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, and, ultimately, how it all fell apart. Slash is a window into the world of the notoriously private guitarist and a front seat on the roller-coaster ride that was one of history's greatest rock 'n' roll machines, always on the edge of self-destruction, even at the pinnacle of its success. Slash is everything Slash is: funny, honest, ingenious, inspiring, jaw-dropping . . . and, in a word, excessive.
As Rock biographies go, this book is a great tell all tales. A highly enthusiastic GNR lover will love the rise and fall of Guns and the rebirth of Slash as one of the modern day guitar gods.
Very little is left out of this tale which, by all circumstances considered is quite amazing really. Slash’s need to document and journal has been an aid and benefit to tell the tale for sure considering the highly toxic lifestyle he was living.
Slash is mindful of his band mate’s privacy yet still willing to provide us with his personal opinions and experiences. His insane ability to transform, translate and interpret music speaks highly of his unique skills and talents. I was quite surprised when I learned of some of the icons whom he was asked to play for – people I certainly would not have expected to be in the tale for sure.
Slash is a very well versed musician and story teller. We will continue to hear more from this musician for quite some time to come. 5 stars for this read.