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Slash quotes Slash, litcharts Slash, symbolism Slash, summary shmoop Slash, Slash 958eeefe From One Of The Greatest Rock Guitarists Of Our Era Comes A Memoir That Redefines Sex, Drugs, And Rock N RollHe Was Born In England But Reared In LA Surrounded By The Leading Artists Of The Day Amidst The Vibrant Hotbed Of Music And Culture That Was The Early Seventies Slash Spent His Adolescence On The Streets Of Hollywood, Discovering Drugs, Drinking, Rock Music, And Girls, All While Achieving Notable Status As A BMX Rider But Everything Changed In His World The Day He First Held The Beat Up One String Guitar His Grandmother Had Discarded In A ClosetThe Instrument Became His Voice And It Triggered A Lifelong Passion That Made Everything Else Irrelevant As Soon As He Could String Chords And A Solo Together, Slash Wanted To Be In A Band And Sought Out Friends With Similar Interests His Closest Friend, Steven Adler, Proved To Be A Conspirator For The Long Haul As Hairmetal Bands Exploded Onto The LA Scene And Topped The Charts, Slash Sought His Niche And A Band That Suited His Raw And Gritty SensibilityHe Found Salvation In The Form Of Four Young Men Of Equal Mind Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Steven Adler, And Duff McKagan Together They Became Guns N Roses, One Of The Greatest Rock N Roll Bands Of All Time Dirty, Volatile, And As Authentic As The Streets That Weaned Them, They Fought Their Way To The Top With Groundbreaking Albums Such As The Iconic Appetite For Destruction And Use Your Illusion I And IIHere, For The First Time Ever, Slash Tells The Tale That Has Yet To Be Told From The Inside How The Band 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 This Is A Window Onto The World Of The Notoriously Private Guitarist And A 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 This Is A Candid Recollection And Reflection Of Slash S Friendships Past And Present, From Easygoing Izzy To Ever Steady Duff To Wild Child Steven And Complicated AxlIt Is Also An Intensely Personal Account Of Struggle And Triumph As Guns N Roses Journeyed To The Top, Slash Battled His Demons, Escaping The Overwhelming Reality With Women, Heroin, Coke, Crack, Vodka, And Whatever Else Came AlongHe Survived It All Lawsuits, Rehab, Riots, Notoriety, Debauchery, And Destruction, And Ultimately Found His Creative Evolution From Slash S Snakepit To His Current Band, The Massively Successful Velvet Revolver,Slash Found An Even Keel By Sticking To His GunsSlash Is Everything The Man, The Myth, The Legend, Inspires It S Funny, Honest, Inspiring, Jaw Dropping And, In A Word, Excessive


10 thoughts on “Slash

  1. says:

    Well, Slash, holy fuck man I sort of want to take you under my wing and give you a hug dude But first, I want you to have a shower because you are dirty And I don t mean that in a dirty sexy way I mean it in a remember Pig Pen from Charlie Brown, how filthy he was way I would like to introduce you to soap and laundry detergent and, what the hell, underwear I get that living on the road, touring, has its challenges And I get that junkies are, well, junkies But seriously You grossed me out a little bit, and that is really, really hard to do I am fairly certain we did not need to know about your treatment resistant penis warts But, gosh, I am sure glad you had them cleared up before reuniting with Sally Phew That was a close one, eh You definitely seem to be a wise old soul so, for the love of humanity, man, stop sticking needles in your veins That is not cool and you are way smarter than that, dumb ass I am glad things are calmer in your life and that, by the end of the story you are clean and sober this book is from 2007 It seems you and your wife, Perla, have had ups and downs in the past year but your two little boys are super cute so I hope you are making life easy for them and not stressing them out with your bad boy antics and Perla s party mama ways though reading about it all was very cool I have to ask you a favour though, Slash Stop using the word literally Please Now One niggling annoyance your co author sort of sucks A lot And your editor sucks too If you ever do another memoir, a part two to this book, choose someone else to co write with Apply the same logic and gut instinct you use in feeling the groove with other musicians to seeking out writers and editors It wouldn t take much to turn your okay story into a totally kick ass book So, from your book I came away still thinking you are underrated as an axe man Your vibe as a human being is totally excellent and I am sure a lot of people could learn from your ways And I don t mean your not so smart junkie ways I mean your sit back, take it all in, accept people as they are for who they are ways I am pulling for you to have a happy and calm life filled with a lot of music making I felt the need for a visual, here Winner, winner, chicken dinner


