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Slash: The Autobiography

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Slash The memoir from the legendary Guns N Roses guitarist reveals, with raw-edged candor, his life and times. As raucous and edgy as his music, this book sets the record straight and tells the real story as only Slash can. Photos throughout. Full description
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Harper (first published October 21st 2007)
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Ana {The Good Gif Fairy}
I've taken myself to the edges of life my way. And I'm still here. Whether or not I deserve to be is another story.

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This was surprisingly good. I feel like I'm cheating on Nirvana for saying that. Oh well, whatever, never mind.

I went into Slash's autobiography blind. I knew next to nothing about him. He is quite a mysterious figure. How many of you have even seen his face? I received Guns N' Roses Welcome To The Videos dvd as a Christmas gift from my friend. A pretty cool gift, I dig their
Jennifer D.
Well, Slash, holy fuck man! I sort of want to take you under my wing and give you a hug dude. But first, I want you to have a shower because you are dirty. And I don't mean that in a "dirty-sexy" way. I mean it in a "remember Pig-Pen from Charlie Brown, how filthy he was?" way. I would like to introduce you to soap and laundry detergent and, what the hell, underwear. I get that living on the road, touring, has its challenges. And I get that junkies are, well, junkies. But seriously. You grossed ...more
Dirk Grobbelaar

I like the kind of music Saul Hudson / Slash is famed for making. In fact, Guns ‘n' Roses was one of the first “heavy” bands I got hooked on in my teens, because even with all the boycotts and sanctions (not to mention that the country was firmly in the grip of the Satanic Panic – in fact there is a Wikipedia page just for this phenomenon in South Africa, which was the only country with an Occult Related Crimes Unit), “Appetite for Destruction” found its way here.

I jumped at the opportunity to s
There's this line in Bull Durham where Kevin Costner's character tells Tim Robbins's character, "You got a gift. When you were a baby, the Gods reached down and turned your right arm into a thunderbolt." A lot of the point of this movie is that while the young pitcher has been blessed with incredible talent (and is also, being played by baby Tim Robbins, very sexy), it's the seasoned but mediocre career minor league journeyman Crash Davis who's the leading man with the depth (and sexiness, despi ...more
Sonia Reppe
(I give this an extra star for the full page color photos: Slash is a sexy, sexy man). What's behind the untamed hair and top hat? We’ve all wondered. The erratic curls part just enough to reveal sexy full lips. Is he purposely teasing us? Is he hiding something? Slash (lead guitarist of Velvet Revolver and the former Guns n Roses) is one of the most enigmatic musicians of our time, and if you've ever been enthralled by the opening notes of Sweet Child O' Mine or wanted to know more about the cr ...more
Apr 16, 2008 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: GNR fan
I am a huge gnr fan and I have to say that I am terribly disappointed with this book. I could not wait to be done with it. I always found Slash to be, besides Axl, the most articulate of the band. This is the reason I wanted to read this book. But his articulation didn't lend itself well to the written word.

This book is so badly written that is reads like a blog or email message (badly written blog or email message, that is). The storytelling is horribly tedious and focuses on so much minutia t
Jan 11, 2008 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody who bought a Slash's Snakepit album, Axl Rose
I swear, I do read more than just rock biographies! just not lately I guess.

I asked for this book for Christmas and my mom told me she was totally embarrassed about buying it. personally, I don't think anyone should be ashamed of being associated with old school Guns N' Roses (though being associated with the current incarnation is more than a little embarrassing -- didn't Axl recently get his ass handed to him by Tommy Hilfiger?).

