Most biographies of rock stars have one thing in common – they all tell us a story of their unhappy childhood and their rise to the top. Of course, there is a lot of struggle and a revelation of their true power and inner strength. Depravity, addiction, and debauchery are a few other elements that are also common in most of these books.
So is Slash Autobiography any different from other rock biographies? It is similar to other biographies because it talks about the early years of the star in England and how his life changed after he moved to Los Angeles. The biography gives details of the difficulties he had to face in his early years and how he went on to become the lead guitarist of Velvet Revolver and Guns N’ Roses.
Slash was born as Saul Hudson in 1965. His father was a British graphic artist while his mother was an American costume designer. When he shifted to Los Angeles in 1970s, he started hanging out with David Geffen and Joni Mitchell. After the divorce of his parents, his mother dated British musician David Bowie, who taught Saul the basics of being a rock star.
Slash teenage years were spent on street of Hollywood on unproductive activities like shoplifting and BMX racing. However, he’s discovered his love for guitar and joined a gang of street rats. This gang would go on to become the one of the greatest rock bands of its time – Guns N’ Roses. This rock band brought back danger and dirt of the old school at a time when most bands were becoming MTV-friendly. In the book, Slash does not talk much about the making of the monster album “Appetite for Destruction”. However, he does talk a lot about his appetite for drugs, sex, and booze.
Slash also talks about how his group specialized in self-inflicted debacles when they were not being transcendent. Money and fame were adversely affecting the group and they soon developed alcohol and heroin dependence.
In this book, Slash avoids talking about Axl Rose, who took control over the band’s name only to disappear after a few years. He does not give any insight into this character, but he says that he’s super intelligent. He believes that it is difficult to understand what was going on with Axl Rose. Slash is also diplomatic when he talks about the homophobic and racist slurs used by Rose in his album “One in Million”.
When you read the book, Slash has written with Anthony Bozza, you will find that Slash is not a bad guy, but he has a strong appetite for getting into trouble. He is humorous and does not mind joking even when he is talking about a serious problem in his life.
The book is an interesting personal account of the life, struggles, and triumphs of the lead guitarist of Guns N’ Roses. It talks about how he used drugs, alcohol, and women to escape the realities of life. Slash is a survivor who battled his demons to find his creative evolution.