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Reckless Road: Guns N' Roses and the Making of Appetite for Destruction

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'Reckless Road' documents the beginning of the legendary band Guns N' Roses and the creation of their seminal groundbreaking album 'Appetite for Destruction'.
Paperback, 348 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Shoot Hip Print and Media (first published November 1st 2007)
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Apr 04, 2008 Imogen rated it it was amazing
Here's a joke I made up:

Q: What do you get if you cross Ulysses with the Bible and then add a bunch of pictures of tits?

A: A book that totally sucks and is boring compared to Reckless Road, a picture history of when Guns & Roses were a bunch of skinny teenagers with tight pants, giant hair and awful tattoos!


I seriously just flip through this book and get excited and want to sweat, drink whiskey, and play guitar solos. Holy crap.
Oct 16, 2011 Oakley rated it it was amazing
This book is awseome because it stops right where most music bios get boring, with success. From then on it's usually just the cliche drug use/ rehab/ divorces and charity reunion shows. This is like a massive fanzine detailing the as yet untold story of pre-fame Guns n' Roses. It has set lists, unseen photos, and audio links to raw audio and video recordings. The writing collects stories and interviews all the key players, strippers, girlfriends, managers, ex-drummers and roadies. And since the ...more
Feb 03, 2009 Lilah rated it really liked it
A big fun picturebook of Guns'n'Roses before they made it big, via Marc Canter, who got bitten by the "why don't we document everything, it's cheap!" bug a quarter century before the rest of the planet, and happened to be in the right place and time to photograph the band's first fifty shows.

Everything is ordered chronologically, with set lists and stage patter meticulously captured from each performance. The text is oral history style, with interviewey bits collaged from all parties present at
Mar 12, 2011 Susan rated it it was amazing
Wow! Great job Marc Canter has done in collecting all of this really really early stuff. That is one guy who knew a good thing when he heard it.... I have to say Thank god for Marc Canter.

So often this sort of memorabilia and history of a band or anyone is not kept, and Marc Canter sure kept everything. Then not only do you have what is in the book but you are also provided with a password to go online and view the rest of his footage, videos, music, interivews, etc, etc. online. A brilliant re
Jan 02, 2012 Violette rated it really liked it
I love biographies and rock. When those two are combined in such a visual manner, the effect is just...awesome! Marc Canter has been around Guns N' Roses since the beginning. As a high school friend of Slash's, he had the opportunity to be around when the band was at its infancy. Thankfully, Marc is really handy with a camera and a meticulous collector. This book is essentially a compilation of photos and stories chronicling Guns' rise to fame.

I thought the book was done very well. Although I ha
Ian Hewitt
Feb 27, 2012 Ian Hewitt rated it it was amazing
It's appeal is clearly limited to the hard core Guns fan, but you'd have to go a long way to find a more loyal Guns fan than myself. I loved this book, author and photographer Marc Canter is a childhood school buddy of Slash who had unlimited access to the band from the time before they even were a band until the release of Appetite. Canter's intimacy with the band allowed for some really great candid photos and behind-the-scenes insights, and his documentation of, literally, every performance G ...more
Aug 17, 2014 Sharon rated it it was amazing
A fantastic compilation of information, interviews, pictures, ticket stubs, flyers and everything you could think of when it comes to the early days of an up and coming rock band. Marc Canter has documented every step of the early GnR journey and it's been collected here in a treasure trove of a book. I have to admit, it is a little obsessive at times, but he states that he wants you to feel like you were standing right next to him every step of the way, and he really does achieve that. From the ...more
Kurt Gielen
Mar 18, 2011 Kurt Gielen rated it it was ok
I have seen the future of books, baby! And it has a whole bunch photos and videos in it.