anyway. I'll start this review the way I'm sure I'll start any o
Sep 03, 2008 Anthony marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gun's N' Roses fans, Slash fans
I love rock. Real rock. Not Hannah Montana pop stuff but rock. Some good bands are Guns N' Roses, Van Halen, Kiss, Velvet Revolver, Metallica, Jimi Hendrix, and Queen. Those are probably my favorites. Slash is in two of those bands I have mentioned above, Velvet Revolver and Guns N' Roses and he is probably the BEST GUITARIST EVER, Ediie Van Halen though is part of my favorite band so he gets more praise.
Yea, you favorite band doesn't have to be the one with your favorite guitarist or singer. It
Mark Hebwood
Apr 22, 2015 Mark Hebwood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
As we mixed down the song "Rocket Queen", Axl felt that the bridge needed something; some other element to elevate the drama. He suggested that [his girlfriend] Adrianna Smith, who was with us in the studio that day, fuck him in the live room so that we could record her vocals and layer them over the breakdown. [...] So we lit some candles for atmosphere, then she and Axl went out into the live room, got down on the floor by the drum riser, and we recorded Smith's performance in all of its
May 30, 2008 LooseLips rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to LooseLips by: someone wicked smaht
slash was on loveline, back when it used to be on mtv in the mid 90's, and he smoked the whole time he was on the show, dishing advice to quick boys and oversexed girls, and his face was covered in hair, as usual, and midway through a sentence he leaned over and his cigarette fell into his boot and the crowd gasped and then got real quiet for about 20 seconds and then he leaned over, pulled the still smoking cigarette out of his boot, put it back into his mouth, leaned back and said "happens all ...more
Dec 06, 2008 Russell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: GNR fans. Velvet Revolver fans, if there is such a thing.
I actually enjoyed this book more than the three stars would indicate because I'm a big GNR fan and enjoy reading about people drinking, fucking and doing drugs until their livers, blood vessels and wangs fall off. But asking Slash to 'author' an auto-biography is predictably going to end up like this:

"I picked up a guitar when I was young and was good at it. Then I had sex with a bunch of girls and did a lot of drugs. Then I drank a gallon of vodka every day. All the while, I was still really g
Jul 26, 2012 Nick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You know who was a great guitar player? Slash. Would that I could say he is as good a storyteller. Instead he seems content to write what amounts to a 482-page 'Creem' article. The poor guy is so pickled, he can't even remember the name of his music school (and by "remember", I mean hire someone to research it for him so that he could at least avoid embarrassment in his own autobiography).
We should also wish this book's crappiness ends at poor storytelling, but it doesn't. There is a fundament
Mar 24, 2008 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone. It's that entertaining
It seems excessive, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. From his childhood hanging around David Bowie, to his BMX days, to Guns and then Velvet Revolver, we follow Slash through his highly entertaining life. He was a vagrant who bounced around from place to place, and all he wanted to do was play guitar. We hear about the highs and lows of Guns N’ Roses, and we get new insight into Slash’s relationship with Axl, as well as what happened that infamous night and St. Louis. (and another night i ...more

"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. 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.

WOW. JUST WOW. As Slash said, "It se
Jan 02, 2008 Reggie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who owned a copy of Appetite for Destruction on cassette
I have to believe the pitch to the Harper Collin publishing house went something like this: Tommy Lee "wrote" two books, I am sober an average of 5% of the time these days, Scott Weiland is a mess again, and Axl is still working on Chinese democracy somehwere . . . so yeah, I want to write a book. What's that, you say you love the idea? Great. 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
Sep 06, 2013 K rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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. I thought this would be a great book.

