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A founding member of Guns N’ Roses shares the story of his rise to the pinnacle of fame and fortune with the band, his struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction, his unusual path to sobriety, and success as a savvy business investor and loving husband and father.

In 1984, at the age of twenty, Duff McKagan left his native Seattle—partly to pursue a music career but mainly to get away from a host of heroin overdoses then decimating his closest group of friends in the local punk scene. In L.A. only a few weeks and still living in his car, he answered a want ad for a bass player put out by someone who identified himself only as “Slash.” Soon after, Guns N’ Roses, the ground-breaking hard rock band that went on to sell more than 100 million albums worldwide, was born.

In It’s So Easy, Duff recounts Guns’ unlikely trajectory to global acclaim: the near-homeless years when they played gigs in exchange for free beer; the creative collaboration that led to the writing of their biggest hits; the legendary ill-fated yet band-forging trip to Seattle; touring the country as the opening act for Aerosmith, M¨otley Cr¨ue, and eventually even the Rolling Stones; deepening drug troubles for most of the band; and finally, the collapse. And in the aftermath of that collapse: Duff’s near death as a result of alcoholism; his unique path to sobriety; his newfound love of books; his hard-won path to the dean’s list at Seattle University; and the formation of Velvet Revolver.

Now sober and happily married with two daughters, Duff, one of rock’s smartest and most articulate personalities, relates his remarkable story in his honest, funny, and indelibly original voice, taking readers on a harrowing journey through the dark heart of one of the most notorious bands in rock and roll history and out the other side.

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"In this honest, well-written memoir, former Guns & Roses bass player McKagan recounts the age-old rock and roll saga of rise and fall — complete with private jets, busted marriages, drunken brawls, and drug addiction. But as McKagan relates, he took an unusual path to recovery, healing himself with martial arts, mountain biking, and meditation. Along the way he also earned a finance degree from Seattle University. McKagan's musical career started early — at age 15, the Seattle native was already playing in several punk bands. In 1983 he left for Los Angeles, where he met the other members of Guns & Roses. The 1987 release of Appetite for Destruction made the group an international phenomenon. For a rock star, McKagan is surprisingly self-aware and candid, and he doesn't let himself off the hook easily. The first half of this book alternates chapters between his youth in Seattle and early career in L.A., and he vividly evokes both music scenes — drugs and all — and his own enthusiasm, desperation, and joy. As the years progress, McKagan, who wrote a financial column for Playboy and currently writes a weekly column for the Seattle Times and ESPN.com, is more cautious and measured but no less insightful. 16 pages color photos" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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A founding member of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver shares the story of his rise to the pinnacle of fame and fortune, his struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction, his personal crash and burn, and his phoenix-like transformation via a unique path to sobriety.

In 1984, at the age of twenty, Duff McKagan left his native Seattle—partly to pursue music but mainly to get away from a host of heroin overdoses then decimating his closest group of friends in the local punk scene. In L.A. only a few weeks and still living in his car, he answered a want ad for a bass player placed by someone who identified himself only as “Slash.” Soon after, the most dangerous band in the world was born. Guns N’ Roses went on to sell more than 100 million albums worldwide.

In It's So Easy, Duff recounts GN’R’s unlikely trajectory to a string of multiplatinum albums, sold-out stadium concerts, and global acclaim. But that kind of glory can take its toll, and it did—ultimately—on Duff, as well as on the band itself. As GN’R began to splinter, Duff felt that he himself was done, too. But his near death as a direct result of alcoholism proved to be his watershed, the turning point that led to his unique path to sobriety and the unexpected choices he has made for himself since. In a voice that is as honest as it is indelibly his own, Duff—one of rock’s smartest and most articulate personalities—takes readers on his harrowing journey through the dark heart of one of the most notorious bands in rock-and-roll history and out the other side.

Synopsis:

A founding member of Guns Nand#8217; Roses and Velvet Revolver shares the story of his rise to the pinnacle of fame and fortune, his struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction, his personal crash and burn, and his phoenix-like transformation via a unique path to sobriety. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In 1984, at the age of twenty, Duff McKagan left his native Seattleand#8212;partly to pursue music but mainly to get away from a host of heroin overdoses then decimating his closest group of friends in the local punk scene. In L.A. only a few weeks and still living in his car, he answered a want ad for a bass player placed by someone who identified himself only as and#8220;Slash.and#8221; Soon after, the most dangerous band in the world was born. Guns Nand#8217; Roses went on to sell more than 100 million albums worldwide. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In andlt;Iandgt;It's So Easyandlt;/Iandgt;, Duff recounts GNand#8217;Rand#8217;s unlikely trajectory to a string of multiplatinum albums, sold-out stadium concerts, and global acclaim. But that kind of glory can take its toll, and it didand#8212;ultimatelyand#8212;on Duff, as well as on the band itself. As GNand#8217;R began to splinter, Duff felt that he himself was done, too. But his near death as a direct result of alcoholism proved to be his watershed, the turning point that led to his unique path to sobriety and the unexpected choices he has made for himself since. In a voice that is as honest as it is indelibly his own, Duffand#8212;one of rockand#8217;s smartest and most articulate personalitiesand#8212;takes readers on his harrowing journey through the dark heart of one of the most notorious bands in rock-and-roll history and out the other side.

About the Author

Duff McKagan is the former bass player for and founding member of Guns N’ Roses.  Duff was in GNR for 13 years and subsequently founded the band Velvet Revolver along with fellow GNR member Slash in addition to his own band, Loaded.  Duff writes a weekly column for Seattle Weekly, ESPN.com, and the "Duffonomics" financial column on Playboy.com.  He lives with his wife--supermodel Susan Holmes McKagan--and daughters in Seattle, Washington.

