[Book Review] Guns N’ Roses: The Band That Time Forgot
Title: Guns N’ Roses: The Band That Time Forgot: The Complete Unauthorised Biography
Author: Paul Stenning
Publisher: Chrome Dreams; Revised edition (September 28, 2005)
Both new and old incarnations of the explosive rock band Guns N’ Roses are discussed in this compelling biography. Featuring exclusive interviews with key players on their personal and musical histories and supplemental color photographs, this is a comprehensive look at where the band started, the reasons behind their infamous split in 1994, and what the original members are doing now. This fully revised edition contains information on the highly anticipated Summer 2005 release of Chinese Democracy, Axl’s first release in 10 years, as well as details of ex–lead guitarist Slash and ex–bass player Duff’s hot new band, Velvet Revolver.
Guns N’ Roses was named “The most dangerous band in the world”. They were Axl Rose, Slash, Duff, Izzy, and Steven, 5 bad boys from Hollywood. Axl and Izzy were high school buddies in Indiana, whereas Slash and Steven played bike and skateboard together.
They used to play small gigs in many clubs in LA: Troubadour, Whisky A Go-Go, Roxy, and the likes, they became crowds’ favorite.
Paul Stanley of Kiss was interested to produce their album, but the guys declined. Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue was offered to give some commercial touch, but he was so high on drugs, he was f*cked up, then turned it down, even though later GNR and Motley toured together.
The book was focused on Axl. I don’t mind, I’ve read Slash & Duff’s memoir.
During Appetite for Destruction & Live?! Like A Suicide, they guys were solid and stable. After huge success, some people said Axl started to behave like a superstar. He often came late to the concert, made the crowd angry and caused riots.
Axl had a complex personality. He was raised in a broken-home family, was sexually and physically abused. He’d been diagnosed manic depressive, then found solace through spiritual teachings. According to the book, Axl brought his own entourage during world tour, including spiritual teachers.
One by one, the original gunners left, either fired or quit. Tommy Lee once said that Axl had an LSD (Lead Singer Disease).
Axl’s antics caught people’s attentions, even more interesting than GNR’s music itself. The infamous “Chinese Democracy”, the full length album after Use Your Illusion, also brought people’s attention. Even Moby said the album would never happen. Perhaps, it has set a new record as the longest album in development as well as the most expensive, due to it taking so long to come out, giving Geffen a massive headache.
If you want to know more about Guns N’ Roses, you should read this book. Not as good as Duff’s “It’s So Easy (And Other Lies)” or Motley Crue’s “The Dirt”, but it’s an OK reading to learn about GNR’s brief history.