What a dissapointment it was. First of all, I felt like Slash took Anthony Kiedis's Scar Tissue and rewrote it - he only changed the names and made it 10 times worse. 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
Ever since I was four, I have always worshiped Slash and Guns N' Roses. 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. "Paradise City" was the first ever rock and roll song that made me perch up and listen, very intrigued, because of its awesomely heart-ripping guitar riff. Right then and there, a delinquent musician named Saul Hudson that isn't really such a good role model, turned into my perso ...more
Jul 13, 2013 Robyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bios
read my progress tab...absolutely a waste of time. A repetitive story of doing drugs, smack, coke, drinking booze and fucking porn queens, strippers etc. If he had a vocabulary it would be a lot more interesting to learn how a guy living such a fucked up life made it into one of the best bands of the 90's. His recall is terrible and makes Keith Richard's "Life" read like least Keith can tell a story and captivate you and suck you in. I didn't even read the last 50 pages...I didn ...more
Feb 11, 2008 Bronwen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I debated even adding this book to my Goodreads list. Do I really want to admit I read all 480 pages of Slash's memoir? Well, it was no better or worse than I expected it to be. but it was several hours of my life I can't get back.
If you're only interested in the Guns n Roses years, skip to page 250. 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.
Cliff Hays
May 16, 2015 Cliff Hays rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography
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 1991. 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 ...more
Jul 02, 2016 Merin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-in-2016
While reading this, I couldn't help the comparisons between this and Nikki Sixx's The Heroin Diaries, which I LOVED. 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 2007, when this book was first published, and at times sort of talked around his addiction, almos ...more
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
Jun 30, 2016 M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
La la la 'drugs'. La la la 'whisky'. La la la 'casual sex'. La la la 'guitar is good'.

There you go - now you've read this book.

I was a massive GnR fan 'back in the day', and would have been horrified to learn, in all my youthful innocence, what they were really up to. This book doesn't provide much insight (only very vague accounts of Axl's douchedom and not much at all on why the band split) and left me disappointed. And then I listened to Guns n' Roses after many years and realised that, afte
Dec 29, 2008 Liz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mel Padden
Dec 26, 2013 Mel Padden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Obviously I'm biased, but Slash's down to earth tone, good pace and narrative rythm mark this it as exceptional in the canon of rockumentary autobiographies. Of course the fact that he is the teller of the best rock 'n roll stories ever lived through doesn't hurt.
Nov 26, 2008 Dawn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs
Rather long and superficial. I have to admit the beginning was interesting, but after a while my liver started to hurt in reaction to all the drugs and alcohol.
Oct 05, 2010 Nikki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too much name-dropping, not enough gory detail, and wayyyyy too long. Motley Crüe still rules the juicy metal memoir.
May 11, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ovo je jedna od onih knjiga koje sam više no išta želela da pročitam. I ako sam obično tip osobe koji voli da pita porodicu da li sme da kupi nešto ili ne (ne zarađujem još uvek, moram da pitam), ovo je knjiga koju sam samo naručila bez da sam pitala čim sam je videla. Odrasla sam kao veliki fan Gunsa i uvek sam želela da imam šansu da prođem kroz ulice života barem nekog od njih. U ovoj knjizi Sleš uz pomoć rok žurnaliste Entonija Boza dozvoljava mi da zavirim u njegov svet, vodeći me kroz ulic ...more
Sarah Mariah
Sep 23, 2011 Sarah Mariah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am *almost* done with this - I can't put it down. I started to read it as a joke, because my husband picked it up at a Goodwill somewhere -

Anyway, I was all set to make fun of it for being nonliterary, but - it turned out to be completely addictive (yeah I said it). This proves it, for me - content is, ultimately, all you need.

This man has some serious content, too. This man has, like, so many adventures - when you're reading, you think, "Okay, he's probably about 23 by now," but - you read
Jody Travis
I`ve read The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx, and I have to say that this book is more interesting as a whole. For one thing, all narcotic use references aside, Slash wasn't a book focused mainly on doing smack in large quantities, like Nikki Sixx's autobiography was. This one is more about the MUSIC, which I love...Slash is a down-to-earth, music-loving maniac whose way of writing captivates a reader from page 1. It's the way he writes it all out, there is something interesting to be taken from t ...more
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Saul Hudson, better known by his nickname Slash, is a British-American musician, record producer, film producer and songwriter.He is best known as the former lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. During his later years with Guns N' Roses, Slash formed the side project Slash's Snakepit. He then co-foun ...more
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