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  • ISBN 145160663X
  • ISBN13 978-1451606638
  • Language English
  • Author Duff McKagan
  • Publisher Touchstone; Second Edition edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Pages 384
  • Formats lit docx rtf mobi
  • Category Photography
  • Subcategory Music
  • Size ePub 1964 kb
  • Size Fb2 1593 kb
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 626

A founding member of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver shares the story of his rise to the pinnacle of fame and fortune, his struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction, his personal crash and burn, and his phoenix-like transformation via a unique path to sobriety. In 1984, at the age of twenty, 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 L.A. 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 GN’R’s 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 GN’R 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 led to his 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 readers on his 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 McKagan writes about his alcohol addiction and his dances with death.

This book isn’t really that, though. Duff McKagan writes about his alcohol addiction and his dances with death. He writes about how he overcame it all and has to tell himself every day that he’s an addict. Did you ever think a memoir could be a page-turner?

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In It's So Easy, Duff recounts GN’R’s 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 GN’R 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 led to his unique path to sobriety and the unexpected choices he has made for himself since.

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Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets . Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading It's So Easy: and other lies. Duff McKagan was the bass guitarist in the most successful rock band of all time, Guns N' Roses, and also played in Velvet Revolver with Slash (also of G N'R fame). He Lives in Seattle with his wife and two daughters, and hosts rock specials on Seattle's main rock station KISW and writes columns for various publications, including PLAYBOY.

In It’s So Easy, Duff recounts Guns’ unlikely trajectory to a string of multiplatinum albums, sold-out .

In It’s So Easy, Duff recounts Guns’ unlikely trajectory to a string of multiplatinum albums, sold-out stadium concerts, and global acclaim.

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Reemiel
I've been on a rockstar bio kick for a couple of months now and have read several of them. Duff's book is interesting but I hate to say somewhat formulaic and very self-consciously written.... It's almost as if he is keenly aware of the conventions of the 'bio genre' and tries very hard to stick to them. Every life changing moment has to come with an epiphany of some sort. "Once I saw my kid after they were born, everything changed instantly"....."I went back to college to study finance and now suddenly I'm a financial wizard"......etc...There are a lot of motivational speaking type quips about pushing yourself to the limit through fitness and it gets very very repetitive...For the last 100 pages or so, it's as if nothing new happens in his life.....His time in Velvet Revolver (which briefly highlights Scott Weiland's destructive tendencies through Duff's sober eyes) gets quickly glossed over....And then it suddenly all ends and of course with a positive, uplifting finale. Surprisingly, there was not much new information on the inner workings of Guns N Roses either which is disappointing but somewhat telling. It was a fast, quick rollercoaster ride and many of participants didn't have time to reflect on what was happening to them until it was over. I thought that Slash's book covered their most creative and turbulent period much better and seemed much more raw, honest and streetwise.

The most interesting part of Duff's bio is definitely when he talks about his panic attacks and how he believes that it is rooted in witnessing his father's infidelities as a child. This is when he is at his most exposed and most vulnerable, but again, he quickly pulls back and sugar coats it all. He writes that he 'forgave his dad and moved on'. I wish that he had explored this period of his life much more deeply than he did. Perhaps the pain and the shame of this period runs too deep? Who knows. Only Duff knows I guess.

Much stronger biographies that I read of late are Keith Richard's Life (excellent), Paul Stanley's A Life Exposed (great when Paul talks about coming to terms with his ear deformity much later after he had achieved everything that he wanted to in life), Lemmy's White Line Fever (unapologetic, raw and bare bones...much like the man and his music) and Mike Oldfield's Changeling (probably the best written, most psychologically complex and most enlightening biography written by a musician that I have read in a long time).

We naturally gravitate towards reading about musicians because we want to know what makes them tick and understand why they make the decisions that they do. As much as I wanted to like it, this bio seemed to be safe and in the end strictly written by the numbers. Duff btw comes across as a much more interesting person when he is being interviewed about his life than when he is writing. He may be trying too hard to be a wordsmith now, what with all of the books and the newspaper column that he has been releasing lately....
Ranterl
I suppose I could wait until I'm done with the book to write this review, but I'm halfway through and I think I've got a good grasp of the book.

This book is fantastic. It would be interesting for someone who isn't even a GN'R fan because it is written so well from Duff's perspective and the feeling's he experienced along the way, from growing up in Seattle to his moving to L.A. and eventually forming GN'R. You root for him, you feel empathy for him, you care about him.

I'm at the point where the band is just starting to fall apart, and I can't wait to read this insider account. I fell in love with GN'R when I was 12. My dad flipped out when he saw them on MTV and I knew all of their names. This was not appropriate for a 12 year old Jehovah's Witness! He cancelled MTV. lol But my friend had given me the tape and I made a copy and I labeled it something other than GN'R. (I quit being a JW a few years later and my taste in music grew even harder). I remember reading the rumors and hearing the news about AXL not performing well, or not performing whole sets, or not performing at all. Like I said, I'm looking forward to this current section in the book for the behind the scenes perspective.

Also, I recommend the Documentary on Netflix of the same title with Duff reading portions of the book to an acoustic backing by his current band, Loaded, of GN'R songs and songs from Velvet Revolver. It's accompanied by apt animations and interviews with Slash, Matt Sorum, etc. I saw the Doc first, then rewatched it, then ordered the book!

You will not regret buying this book, whether you're a GN'R fan, a fan of rock bands and how they form and get signed and the journeys they go on, or a fan of autobiographies that are well written and extremely interesting.
Dolid
I thought that Duff did a good job of covering the main points of the band's history. You get to see GNR go from living and rehearsing in a self storage space to the decadence of the Use your Illusion days, all the way to the breakup. In the same way, he did a good job of telling about his life from childhood, his days living in squalor trying to get a band together, and the transformation he made into a sober, married father of 2 daughters. However, I just wish he would go into detail about certain things more. It seems like he's so used to crazy things going on around him that it just isn't a big deal to him, so it's those very things that he tends to skim over. 'Yeah, well, Axl trashed the rehearsal space, and got into a fight with a girl we befriended...', and then when it comes to the completely mundane, like parenting and his battle with drugs, he seems to go on about it forever. As a result, I didn't think the book was as interesting as it could have been, but I like how he shed a good and honest light on all his former members, and didn't engage in any bitterness. He was very objective, and comes across as an honest, humble, very determined person. Although there's some bulk I would take out of this book, it's worth it to get it just to see GNR hitchhiking to gigs, or eating raw onions stranded out in a field. And most importantly, to see what happened with the band from one of the member's point of view.