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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, 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.

Slash, Velvet Revolver founding member and guitarist, lives in California with his wife, Perla, and their two children.
Title:SlashFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.23 inPublished:October 21, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061351431

ISBN - 13:9780061351433

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rock & Roll at its finest Absolutely loved it. Has moments that make you laugh, sad, happy, jealous etc. Especially being a GnR fan it opens your eyes a bit more. Slash is very open with this book and there is no BS.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rock n'Roll Great book for fans and non fans of GNR if you like hearing about the crazy characters in the rock world.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very interesting - good read Great stories about what happens when you are a famous musician. Good read, very interesting and entertaining.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An eye opener Great stories of the rock n roll lifestyle. Very interesting
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The drunken... The drunken exploits of one of the greatest rock guitarists in history details the good, the bad, and the ugly of being in a the world's most dangerous band. The stories take on a new significance since the band has recently gotten back together.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting A page turner. Interesting reading about his days as a junkie. Definitely some funny parts as well.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read. I Enjoyed this biography except I feel they could have cut out some parts.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from guitar hero the book is 10 years old but as a longtime fan, it was great to get inside Slash's inner inner circle. Autobiographies are my favourite.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So many shocking moments I love biographies. If you're curious about every little hilarious, strange, gross, too close for comfort moment of a person's life then you need to read this one
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow How is he not dead? And how did the other guys not kill Axl?
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing just straight up a good book...only complaint was that it stopped at velvet revolver days wished it was more up to date
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Read If you love rock 'n roll and you have respect for the man's talent it is a good book to read. I did find it a little less exciting and slower than other books, but still kept me interested enough to read. If you are a fan, you will enjoy it.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Illuminating This makes the rock 'n roll lifestyle seem like a cliche. It's filled with debauchery; rampant drug use; internal band warfare; and of course many sexual adventures. It's also a very illuminating look into how the music industry works. The mid-section with the copious drug use was rather very tedious to read. This begs the question: if he was on so much drugs and alcohol, how could he recall it all so lucidly? That part left me scratching my head. But, taken as a whole, it was great insight into the band Guns 'N Roses, their concert tours, and the many classic songs they wrote. It's worth a read. In some cases you might not want to put it down.
Date published: 2016-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read! If your a fan of GNR this is a must read. I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2014-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addictive in its own right I never expected this book to be a Giller Award type piece of non-fiction. Stated plainly, the writing was simple and repetitive. However, what this book lacks in style and quality of prose, it makes up for with its intensity and brutally honest portrayal of the life of a rock n'roll guitar god. Slash (and co-writer Anthony Bozza) describe the stereotypical life of a famous guitarist for an all-world rock n'roll band; in this case Guns N' Roses, a definite favorite band of mine growing up and still today. Slash openly, and often, admits to abusing drugs and alcohol and accurately, or so i can only imagine, describes the highs and lows of a junkie. He takes us through the pain of losing friends to heroin overdoses, but then pitifully explains his inability to stop using it himself. He doesn't try to glorify the abuse, but rather just takes us through the many misteps of his life and what it did to make him who he is today. Quite frankly, I am surprised the man is still alive. Add to that the many "ladies" with whom he shared a bed, and the STD's that came with them, I can't imagine why he hasn't given the whole "famous guitar player" gig up yet. However, and here's the catch, Slash is also able to convey his love of music and his desire to play his Les Paul on his deathbed. I still don't know if there is anything worth the tremendous lows the marijuana, heroin, coke, OxyContin and voluminous amount of alcohol must have brought to him, yet, there he stands, claiming to be clean and sober since 2007, a better man. Incredible.
