Slash

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9780061351426: Slash

It seems excessive…but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

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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HardCover. Pub Date: October 2007 Pages: 480 Publisher: It Books From one of the greatest rock guitarists of our era comes a memoir that redefines sex. drugs. and rock 'n' roll. For the first time ever. Slash tells down - to - earth stories about the tale that has yet to be told from the inside: how the legendary band Guns N 'Roses 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. Slash is a window into the world of the notoriously private guitarist and a front 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 ...

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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

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