This is the book I am currently reading. The autobiography of Slash, the lead guitar player from Guns 'n Roses. For those of you that know me, personally or from visiting me here, I am sure it seems like the obvious choice for me as I am such a rock chick. (She says with tongue firmly implanted in cheek, although if you saw the picture of my husband when we first started dating you may have mistakenly taken me seriously on the rock chick thing.) No, it is not my devotion to eighties/early nineties rock(although I am more well versed on rock than I probably care to be because of said husband) that caused me to want to read this tome; I blame it on Guitar Hero. My son is very devoted to Guitar Hero and all music associated therein, especially GNR/Slash. Think "Sweet Child of Mine" being played over and over and over and over and over again. It was like I had been transported back to high school when "Guns" were in their heyday. I was quickly reminded of how sick I was of that song when it was popular the first time around. Guess what....still sick of it. It has been kind of fun too though to relive some of the music through my son's eyes. Therefore, when I was listening to my favorite talk radio station one day a few months back and Slash was being interviewed about his book, I decided to listen. I really liked what he had to say, he seemed professional and down to earth, so I decided it might be a fun read. Apparently so did the rest of suburbia as getting it from our library took me about a month.
The subtitle of the book is "It seems EXCESSIVE...but that doesn't mean it didn't happen". I am thinking that "excessive" may be one of the largest understatements I have ever read. I am currently on page 67 and Slash has chronicled his life to age 15 at this point in the book. Think pot, free basing cocaine, acid, alcohol, loss of virginity, kleptomania, etc. etc., and once again...only on page 67 and he is 15! Holy sex, drugs, and rock and roll Batman! It is a 457 page book, so I am still hoping I will get to the down to earth guy I heard on the radio. It just seems it will be one heck of a crazy journey to get to him. My son keeps asking me if he can read it next, and if not, why not. Yeah, like that is going to happen (him reading it or me telling him why he can't) before he is at least 35 years old!