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    There s this line in Bull Durham where Kevin Costner s character tells Tim Robbins s character, You got a gift When you were a baby, the Gods reached down and turned your right arm into a thunderbolt A lot of the point of this movie is that while the young pitcher has been blessed with incredible talent and is also, being played by baby Tim Robbins, very sexy , it s the seasoned but mediocre career minor league journeyman Crash Davis who s the leading man with the depth and sexiness, despite being played by Kevin Costner who is, outside of this role, completely gross and unsexy to fascinate Susan Sarandon s incomparable Annie Savoy In the movie Ebby Calvin LaLoosh is this kind of silly dude whose right arm is a thunderbolt, and that talent is fascinating but it doesn t mean he is.I thought about that a lot while reading this book You don t pick up Slash because Slash is a compelling, interesting guy who gives amazing speeches about what he believes you pick it up to find out what it was like to be lead guitarist in the greatest American rock n roll band of all time The short answer is, it was pretty much exactly how you would guess Really nothing unexpected here Slash loves pet snakes, dope, and pussy not necessarily in that order , and being a rock star never faces any shortage of the three, nor of guitars or booze, his other two totally unsurprising great loves.This is a book you can definitely judge by its cover It s exactly as stupid as its tagline It seems Excessive but That Doesn t Mean It Didn t Happen but also kind of as awesome as its photo of the iconic Slash I mean, I did read all 458 pages, even though a lot of them were like this One night when my girlfriend Renee and I were at manager Alan Niven s house with him and his wife Camilla, Alan said something really inappropriate to Renee I don t remember what it was exactly, but it was creepy enough that we left immediately I never forgot it, and I won t repeat it here p 321 Uh, what There are also a lot of pages mostly taken up by large, bold quotations that seem to be selected from the text to pump up or titillate thirteen year old boys, but were there thirteen year old boys in 2007 who had even heard of Slash I feel like I m way the demographic A sampling of the giant bold excerpts The act of shooting up always turned me on I was pissed off at myself for having died The sight of a guitar still turns me on There was no way in hell that I was going to county with fingernail polish on I could feel it in my loins that she was having a hard look okay, that last one is pretty awesome, not just because of the use of the word loins but because the she is Elizabeth Taylor The main problem with this book is that it doesn t seem to have been written by a professional writer or looked at by a professional editor This would be way less of an issue if he d gone with an actual ghost, rather than a music journalist who shared the writing credit, because then I could ve indulged the conceit that Slash actually somehow wrote the thing by himself As it is, I guess I had unrealistic expectations and was distracted by being sad because this book could ve been so much better than it was.The biggest issue is that like most of us, Slash and evidently, Anthony Bozza, in an apparent folie deux has no concept of what is interesting or boring about his own life, so he spends page after page describing tedious relationships with girlfriends and telling generic junkie war stories, and then he ll have one awesome throwaway sentence about how smoking crack with Dave Mustaine nearly led to him joining Megadeth, or he ll casually bring up how he used to date tragic eighties porn superstar Savannah and give a quick debauchery anecdote before rushing along to other way boring things I m in no position to complain that there s only one dismissive paragraph about what Slash sees as the non issue of being a half black rock guitarist, though I would ve loved to have had him give his take on the infamously racist One in a Million lyrics, and at least a couple details on what s summarized just as a fight with the guy from W.A.S.P after the guy announced that n s shouldn t play guitar Basically, whenever you want details about something, it s just glossed over, and whenever you could really give less of a shit, you re going to learn a lot than anyone ever wanted to know Where was Slash during the 1994 Northridge Earthquake Home in bed Want to hear all the details Too bad, you re going to And then most of the anecdotes that seem like they should be good aren t told very well and come off weirdly flat, like the one in which teenage Slash sneaks into an LA club dressed up by his mom like a hot chick, or when Slash and his wife flee New York after the 2001 Trade Center attacks and wind up at a depressing love themed hotel in the Poconos Isn t this the whole point of hiring a writer to write the book for