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numanfan, January 28, 2012 (view all comments by numanfan)
Wow! I was blown away by this book. No, not because I was thinking dumb rock star that blew it to only get a second chance. This book was a lot more than that! As a budding bassist / hobbyist I was drawn to this book on a lot of levels, and being a GNR fan was just one of many. Duff writes in a very natural voice that was refreshing and original. It was a fascinating account of what someone who is driven and an artist will have to go through. I liked all the stories, the interactions, and how he put the blame clearly on his own shoulders. But, surprisingly, he is very humble, and perhaps does not give enough credit to himself. Without having met him, I see that he is not only a first rate rock star, but more importantly a great dad, loving husband, intelligent analytical finance writer, and a wonderful human being! I have recommended this book to everyone who has asked about books, or anytime there is a conversation that would enlighten some people.
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Janean, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Janean)
Rather than another tale of rock debauchery McKagan's story is a survivors tale. In great detail Duff tells the story of how a young kid from Seattle carries his punk rock ethos with him through a life that has taken him to the pinnacle of rock stardom, as the bass player in Guns N' Roses, to the pitiful demoralization of a man in throws of addiction and then back again. A story of fortitude and perseverance this rock bio is written beautifully with artfully crafted internal and external dialogs weaving his tale of what the life of a rock legend looks like and the reality of actually living it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781451606638
Author:
McKagan, Duff
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
Subject:
Guns n Roses; Duff McKagan; rock and roll; rock n roll; Rock n Roll Hall of Fame; Slash; Axel Rose; biography; playboy; Velvet Revolver; electric guitar; classic rock
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 page color insert
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
231.775 x 155.575 x 33.02 mm 596.927 gr

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Product details 384 pages Touchstone - English 9781451606638 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this honest, well-written memoir, former Guns & Roses bass player McKagan recounts the age-old rock and roll saga of rise and fall — complete with private jets, busted marriages, drunken brawls, and drug addiction. But as McKagan relates, he took an unusual path to recovery, healing himself with martial arts, mountain biking, and meditation. Along the way he also earned a finance degree from Seattle University. McKagan's musical career started early — at age 15, the Seattle native was already playing in several punk bands. In 1983 he left for Los Angeles, where he met the other members of Guns & Roses. The 1987 release of Appetite for Destruction made the group an international phenomenon. For a rock star, McKagan is surprisingly self-aware and candid, and he doesn't let himself off the hook easily. The first half of this book alternates chapters between his youth in Seattle and early career in L.A., and he vividly evokes both music scenes — drugs and all — and his own enthusiasm, desperation, and joy. As the years progress, McKagan, who wrote a financial column for Playboy and currently writes a weekly column for the Seattle Times and ESPN.com, is more cautious and measured but no less insightful. 16 pages color photos" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , A founding member of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver shares the story of his rise to the pinnacle of fame and fortune, his struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction, his personal crash and burn, and his phoenix-like transformation via a unique path to sobriety.

In 1984, at the age of twenty, Duff McKagan left his native Seattle—partly to pursue music but mainly to get away from a host of heroin overdoses then decimating his closest group of friends in the local punk scene. In L.A. only a few weeks and still living in his car, he answered a want ad for a bass player placed by someone who identified himself only as “Slash.” Soon after, the most dangerous band in the world was born. Guns N’ Roses went on to sell more than 100 million albums worldwide.

In It's So Easy, Duff recounts GN’R’s unlikely trajectory to a string of multiplatinum albums, sold-out stadium concerts, and global acclaim. But that kind of glory can take its toll, and it did—ultimately—on Duff, as well as on the band itself. As GN’R began to splinter, Duff felt that he himself was done, too. But his near death as a direct result of alcoholism proved to be his watershed, the turning point that led to his unique path to sobriety and the unexpected choices he has made for himself since. In a voice that is as honest as it is indelibly his own, Duff—one of rock’s smartest and most articulate personalities—takes readers on his harrowing journey through the dark heart of one of the most notorious bands in rock-and-roll history and out the other side.

"Synopsis" by , A founding member of Guns Nand#8217; Roses and Velvet Revolver shares the story of his rise to the pinnacle of fame and fortune, his struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction, his personal crash and burn, and his phoenix-like transformation via a unique path to sobriety. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In 1984, at the age of twenty, Duff McKagan left his native Seattleand#8212;partly to pursue music but mainly to get away from a host of heroin overdoses then decimating his closest group of friends in the local punk scene. In L.A. only a few weeks and still living in his car, he answered a want ad for a bass player placed by someone who identified himself only as and#8220;Slash.and#8221; Soon after, the most dangerous band in the world was born. Guns Nand#8217; Roses went on to sell more than 100 million albums worldwide. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In andlt;Iandgt;It's So Easyandlt;/Iandgt;, Duff recounts GNand#8217;Rand#8217;s unlikely trajectory to a string of multiplatinum albums, sold-out stadium concerts, and global acclaim. But that kind of glory can take its toll, and it didand#8212;ultimatelyand#8212;on Duff, as well as on the band itself. As GNand#8217;R began to splinter, Duff felt that he himself was done, too. But his near death as a direct result of alcoholism proved to be his watershed, the turning point that led to his unique path to sobriety and the unexpected choices he has made for himself since. In a voice that is as honest as it is indelibly his own, Duffand#8212;one of rockand#8217;s smartest and most articulate personalitiesand#8212;takes readers on his harrowing journey through the dark heart of one of the most notorious bands in rock-and-roll history and out the other side.
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