In his New York Times best seller, Duff McKagan, founding member of Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver, shares the story of his rise to fame and fortune, his struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction, his personal crash and burn, and his life-saving transformation via a unique path to sobriety.
In 1984, at the age of 20, Duff McKagan left his native Seattle - partly to pursue music, but mainly to get away from a host of heroin overdoses then-decimating his closest group of friends in the local punk scene. In LA only a few weeks and still living in his car, he answered a want ad for a bass player placed by someone who identified himself only as "Slash." Soon after, the most dangerous band in the world was born. Guns N' Roses went on to sell more than 100 million albums worldwide. In It's So Easy, Duff recounts Guns' unlikely trajectory to a string of multiplatinum albums, sold-out stadium concerts, and global acclaim. But that kind of glory can take its toll, and it did - ultimately - on Duff, as well as on the band itself. As Guns began to splinter, Duff felt that he himself was done, too. But his near death as a direct result of alcoholism proved to be his watershed, the turning point that sent him on a unique path to sobriety and the unexpected choices he has made for himself since. In a voice that is as honest as it is indelibly his own, Duff - one of rock's smartest and most articulate personalities - takes fans on a harrowing journey through the dark heart of one of the most notorious bands in rock and roll history and out the other side.
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Duff's a great bass player and tells a good tale of lows and highs and lows and highs of the life he has had so far. Very cool, and oddly, the narrator sounds like he could be Duff's brother or something. Really similar voice if a little deeper.
"A very inspiring memoir from a rockstar"
I have long been a fan of GNR. Duff has recently intrigued me with his financial business and interviews. He's a very intelligent individual, and this memoir has inspired me in ways I never thought possible.
The life he has lived is uncanny. It's literally unbelievable he is still alive, with how much drinking and drugs he used to do. The transformation he has made is unbelievable.
He goes into great detail about his early years in Seattle working in various punk bands, to becoming one of rock's biggest stars in GNR. He talks about the drugs, the drinking, and the women. He gives detailed information about why GNR broke up (complete lack of communication and egos), and how much he gave up of himself to drinking and drugs.
Now many years sober, he looks back on his mistakes and how he's turned his life around. Though I've never been addicted to anything in my life, it's truly inspiring to hear a firsthand account of how to beat addiction. Duff kicks his butt every single day, and is extremely motivated never to go down that path again.
This isn't a book just for GNR fans. I highly recommend it to anyone suffering from addiction as well. Duff never went through traditional 12 step programs, but found his solace through martial arts, yoga and meditation. It's very inspiring how he's transformed his life. I can't wait to get his new book now!
"This book just may save a life. "
Duff, I'd like to thank you from the bottom of my heart.
This read just brought my hope back. Boxing, Biking, Climbing. (meditation), which I'm familiar with....
My son and I used to practice Buddhism. I now know your aware of its teachings.
Buddhism sees life as a process of constant change,. I believe that one can change for the better.
My son is an addict. Heroin.
You just gave me a great idea for my son's recovery.
Duff, you're the real deal. Thankyou so so much!!!
"Pleasantly surprised,not just a rocker story!"
I listened to GNR music, but would not call myself a super fan. I saw an interview with Duff a few years back and thought the book might be interesting. Being my first 'life of a rocker' book, I did not have high expectations. Wow, I was wrong, it is a well written journey of his life, choices, mistakes... He should be extremely proud of his accomplishments in life! Nice job Duff.
Love the stories. Fascinating and well written.
It was good insight to what happened with G and R and VR.
I couldn't stop listening to this book. Amazing story that was powerful to hear how he changed his life for the better!
"if you like rock autobiographies this is for you"
I love Guns N Roses. I have been fascinated with them since I was 8 years old. Being able to hear how they got started was great. The beginning of the book is very good. You will wonder how he got through it.
"Most Inspiring Rock Autobiography I've Read"
I have read and listened to many musician autobiographies and this one really does stand out. This is because to me what is best about this book is actually everything that Duff did after leaving Guns N Roses. The way he transformed himself from an alcoholic and drug abuser through martial arts and reading really is inspiring and for me that was even better than the descriptions of his time in Guns.
I often find that many musicians spend way too long in their books talking about "crazy" tales of drugs and parties and they seem to forget why people want to know about them to begin with, which is that they make great MUSIC. Duff's book can be forgiven any scant details on the music side when it becomes clear that what is exceptional is the radical transformation he made in his or her life. That said, the early years leading up to GNR are well covered and you really get a sense of that world I think.
Very worthwhile getting this book, and the narrator was fantastic.
Duff could not have been more honest ...what a great book
Shows the true up and downs of a rock star
"Very interesting journey !!"
I always wondered what Duff and the guys were up to. I was in LA as GNR were gearing up. It was a great time. Duff looked really good at the reunion tour, Love the Prince symbol on his bass.
I was interested in the story because McKeegan seems like a down to earth intelligent guy. His stories of the error great. I think this book delivered and I enjoyed it.
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