you, to make all these random stories good HOWEVER I guess in spite of all my complaining this Anthony Bozza person must ve done a good job after all, because I read the entire book even though I hadn t meant to when I decided to open the mildewing copy I d found in a box on the street I skipped his childhood to get to the important part and planned to stop reading after Guns n Roses broke up, but I got kinda attached to the guy so I kept going until the end and then went back and then went back read the part that I skipped Actually the beginning was pretty interesting growing up as delinquent feral kids of these successful anything goes bohemian creative types in Hollywood in the seventies so I do recommend starting from the beginning if you are going to read this book.Personally, the most interesting part of all this for me is about the sex and sexual politics, and I m really fascinated by the female perspective on this era and milieu There is so much profoundly fucked up shit in here Steven Adler having sex with a woman in her thirties when he s thirteen and then being threatened by her husband THAT IS CHILD MOLESTATION YOU INSANE PEOPLE , all the groupies and porn stars and stepfordly anodyne pretty girlfriends, and then all this scary rapey stuff including a sexual assault charge against Slash and Axl that s not surprisingly breezed through If anyone knows of an updated I m With the Band kind of thing for this era that s good, please recommend It took me forever to read and a lot of it annoyed or disappointed me, but in the end this book wasn t ever billed to be a Robert Caro biography and it got the job done I did feel by the end that I d gotten a pretty good sense of Slash and a better sense of what it was like to have lived his life The post GnR stuff was interesting to me in a way it really wouldn t have been when I was younger, now that I m an aging domesticated boring person who hasn t done much with her life and certainly hasn t ever played stadiums filled with rioting fans It was fun to compare my own life or lack thereof to Slash s and to weigh what I ve missed out on and what I am sincerely content to make do without.Probably my least favorite catch phrase of the past fifteen or so years is the one where people exclaim Rock star all the time about the dumbest shit You re a rock star She s a rock star Party like a rock star or simply, Rock star Ugh, I hate it I hate it for a bunch of reasons, but one of them is that the application of these phrases convey such a major misapprehension of what being a rock star is about One thing this book did well was convey what being a rock star is about, and for me it was fun to read about but ultimately unappealing At this point in my life thirty six , there s okay, almost no part of me that wishes I could ve lived the rock n roll lifestyle Yeah it would ve been awesome to have had a part in something so amazing and epic as being in the greatest American rock band that ever existed, but it doesn t sound like a lot of it was even that much fun at the time, and it s kind of depressing to spend the rest of your life chasing the dragon of a perfect record you made when you were twenty five The perils of rock n roll decadence are well documented here as elsewhere the ravages of addiction are awful, though honestly in this book at least, Slash seems not to mind much and definitely doesn t sound like a guy who s permanently invested in staying on the wagon, despite having almost died from cardiomyopathy at thirty five after two decades of the rock n roll lifestyle Drug and alcohol addiction aside, though, pretty much every aspect of his life sounds like a slog to me relentless touring, egotistic meltdowns, speedballing, crabs, being embarrassed in front of Metallica, dealing with Axl yeah, the payoffs are immense but this rock star shit just isn t for everyone While I understand it s the wet dream of leetle boys across the land or was now they probably all want to be DJs or hedge fund managers or something and also that earlier in my life I d have felt very differently, now I know I d be miserable if I had to live through than maybe a few months of this shit okay, let s be honest I wouldn t turn down a quick little stint The payoffs getting to feel cool as hell all the time, everyone including a limitless supply of beautiful women loving you, and being able to make a good living playing music, the last of which Slash does clearly love in a very real and pure sense just don t seem worth all the stuff that comes along with it to me.But they definitely do to Slash, who, as much as you can tell from this book, seems very happy And that s what ultimately is endearing about him, I think based on this book he truly does seem to be what he s supposed to be, a huge haired top hat wearing guitar playing icon who loves his rock n roll life, a life normal non rock gods like me and probably you like to read about but could never actually live.


