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Rough life makes for a great read


I’m not always keen on rock biographies. Some, like The Dirt, which tells the sordid story of Mötley Crüe, is a great if at times unbelievable read. Others, like Two Sides to Every Glory, which chronicles AC/DC’s rise and then ignores most what happened after 1990, leave something to be desired.  And I’ll always have a soft spot for Hammer of the Gods, even though I think all the surviving members of Led Zeppelin have disavowed it.

As a sometime book reviewer for the Winnipeg Free Press, I occasionally get to write about a book like this — the autobiography of Guns ‘N’ Roses founding member Duff McKagan.

The following is republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 5, 2011 J7

Guns N’ Roses bassist rocks autobiography

Even a rock star can feel like a dork.

Guns N’ Roses co-founder and bassist Duff McKagan opens his self-deprecating memoir with his daughter’s 13th birthday party. While trying to stay out of sight so as not to embarrass her by his mere presence, he surprises two partygoers sneaking a kiss.

“My mind rushes through a checklist… of things I was doing at this same age,” he writes: boozing, smoking pot, dropping acid, snorting cocaine, stealing cars, having sex. These kids are just kissing.

Embarrassed, he mutters a quick, “Sorry,” and ducks back into the house.

To read more, click here.

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3 responses

  1. What a great book review! I honestly hadn’t heard this was out. It sounds like a fresh insight into what fame can do to a body (and soul). I’ll definitely have to check this out!

    February 24, 2012 at 9:58 am

  2. This sounds like a fascinating read. Excellent review!

    February 24, 2012 at 10:37 am

  3. Thanks, musatary and Lindsay — coming from two music bloggers, this is high praise indeed. Thanks for stopping by.

    February 26, 2012 at 11:32 pm

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