Too bad the story isn't very entertaining.
Nov 24, 2014 Rhoda rated it it was amazing
Not boring at all. Learned interesting things not in other books. Perfect length as well. Bought at Canters Deli!
Nov 29, 2014 Iva rated it liked it
This is absolutely perfect for anyone interested in GNR's Appetite for Destruction period and the making of one of the greatest rock albums ever. This scrapbook (for it literally is a scrapbook) is filled with never-before-seen pictures of the band members, their insanely fun nights, prostitutes, lyrics, drawings and pizza boxes scattered all over the pages. In terms of their sound, this is by far my favourite phase of Guns and Roses - the slimy, skinny, big haired, smeary, freaky and sexy perio ...more
Lisette Bustamante
This book is a biography book. A guy named Marc Canter had a feeling that this band was going to make some history so he decided to tag along. He has collected every single piece of information this crew has given, including pictures and audio. The band members saw Marc as another person from the band because he has been with them since the start. They Have a lot of there own drawings and how they either became the bands new album cover or one of there own tattoos. They have a lot of pictures o ...more
Sep 07, 2012 Olivia rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Die Hard Gn'R Fans
The first thing I want to say about this book is that I lerned some things I think I could have lived without ever knowing! Spoiler Alert: I really didn't need to know that when they were recording "Rocket Queen", Axl wanted there to be authentic porn sounds in the background so he took Steven Adler's girlfriend into the studio and, well, I'm sure you know the rest. No wonder the band split, with Axl pulling stunts like that! Jesuchristo!!
Now, that aside, I did enjoy reading the stories from
Jamie Hicks
Jul 29, 2012 Jamie Hicks rated it it was amazing
I wish this book was around in 1988. I was a teenager and one of the biggest Guns N' Roses fans you ever met. My walls (and ceiling) were covered in GNR posters, I had a jacket with nothing but GNR badges and patches and numerous scrapbooks with every picture/article I could find big or small. My parents were worried that I had gone a little overboard. In hindsight perhaps they were right. Fast forward "a few" years and I am still a huge fan. I don't have wall to ceiling posters anymore but I do ...more
Sep 14, 2015 Scott rated it really liked it
This is not an in-depth biography, so if that is what you are looking for you will be disappointed. This is an oral history of the early years, along with some great photos from friend of the band Marc Canter. It is a short read, but fans of the band will enjoy it.
May 05, 2015 Candy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting take on a friend of the band's documentation of its earliest days. I loved the pictures and videos. They all made this seem like flipping through a scrapbook of stuff only a friend would keep. I loved it.
Brandon Daviet
Mar 16, 2014 Brandon Daviet rated it it was amazing
A great collection of Guns and Roses history. Some of the pictures alone are worth the cover price. While we await Axl Rose' s official account, if it ever happens, this book is a great appetizer.
Once upon a time, I was a GnR fan. Some of it had to do with identifying with the youthful exuberance and social transition, but mostly it just annoyed the hell out of my parents and I was a brat like that. This is a book about the rise of GnR, mostly about Slash, with an underlying story of a friend/stalker glomming onto any notice he can catch (i.e., “Oh, I knew them before they were big! I'm cool too! See? See?”). It's an interesting angle; unfortunately, the story and feel are marred by exce ...more
Jessica G
Apr 21, 2008 Jessica G rated it liked it
Recommends it for: gnr fans who want a pictorial reference of the beginnings of the band
i definitely was excited to get this book because the majority of it is photos from marc canter's personal collection. canter is slash's best friend, and he has followed guns n' roses from the beginning, so it was awesome to see pictures from the earliest club gigs up until they opened for aerosmith at giants stadium. however, i was also anticipating the text that accompanied the photos, and i was sort of disappointed. there's nothing i hate more than typos in books, and there were TONS of them. ...more
Jan 17, 2011 Dana rated it really liked it
Shelves: rock-n-roll
I enjoyed this book, but mostly from the amazing photography within. The story is piecemeal and unless you are a diehard fan, you would get lost in the mundane factoids that make up for most of the book. Amazing photographs capture the where and when of the band in its infancy of rock n roll.
Greg Schell
Jun 05, 2011 Greg Schell rated it liked it
Pretty light and enjoyable reading, so I got through it fast. Recommended for anyone interested in a perspective on the rise of GNR from the beginning up through the debut album. Lots of contributions from band members, friends and people involved in making one of the greatest rock records ever.
Jul 21, 2011 Don rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011
When this book gets around to the making of Appetite for Destruction, it's not bad. The back and forth with who's in what band leading up to that is tiresome. There are a few interesting anecdotes and lots and lots of pictures.
Bagus Priawan
Jul 23, 2011 Bagus Priawan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommended
Buku yang mengisahkan tentang perjalanan band Guns N' Roses selama pembuatan album pertama mereka "Appetite for Destruction", yang sangat kental dengan filosofi rock "Sex, Drugs and Rock n' Roll"
Bernard Doffay
Jul 20, 2015 Bernard Doffay rated it it was amazing
Guns n fuckin' Roses!!
Bob Kavousi
Feb 17, 2013 Bob Kavousi rated it really liked it
A history of Guns n' Roses before they make it big, through very good quality pictures!
Tammy Adams
May 27, 2010 Tammy Adams rated it it was ok
Pretty much just a picture book. Not much information. Could have been so much better.
Jan 11, 2013 Kim rated it liked it
Thought this would be more fun to read. Slow to get moving. Does not flow well.
Aug 28, 2008 Luebke added it
Bought this book at Canter's deli...good food...okay book.
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