  3. says:

    I like the kind of music Saul Hudson Slash is famed for making In fact, Guns n Roses was one of the first heavy bands I got hooked on in my teens, because even with all the boycotts and sanctions not to mention that the country was firmly in the grip of the Satanic Panic in fact there is a Wikipedia page just for this phenomenon in South Africa, which was the only country with an Occult Related Crimes Unit , Appetite for Destruction found its way here.I jumped at the opportunity to see Slash performing live with Kings of Chaos in Cape Town last year and it stands as one of the greatest concerts I ve been to my wife and I were right there in the front The tone of the book is neither boastful nor repentant Slash tells it like it is, without false modesty I appreciated the shooting from the hip approach, except possibly for one thing, namely the peer bashing It comes across as slightly narcissistic when every other band is rubbish and hateful except us Taking into account, however, the nature of the L.A scene at the time, and the larger than life personalities involved, it probably shouldn t be surprising that there would be some bad blood I noodle with the guitar a bit and I would have liked some insight into Slash s technique and approach, but he steers well clear of this kind of thing for the most part , opting to focus on the lifestyle and the people involved instead The book is sordid and tragic and funny and a whole lot of other things, but it provides a great snapshot of the musical scene at the time of what Slash refers to as the Guns n Roses Reign of Terror, i.e the 80s and very early 90s Something else that fans will want to read is the depiction of events leading up to the end of Slash s tenure with the band, and the issues with Axl Rose.If you enjoy old school hard rock music or if you are a fan of Guns n Roses Slash you should really check this book out I ll also never listen to Rocket Queen with quite the same ears again If, however, you have some prudish tendencies, just be warned this book doesn t pull any punches.


  4. says:

    I give this an extra star for the full page color photos Slash is a sexy, sexy man What s behind the untamed hair and top hat We ve all wondered The erratic curls part just enough to reveal sexy full lips Is he purposely teasing us Is he hiding something Slash lead guitarist of Velvet Revolver and the former Guns n Roses is one of the most enigmatic musicians of our time, and if you ve ever been enthralled by the opening notes of Sweet Child O Mine or wanted to know about the creator of the classic guitar solos from legendary albums Appetite for Destruction and Lose your Illusion I and II, you will enjoy this new memoir by Slash with Anthony Bozza, Rolling Stones magazine writer.In a laid back, conversational style, Slash recounts his fascinating life from his L.A childhood he used to shoplift snakes to the present, including a lot about Guns N Roses in their formative years like at one point he and Axl lived in a storage unit which was their rehearsal space with one hibachi grill that they never cooked on Izzy and Stephen did It was interesting to learn about the geneses of some of their songs and the behind the scenes situations, and Slash s perspective on the band s demise Various girlfriends are mentioned briefly, without much detail, until he talks about his wife We see the way his lifestyle overshadows his relationships and just how driven and obsessive Slash is about playing rock n roll There is a generous amount of glamorous photos the book is worth buying even if just for the pictures of Slash shirtless, in a guitarist s sexy back lean stance, playing on his instrument But this book is as much an addiction memoir as it is a rock n roll memoir He takes us through the darkest times of his love affair with heroin, and Vodka and although a good chunk of the book seems disappointingly vague because he was too wasted to remember much detail, My memory of the events is hazy there is one crazy hallucination story that just tops it all It s astounding how much abuse his body took But that aside, his integrity as a musician comes through on every page Even if he had an appetite for destruction he tells of purposely destroying hotel rooms, apartments and rental vans he was creating, at the same time, what would become classic rock metal music So destructive in one setting, yet so creative in another That s just one of the things to think about after you read this book Wild, irresponsible, dangerous that is Slash, and yet on the first page he gives a disclaimer of sorts when he reveals that he has a pacemaker in his heart, due to years of abusing his body In other words, emulate at your own risk.


