Monday, August 16, 2010

Slash's Autobiography (2007) - BOOK REVIEW

Title: Slash
Genre: Autobiography

The tagline is "It seems excessive, but that doesn't mean it didn't happen". Man is that an understatement. Written by Slash himself and Anthony Bozza, comes the autobiography of rock legend and Ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist, Saul "Slash" Hudson.

I actually read this about a year ago so I'm sure I'm forgetting stuff but I figured I'd write something about it in anticipation of tonight's sold out show at The Hordern Pavillion in Sydney.

As expected, most of the book is written about Slash's time with Guns N' Roses which of course had plenty of stories about sex, drugs and yada yada yada... While he does cover his childhood and his post-Guns life, you go on a pretty in depth adventure into the life of Guns N' Roses from inception to break-up. From how they all met, how they formed, their early struggles, fame, success and the ultimate downfall of arguably the greatest rock n' roll band of all time... and I'd be one to argue that.

As most would know, Axl Rose still carried the Guns N' Roses band name with his release of the Chinese Democracy album except he was the only original member involved with it. I didn't really know much about what a band goes through when creating their sound and a pleasant surprise with the book is the detail Slash went into for the Guns N' Roses process. I must admit, prior to reading this book I was super excited to hear Chinese Democracy and didn't think much about the album not having Slash, Duff or Izzy on it. The book shows you just how much the band really means to the musical effort that goes into an album. Needless to say, Chinese Democracy didn't sound much like the original Guns and it sucked.

Slash and the band went through some really crazy shit. REALLY crazy shit. So many stories Slash tells about the shenanigans they got up to are just amazing. The drugs, the benders, the perils of fame, playing in front of 100,000 people in Brazil, touring with Metallica, the death of a close friend to drugs and the never ending sideshow that is Axl Rose.

I read this book while I was travelling through France and Spain. There where times where it absolutely killed me to put the book down and go see Europe! I must admit that this was the first book I ever read and I absolutely loved it. It blew me away.

When I tried to tell people about it, they all said "You'll love Scar Tissue then". Scar Tissue was really good, 3 stars, but it didn't come anywhere near this book.

Check out this quick little interview with Slash about the book

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