Date published: 2012-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read! As a fan of reading, and, Guns N' Roses, I figured what better way to spend my time than to read a book about Guns N' Roses! When I began to get more in to their music, I especially enjoyed Slash's exceptional guitar solos which made me interested in reading about his more than chaotic life. I had a feeling this book would be entertaining, and entertaining it was. As a 19 year old who appreciates old classic rock, I really got the opportunity to imagine in depth what the life of a rock star, back in their time, was really like. There are almost shocking facts that you may never have guessed without reading his novel. It’s especially interesting to learn what or who their lyrics are about, or who the people in their videos are. You get to go inside the daily lives of the band that make you truly understand the popular phrase, “sex, drugs, and rock and roll”. This novel takes you through the ups and downs of the wild lives of these young and talented musicians to make it to the top. If what you’re looking for is an entertaining page turner that you will not want to put down, this novel is absolutely for you!
Date published: 2011-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Appetite for self-destruction Essentially about excessive alcohol and drug addiction. A good read, but a little boring in the later chapters if you aren't a die-hard Guns N' Roses fanatic. Those wanting to know about rock star debauchery will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2010-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A true tale of a rockstar. Slash wrote this book to explain some things to his fans. He is very honest about whats in this book. He takes you through his life and tells you everything you have ever wanted to know. His life truly did revolve around Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll. I am sure everyone can relate to something you will read in this book, I can relate to a lot of it. It shows you how much he has really changed, how much he has overcome. He still has his place on top after everything he has been through and personally, I admire that. I think everyone should read this book. Being a rockstar isnt all its cracked up to be according to Slash himself.
Date published: 2010-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simply awesome! I picked up this book and read the first few lines, and couldn't put it down. It's amazing to read about the way GN'R got their start - from humble beginnings to international stardom. A few things stood out for me: Slash's comments at the start of the book about his health now, after all those years of drug use, and the first time he heard Axl Rose sing. I'm almost finished it, but so far it's one of the best biographies I have read to date.
Date published: 2009-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from He knows how to make and Impression "The guitar is my conscience...whenever I've lost my way, it's brought me back to center; whenever I forget, it reminds me why I'm here." - I really enjoyed this book. It gave me a peek into a life that has been lived extremely differently from mine. - I'm not going to go into detail about Slash's life, if you're a fan you probably know far more than me, and if you don't know much about him, you'd enjoy it a lot more if you read the book. It's very readable and in language that you'd expect to hear if it were Slash himself sitting across the table from you. He does skip around a bit, but that is a matter of keeping to a story line rather than maintaining a strict time line. He mentions a lot of musicians that he's worked with, but as a matter of record and not in the least name dropping. His acknowledging his drug use and drinking is again fact and not boastful or moralizing. I found myself agreeing with him when he said that he couldn't be forced to make rehab work, it had to be his idea and timing. I was glad for him when he did get clean and realized that he could be just as creative and successful without all drugs. - "Drugs stood between where we'd been and where we had to go;" - Before reading this book, if you had asked me who Slash was, I would have said a musician. I wouldn't have been able to name any of the songs from his albums. Yet when he started talking about specific songs, particularly 'Paradise City' the tune and words popped into my head. My kids were quite surprised that someone my age would recognize any of this music. They forget that Guns n Roses was getting big while I was finishing University and their music was everywhere. - I heartily recommend reading this book. It would make a fantastic gift along with an early Guns n Roses album (such as Appetite for Destruction or Use Your Illusion I or II), a Slash's Snakepit album(such as It's Five O'Clock Somewhere) and finally a Velvet Revolver album (such as Liberatad).
Date published: 2009-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Welcome to the Jungle I loved this book! Slash's retelling of his life's story include all of what you'd expect - lots of drugs, girls and all around debauchery. The amount of drugs that Slash has taken over the course of his life and the length of time that his addiction has lasted was even more shocking than I had imagined. Having pictures all throughout the book instead of just the standard insert (which is also included) was a good idea. Be prepared to have nothing but GNR songs in your head throughout the whole time you read this book!