  5. says:

    I am a huge gnr fan and I have to say that I am terribly disappointed with this book I could not wait to be done with it I always found Slash to be, besides Axl, the most articulate of the band This is the reason I wanted to read this book But his articulation didn t lend itself well to the written word This book is so badly written that is reads like a blog or email message badly written blog or email message, that is The storytelling is horribly tedious and focuses on so much minutia that it renders each story boring This book doesn t do a good job of painting the picture, esp of 80s LA rock scene and it lacks any connective tissue to tie everything in rather it just chronicles events in a list like fashion Instead of building up to detailed accounts of interesting events, which there should be many, Slash just retells the same story of getting high and getting straight Slash also has a strange way of pinpointing the exact locale of every event He even sometimes remarks about what is currently at the particular location, which is completely uninteresting to someone who has never been to LA The book is mostly chronological, but it does jump around a bit, too a lot of annoying i ll get to that later phrases , which is disconcerting but the least of the book s problems Many reviewers have mentioned Slash s lack of fact checking and Slash s claims of his memory of certain situations being hazy bring into question the validity of this memoir I was surprised that Slash doesn t consider his drug problems to be that serious, especially since he now has children, and that leads me to believe his sobriety won t last The cliche rock star hotel trashing recounts were annoying and dull Its strange that Slash doesn t seem remorseful for much of anything even though he s acted like a juvenile delinquent most of his life This book lacks perspective and probably should have been written by Slash much later in life I d recommend this to a gnr fan because it sheds some light on their dysfunction, their early years and the strange but interesting way they wrote music together , but anyone else, don t bother.


  6. says:

    I swear, I do read than just rock biographies just not lately I guess.I asked for this book for Christmas and my mom told me she was totally embarrassed about buying it personally, I don t think anyone should be ashamed of being associated with old school Guns N Roses though being associated with the current incarnation is than a little embarrassing didn t Axl recently get his ass handed to him by Tommy Hilfiger anyway I ll start this review the way I m sure I ll start any other review of a rock biography at least until something better than The Dirt comes along it s no The Dirt, but it s pretty good.it s clear from the beginning of the book that Slash was always headed for trouble, and that makes it an incredibly compelling read by his mid teens he s already doing drugs harder than I ve ever done, riding around on his BMX bike, being chased by the cops and generally looking for trouble by 19 he s in Guns N Roses and the trajectory pretty much goes upwards from there.Guns N Roses in its heyday, not the bastardized lineup Axl Rose is prancing around with masquerading as GNR these days was a band full of intense, conflicting characters, maybe even so than M tley Cr e, so there s no shortage of drama there most of the book, however, focuses less on the band and on Slash s personal struggle with heroin addiction if, while reading, I took a shot of JD every time Slash describes being in a dark place or a dark time, I would probably be a functioning alcholic by the end of the book at times it s a little repetetive, but it definitely paints a strong picture of what he was going through at the height of his fame Slash has a tendency to talk himself in circles, so there s a lot of but I ll get to that later happening in this book he always does get to it, sometimes it s just in an especially roundabout way also, there are a couple of fact checking problems in the book, like when Slash claims that Jim Foote, who built the guitar he plays on Appetite For Destruction, is dead Jim Foote builds my boyfriend s guitars and is still very much alive and apparently has been getting a lot of crap from his clients about being written off as dead in Slash Jim said it s because Slash has a bad memory and his co writer didn t do enough research on the things that Slash told him, which makes me wonder how many other factual discrepancies might be in the book not a big deal though the general story obviously stands.honestly, once Slash leaves Guns N Roses, the story is over for me I muddled through the chapters about Slash s Snakepit and Velvet Revolver and came out with some tidbits and funny anecdotes, but that was about it.I enjoyed this book and I feel like I know about Guns N Roses for it, but I think I was expecting it to be of a biography on GNR and not quite as Slash centric I don t know why, after all, the fucking book is called Slash so that s my bad, Slash, not yours.


