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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.

©2011 Duff McKagan (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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I listen to alot of autobiographies, probably 2 or 3 a month (depending on length). I dont often find my self composed to write a review but this book was brilliant. So good infact that, like Duff felt if he wasnt touring, I have a hole now that needs filling.

brilliantly written, am now a huge fan of the man that is Duff McKagan

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Loved this

The GnR stuff is great, and so is Duff's story of how he got himself sober and into biking and martial arts. An inspirational story. The narrator is fantastic, a perfect choice.

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Great listen for any music fan

As a GnR fan I thought this would be of relative interest and some easy listening. What actually happened is once I started listening I couldn’t stop! A great story (and humble) on the rise, peak, fall and redemption of not only a great musician but also a very interesting and dedicated guy.

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Fantastic

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.

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Awful

Terrible voice reading the story, I can't believe there is an American anywhere that speaks in this awful drone.

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loved it

totally loved every minute of this book, a really good insight to duffs life and guns n roses. would highly recommend, preferred this to the slash autobiography.

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Not bad

Entertaining listen, Duff's sorry comes across well but becomes a bit boring in parts. Good to listen at 1.8x speed

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Entertainment from the beginning

Loved this book, and highly recommended everyone to listen. Laughs all the way, with a few tears! Great story telling, keeps you gripped throughout

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Enjoyable

I know the big hits of G and R but I've never really followed them. I bought this book in the sale and was pleasantly surprised. Duff has lived life to the full through really difficult times and has come out the other side. I found this book incredibly interesting and didn't want to put it down. The narrator was perfect for the job

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Brilliant

This was not what I expected. I bought for the story of Guns n Roses but got much more. Duff is far more complicated than I imagined and an inspiration to anyone looking to turn their life around. Articulate, creative, determined, flawed are words than can be used to describe him. Overall, honesty is the most apt word to use. Duff doesn't shy from admitting his mistakes (of which there were many) and taking ownership of them. A far more interesting listen than I expected and I am happy to recommend to everyone.