|Author||Slash with Anthony Bozza|
|Publisher||HarperCollins Entertainment (UK) HarperEntertainment (USA)|
|October 29, 2007 (UK) October 30, 2007 (USA)|
|Media type||Print (Hardback)|
|ISBN||978-0-00-725775-1 (UK) ISBN 978-0-06-135142-6 (USA)|
Slash is an autobiography written by rock guitarist Slash with Anthony Bozza.
Most of the book focuses on Slash's years with Guns N' Roses, including many rock star cliches: trashed hotel rooms, groupies, drug abuse, etc. Slash talks about Axl Rose, frontman of Guns N' Roses, and his departure from the band in the mid-1990s. He explains that Axl's inability to show up to gigs and rehearsals on time, in addition to Axl's almost dictator-like control of the band contributed to the band's downfall. Slash also states that Axl wanted to change the musical direction of the band to include more synthesizers and effects, rather than guitar-driven rock as with their earlier material.
Slash relates how he eventually achieved stability and sobriety after his second marriage and the birth of two sons.
The book's tagline is: 'It seems excessive, but that doesn't mean it didn't happen...'
Slash's autobiography tells his story of playing in bands around early 1980s Los Angeles, eventually leading to the formation of Guns N' Roses, who would go on to become one of the biggest bands on the planet in the early 90s, before collapsing under their own weight.
He discusses his reasons for leaving the band, what he did after leaving, the other projects he worked on between leaving Guns N' Roses and the formation of Velvet Revolver, and the drama surrounding that band, and everything in between.
Slash also explains how he dealt with and overcame the harsh chains of addiction, and his many close calls with death because of heroin, cocaine, pills, alcohol, and more. He had a very bad addiction to a variety of different drugs, but was in time, able to overcome and get his life back on track.
"I've always had to do things my way; I play guitar my way; I've taken myself to the edges of life my way; I've gotten clean my way; And I'm still here. Whether or not I deserve to be is another story." - Slash
The book was at #6 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction list as of November 25, 2007, having been published in the United States on October 30. Nikki Sixx's book, The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star , which debuted at #7, was at #16 on the list.Slash retells some of the events from that book from his own perspective in the autobiography.
1. Stoked 2.Twenty-Inch High Hooligans 3. How To Play Rock And Roll Guitar 4. Education High 5. Least Likely To Succeed 6. You Learn To Live Like An Animal 7. Appetite For Dysfunction 8. Off To The Races 9. Don't Try This At Home 10. Humpty Dumpty 11. Choose Your Illusion 12. Breakdown 13. Coming Up For Air A great book
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