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    Sex As we mixed down the song Rocket Queen , Axl felt that the bridge needed something some other element to elevate the drama He suggested that his girlfriend Adrianna Smith, who was with us in the studio that day, fuck him in the live room so that we could record her vocals and layer them over the breakdown So we lit some candles for atmosphere, then she and Axl went out into the live room, got down on the floor by the drum riser, and we recorded Smith s performance in all of its honest moaning and groaning Enjoy it it s right there in the final mix. p 180 Drugs A doctor installed a defibrillator in my heart when I was 35 Fifteen years of over drinking and drug abuse had swollen that organ to one stop short of exploding When I was finally hospitalized, they told me I had six days to six weeks to live. p VIII Rock n Roll Axl remembered a riff that I d played him when he was living over at my mom s house We were sitting around rehearsal looking to write something new when that riff came to Axl s mind I started playing it and instantly Steve came up with a beat, Duff joined in with a bass line, and away we went I kept throwing parts out to build on it the chorus part, the solo, as Axl came up with the lyrics Duff was the glue on that song he came up with the breakdown, that wild rumbling bass line, and Izzy provided the texture In about three hours, the song Welcome to the Jungle was complete The arrangement is virtually the same as it appears on the album. pp 108 9 But there s It would actually be unfair to leave it at that Yes, there is the debauchery, the indifference to your own health, and the natural musical gift But this is not all that we can learn about Slash from his biography There is an important thing missing And it is this Throughout the biography, we sense that Slash is true to himself, and that he knows who he is He was never tempted to jump on the bandwagon of popular fashions in music to fulfill his dream and become a rock musician Indeed, this was not even his dream being a rock guitarist is just who he is As far as we can tell from his account, he remained true to himself at all times, he knew who he was, and he knew what he needed If I knew nothing else about the man, that would be enough to inspire me And what I do know about him, is not enough to diminish that.So I leave you with three quotes Know who you are My wife, Perla, had the record company remake me platinum copies of all of my records She hung them on the wall leading up the stairs in our house I think they lasted a week they drove me so nuts I took them down one night and put them in storage I don t need accolades on the wall to remind me who I am. p 215 Know what you need You can t wait around for destiny to give you what you think you deserve, you have to earn it, even if you think you ve paid your dues. p 417 Get it By the time that Perla and London their first son and I were photographed for the cover of some baby magazine whose name I can t remember, I was totally into it That photo shoot wasn t the cover of Creem or Rolling Stone , but I was pretty excited we d hit the big time on the baby circuit And I was just as proud. p458


  8. says:

    slash was on loveline, back when it used to be on mtv in the mid 90 s, and he smoked the whole time he was on the show, dishing advice to quick boys and oversexed girls, and his face was covered in hair, as usual, and midway through a sentence he leaned over and his cigarette fell into his boot and the crowd gasped and then got real quiet for about 20 seconds and then he leaned over, pulled the still smoking cigarette out of his boot, put it back into his mouth, leaned back and said happens all the time, man happens all the time.


  9. says:

    I actually enjoyed this book than the three stars would indicate because I m a big GNR fan and enjoy reading about people drinking, fucking and doing drugs until their livers, blood vessels and wangs fall off But asking Slash to author an auto biography is predictably going to end up like this I picked up a guitar when I was young and was good at it Then I had sex with a bunch of girls and did a lot of drugs Then I drank a gallon of vodka every day All the while, I was still really good at playing the guitar Axl Rose is an anti social douche but a very talented musician I met some other people who are like famous and shit I did drugs and drank with them too And one time I ended up naked from the drugs But now I m clean and still good at guitar so, you know, don t do drugs And shit In other words it was a fun book to read if you re a GNR fan, but not exactly well written and certainly not substantial enough to justify the 450 pages.There is definitely a picture of his wife giving him analingus in public included in its pages though, so it s got that working for it.


  10. says:

    You know who was a great guitar player Slash Would that I could say he is as good a storyteller Instead he seems content to write what amounts to a 482 page Creem article The poor guy is so pickled, he can t even remember the name of his music school and by remember , I mean hire someone to research it for him so that he could at least avoid embarrassment in his own autobiography We should also wish this book s crappiness ends at poor storytelling, but it doesn t There is a fundamental failure of human depth here I look for two things in the autobiographies of mega stars Good anecdotes and a little bit of humility Even Keith effin Richards opened every section of the book by saying how lucky he was, how many talented musicians he played with and who were certainly just as, if not , deserving of fame Instead, Slash presents his story as proof that he is the chosen one who succeeds in spite of his relentless consumption of booze, drugs, and stupidity.


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