actually somehow wrote the thing by himself. As it is, I guess I had unrealistic expectations and was distracted by being sad because this book could've been so much better than it was. I'm in no position to complain that there's only one dismissive paragraph about what Slash sees as the non-issue of being a half-black rock guitarist, though I would've loved to have had him give his take on the infamously racist "One in a Million" lyrics, and at least a couple more details on what's summarized just as "a fight" with the guy from W.
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Want to hear all the details? Too bad, you're going to! And then most of the anecdotes that seem like they should be good aren't told very well and come off weirdly flat, like the one in which teenage Slash sneaks into an LA club dressed up by his mom? Isn't this the whole point of hiring a writer to write the book for you, to make all these random stories good?
HOWEVER I guess in spite of all my complaining this Anthony Bozza person must've done a good job after all, because I read the entire book even though I hadn't meant to when I decided to open the mildewing copy I'd found in a box on the street. I skipped his childhood to get to the important part and planned to stop reading after Guns 'n' Roses broke up, but I got kinda attached to the guy so I kept going until the end and then went back and then went back read the part that I skipped.