Duff McKagan's new memoir, It's So Easy: and other lies, is a brutally honest look at life in rock'n'roll, his massive substance abuse and near destruction from it and ultimate redemption.
"Nobody dreams of being addicted."
My former colleague forwarded me an email about would I be interested in a new memoir by ex-Guns N' Roses bassist, Duff McKagan. I remember her slyly smiling as if to say, "What will you do with this one, Mr. Lange?"
To be honest, I didn't know either. GN'R weren't exactly my cup of tea back in the day, but on a lark, I sent an email to the publicist saying 'yes' to what I considered was a chance to read what might be a Spinal Tap-ish vanity publication by some empty-headed rocker. Besides, it was free.
Boy, was I wrong.
There is nothing vain or self-congratulatory about this compelling tale of a relentless ambition to first break into the Seattle punk scene and then to form Guns N' Roses, whose meteoric rise came with a heavy personal cost to McKagan.
Note: this cautionary tale pulls no punches and is not for younger readers.
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