It's So Easy: and other lies by Duff McKagan

It's So Easy: and other lies

byDuff McKagan

Kobo ebook | October 4, 2011

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In his New York Times bestseller, Duff McKagan, founding member of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver, shares the story of his rise to fame and fortune, his struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction, his personal crash and burn, and his life-saving 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 LA 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 Guns’ 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 Guns 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 sent him on a 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 a harrowing journey through the dark heart of one of the most notorious bands in rock-and-roll history and out the other side.

Title:It's So Easy: and other liesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 4, 2011Publisher:TouchstoneLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1451606656

ISBN - 13:9781451606652

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Bio Well-written bio and very interesting. Duff is rather intellectual and I enjoyed learning about his life being a fan of GN'R and Velvet Revolver.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Duff's Story Written from the heart in his own words - not just tales of a rocker but of how he struggled addictions and eventually turned his life around - so glad he survived and is so positive now!
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's so easy I am not really into Guns and Roses to begin with but I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was well written and gave an interesting glimpse into the rock and roll world. It was great to read about how he turned his life around and he wrote honestly about his struggles with addiction.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A glimpse into the 'rock' life ... Certainly true you don't have to be a GNR's fan ... I loved their 'big hits' but never followed them much otherwise, nor Mckagan's other bands. McKagan holds back nothing in this revealing story, you can only imagine the life style of rock stars and the 'debauchery' (he uses this word often :) ) but until you actually read it from someone who lived through it, it is surprising. I am really glad he was one of the lucky ones who lived to tell about it, and he bettered his life by going back to school and even managed to have a successful 3rd marriage and family !! And is successful in his other endeavors. Wish others would have been as fortunate - such a waste of human life lost to addictions.
Date published: 2015-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Its so easy and other lies Gripping tale of a man and him facing his deamons
Date published: 2014-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Its so easy and other lies Great read....way to go Duff!
Date published: 2014-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rock tale rocks I read this a year after I read Slash's autobiography. While both men told similar stories (and sometimes the same stories), the style was clearly different. Slash told his story as straight forward as possible; he told it as he saw things and tried to be a third person observer on his life. Duff McKagan's writing was much more introspective and emotional, and as such I felt like I had a closer connection to the former bassist of Guns N' Roses. McKagan's time in Guns made up a third of the book, while most of the rest of the book revealed his addiction to vodka & cocaine and his subsequent efforts to kick those habits to the curb. Again, it was very emotional. So much so that I smiled that "want to cry" smile when McKagan described having to put his dog, Chloe, down as her health failed shortly after she saw Duff through some of his hardest days of recovery. Very good biography from one of rock n' roll's best known commodities
Date published: 2013-05-01