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Slash: The Autobiography

Slash: The Autobiography

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Slash, With Anthony Bozza

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Entertainment
  • Format: Paperback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 151mm x 227mm x 40mm | 624g
  • Publication date: 29 October 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0007257767
  • ISBN 13: 9780007257768
  • Edition statement: Trade Paperback.
  • Illustrations note: 30 col plates (16pp)
  • Sales rank: 238,853

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The long-awaited, never-before-told, no-holds-barred memoir from the legendary Guns N' Roses guitarist. Finally, all the lurid tales of sex, drugs and rock n' roll are revealed as Slash describes his incredible rollercoaster journey as part of the biggest rock band in the world, living life to the full in the 80s. The mass of black curls. The top hat. The cigarette dangling from pouty lips. These are the trademarks of one of the world's greatest and most revered guitarists, a celebrity musician known by one name: Slash. Saul "Slash" Hudson was born in Hampstead to a Jewish father and a black American mother who created David Bowie's look in The Man Who Fell to Earth. He was raised in Stoke until he was 11, when he and his mother moved to LA. Frequent visitors to the house were David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, Ronnie Wood and Iggy Pop. At this time Slash got into BMX bikes and would eventually turn professional, winning major awards and money, but at 15 his grandmother gave him his first guitar. Sessions with numerous local LA rock bands followed until a fateful meeting with singer W Axl Rose...and the rest was rock history. Guns N' Roses spent two years builiding their reputation before Appetite for Destruction was unleashed on an unsuspecting world. Chart success and global domination followed but with it came the inevitable fall - addicted to heroin, booze and cigarettes the band imploded in a rift between Axl and Slash that is as deep today as ever. But with a new wife, kids and new band Velvet Revolver, Slash is back on track. As raucous and edgy as his music, Slash sets the record straight and tells the real story as only Slash can.

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Saul "Slash" Hudson was born in Hampstead in 1965. He moved with his family to Stoke before emigrating with his mother to LA when he was 11. Given his first guitar by his grandmother when he was 15, Slash went on to play in various local bands before teaming up with Izzy Stradlin and Axl Rose to form Guns N' Roses in 1985. He left in 1996 to form Slash's Snakepit and later Velvet Revolver. He lives in LA with his wife and two sons.

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By Marco Antonio Machado 01 Jul 2011 5

With his top hat, long curls and the cigarrette dangling from his lower lip Slah is one of the iconic guitarrists of this age.
This bio is certainly one of the most interesting of the latest batch of musicians bios. It's so up front about the decadence of the Rock 'n' Roll lifestyle that it surprises the reader by being so frontal about things that are usually kept in the closet, in this aspect this bio is right up there with Mötley Crüe's The Dirt, Anthony Kiedis' Scar Tissue and Lemmy's White Line Fever.
This deals with the nitty gritty aspects of life and of becoming a superstar without even being aware of it. It's all here: the GNR rise and fall (yep, we do get to know why Illusions I and II were such a mixed stew and who's idea it was to get all those strings and keyboards in. Want to make a wild guess?), the broken friendships, the drug parties, the musical influences, the side projects... all written in a very clear and enticing way.
It's certainly worth the read if you'ra a Rock fan, even if you were never a GNR fan.

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'Brilliant stuff' **** News of the World 'The most insane rock n' roll autobiography you'll ever read.' Observer 'A raucous rock yarn', (Top 10 Rock Books) The Independent **** Q Magazine 'A fitting monument... Slash's memoirs are an unexpectedly intoxicating cocktail of irresponsibility and dedication.' Independent on Sunday 'Slash's story is harrowingly compulsive reading, presenting the most graphically spot-on account of hardcore drug addiction since William Burroughs' The Record Collector