Date published: 2009-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smasing; literally. This man got more done by the time he was 15, then I've ever done my entire life; nuff said. This book gave me a lot of insite into Gun n' Roses as well. If you're at all a fan, I'd recommend this book it's seriously worth it.
Date published: 2009-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very entertaining and answers alot of questions regarding the break up of GN'R I would highly recommend this book to any fan of Slash or Guns N' Roses back in the day. This is a first hand account of the making of one of the biggest bands ever and how it almost fell apart many times, and how it eventually did fall apart. It also deals with Slash's heroin and drinking addictions, and how he eventually became sober (I know, I almost fell off my chair when I read "Mr. Jack Daniels" was sober!!!!). It is filled with little tidbit facts about his career and most importantly...the style is not flashy or tabloid-ish, despite some of the subject matter
Date published: 2008-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well worth the wait! This book was amazing. I have waited many years for Slash to write this book. It was well worth waiting the 20 years for! This will be one of a few books that will be reread by me. And I hope nobody wants to borrow it because it is a non lender!
Date published: 2008-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slash - What a great life! Slash takes us down the path of his own appetite for destruction with his substance addiction to opiates and alcohol. Amazing that with all the self-abuse, Slash is still on this planet. Redemption found Slash settled down with his wife and kids, still making great music and co-wrote a great book on the real rock and roll lifestyle.
Date published: 2008-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extreme This book was simply fantastic. I expected the book to be contrived, seeing as the author is one of the greatest, most (in)famous guitarists of all time, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that the biography seemed a very real account of the life and times of Slash. This man has had a very eventful life! GNR fans will love the stories behind the making of songs such as “Paradise City” and “November Rain”; for me, the book brought a new perspective to all of GNR’s collection of work. I am now re-discovering these old songs with a new lens as history imitates art. Happy reading!
Date published: 2008-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You Can't Put This Book Down! I have to say this is of the best memoir/autobiography I have ever read till' this day. It used to be motley crue's "the dirt'. but this takes the cake! it flows really well and there is some great stories in it. beats any harry potter book!!
Date published: 2008-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome book this book is the the world
Date published: 2008-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A must read for the original Guns & Rose's fans. I think "Appetite for Destruction" is one of the best rock albums of all time, and was looking forward to reading this book, as Slash stated that this would answer the questions regarding the break-up of the original Guns. It did that and more. As a fan you want to know stuff about your favorite bands that really aren't any of your business, but you want to know anyway. I enjoyed the stories Slash shared, though he seemed to jump around alot. I now know what happend, or at least his side, and I came away with a feeling of understanding of what happened.
Date published: 2008-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent!!! As a fan of, and growing up with Guns N Roses, I absolutely had to read this book...I'm glad I did; I learned so much about Slash and gained a whole new respect for him as a person in addition to Slash, the Artist. I recommend this book to readers who love autobiographies, music lovers and even those who are not GNR fans.
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! This was an amazing read.... I could not put it down! I recommend it to any music fan!
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SLASH IS A GOD!!!!!! Sex, drugs and rock n roll truly fits the bill here! slash gives a no holds barred account of his life and it's a thrill ride!! i love every word of this book and if your a fan of Guns N Roses or just a fan of music, this is the book for you!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2008-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous! This will be short and sweet. I loved this book. It's amazing. Read it.
Date published: 2008-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Slash by none other than the wonderful Slash himself. The basic idea of this book was to chronicle his life, and to make everyone understand just what happened before, during and after his life during Guns N' Roses, and it did just that. I really enjoyed this book. It was an entertaining read, and left you saying 'Wow! That really happened!?' He gives you his side of the story on what happened during the downfall of Guns, how it all went down and why he left. I definitely would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Guns N' Roses, or just a fan of this amazing guitarist. Plus there's some awesome pictures, so that doesn't hurt. 'Nuff said.
Date published: 2007-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from sweet anticipation I can't wait to read this book.
Date published: 2007-11-30

Editorial Reviews

“Entertaining and educational...a crash course for aspiring rock gods.””