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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  23,922 ratings  ·  1,117 reviews
From one of the greatest rock guitarists of our era comes a memoir that redefines sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll.

For the first time ever, Slash tells the tale that has yet to be told from the inside: how the legendary band Guns N' Roses came together, how they wrote the music that defined an era, how they survived insane, never-ending tours, how they survived themselves, an
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Paperback, 458 pages
Published October 21st 2007 by Harper Entertainment
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JenniferD
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
Jessica
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
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
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Michelle
Feb 21, 2008 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
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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
Bren
"No one expects the rug to be yanked out from underneath them; life-changing events usually don’t announce themselves. While instinct and intuition can help provide some warning signs, they can do little to prepare you for the feeling of rootlessness that follows when fate flips your world upside down."
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Sorry..I see many of my GR friends liked this and rated it highly. I did not so mu ch.

I used to be a HUGE Guns-N-Roses fan. I even spent a couple hundred once to see them live (and t
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Mark Hebwood
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Sex
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 it
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LooseLips
Jan 23, 2008 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
Russell
Dec 06, 2008 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
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Nick
Jul 26, 2012 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
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Robyn
Jun 27, 2013 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 Shakespeare...at 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
James Hartley
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 there´s an updated version out. Guns and other rock fans will get something out of this - it´s designed to evoke The Dirt, the Motley Crue bio, but has nothing of the freshness and punch of that. It´s Slash´s own story, his take on what went down, and you come away with a feeling you know him, which ...more
Anthony
Sep 03, 2008 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
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K
Oct 13, 2012 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
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Ed
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
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Reggie
Nov 26, 2007 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
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Sandra Harvey
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
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Bronwen
Feb 11, 2008 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.
Monica
Jan 27, 2008 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
Liz
Dec 29, 2008 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
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William Lawrence
Jul 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
Not for the light hearted. This is the down and dirty true story of one of the biggest rock stars on the planet. Although this well written autobiography shows the real rock star life, it also shows the human side to it, the suffering, and the comforts most of us would not trade just to be a guitarist in a band. We meet a lot of the people who helped Slash out along the way in his journey. Among one is David Bowie who warns Slash at one of his lowest points, "You are exposing yourself to the dar ...more
Nikki
Sep 11, 2009 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.
Marita Hansen
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it, will write a review... hopefully, when I get some free time.
Paula
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
Katja
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. Why? 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
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**Nicole


"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 s
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Cliff Hays
Apr 30, 2015 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
Suzette
Oct 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
I was a fan of GNR back in the day and I have to say that I am terribly disappointed with this book. I could not wait to be done with 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
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Eric Althoff
Nov 22, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: rock n' roll fans
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 mid-20s 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 ...more
Merin
Jan 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016, own
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
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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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