From one of the greatest rock guitarists of our era comes a memoir that redefines sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll
He was born in England but reared in L.A., surrounded by the leading artists of the day amidst the vibrant hotbed of music and culture that was the early seventies. Slash spent his adolescence on the streets of Hollywood, discovering drugs, drinking, rock music,...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Yea, you favorite band doesn't have to be the one with your favorite guitarist or singer. It ...more
"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 ...more
We should also wish this book's crappiness ends at poor storytelling, but it doesn't. There is a fundament ...more
The book is definitely lacking a cohesive narrative structure and the gram ...more
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 ...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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The formatting however is aesthetically unappealing.
There are typos on 316, 397, and 433. The photos are also captioned in third person, which makes the entire experience less personable.
A lot of rock star memoirs tend to throw in sobriety at the very end.