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Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

SlashA while ago I mentioned that I was reading Slash, the autobiography of Saul Hudson (aka Slash) from Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver, and I finally finished it.

The last hundred and fifty or so pages took me forever to get through since I wasn't anywhere near as interested in the recent part of Slash's life as I was in the late 80s and early 90s. I can remember being totally obsessed with GNR when I was in third grade just after Appetite for Destruction came out; I just couldn't get enough. Back then there just wasn't any information available on people you wanted to know about. You had to read magazine interviews and watch little bits on MTV in between the videos (yes, back when they actually played music videos for hours at a time). Now with Wikipedia you can find out anything you want instantly. The kids these days have no idea how good they have it! So this book filled in that section of my brain that wanted information on GNR so many years ago.

It was nice to finally read an official record of what happened to GNR. There have been countless stories online, in magazines and in unauthorized biographies that either speculated or just elaborated on third-party accounts of what happened. I can remember hearing stories of Axl Rose displaying very strange behavior: diving off the stage onto some guy in the audience, consistently starting shows hours late and all sorts of other shenanigans. I was a big fan of Metallica in the earlier 90s back when their black album came out around the same time as the Use your Illusion albums. I remember seeing a bit on MTV News about James Hetfield getting burned by some pyrotechnics on their tour with GNR. Guns had the chance to save the day by going on early, but they ended up going on late and cutting their show short because of Axl. Needless to say a rather large riot ensued. It was neat to read about that whole event and others from a different point of view.

I always wondered by Axl was able to keep the name Guns N' Roses and put it to no use whatsoever when multiple ex-GNR members were in a different band with a different name. That question was also answered: Axl had legal contracts written up and signed by the other members of GNR that gave him unconditional rights to the name. <sarcasm>It's nice to see he's doing something cool with that name.</sarcasm>

Oh yeah, he also tells the story of how and where he got the top hat that has become as much a part of his persona as his moniker.

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barbie
#1 - Oct 17, 2008 at 6:05 AM
i couldnt be boverd to read that shit but i know how awesome slash, even now i think hes awesome and its 2008. hes a awesome guitarist!

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