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It's So Easy (and Other Lies): The Autobiography [Anglais] [Broché]

Duff McKagan

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18 octobre 2012

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 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 readers 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.
--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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Revue de presse

"You’ll read this memoir from the former Guns N’ Roses bass player for the sex, drugs, and rock and roll, but you’ll remember it for what comes after—recovery, family, and fulfillment.” (Los Angeles Magazine)

“In a book that mourns friendships and talent lost to drugs, his transformation is a relief and an inspiration. McKagan writes with honesty and even humility, seemingly refreshingly devoid of rock star egomania.” (Shelf Awareness)

“Honest, well-written…McKagan is surprisingly self-aware and candid, and he doesn’t let himself off the hook easily.” (Publishers Weekly)

“In his solid debut, the author…proves himself to be a legit writer.…McKagan has a nice eye for details and a surprisingly good memory. He’s proudly raw and harsh, refusing to hold back in terms of language and content…fans will be thrilled by this honest, detailed memoir."
(Kirkus Reviews)

“Fans will love the descriptions of the struggles and early triumphs of GNR, but McKagan's descriptions of his equally driven efforts at self-transformation are just as compelling (particularly his meditation on the redemptive power of reading and the satisfaction he receives in his intellectual as well as physical revitalization). Verdict: Rock fans—and would-be rockers—will find much to savor here. McKagan has packed a lot into his life and a lot of his life into this book. Readers will enjoy the ride.” (Library Journal)

“McKagan recounts his (tale) with flamboyance and an engaging wit.” (Booklist) --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

Biographie de l'auteur

Duff McKagan played bass for Guns N’ Roses for twelve years and co-wrote many of their most iconic songs. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Duff formed Velvet Revolver with his former band mate Slash and fronts his own band, Loaded. He writes weekly columns for and McKagan lives in Seattle with his wife, supermodel Susan Holmes McKagan, and their two daughters. Visit --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I *LOVED* this book! 6 octobre 2011
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Duff, dude, you tell a great story! I was a little leery of a buying this book, but I am such a fan of the genre of biographies and I do know the lyrics to a couple of GN'R songs, so I thought... what the heck! I was pleasantly surprised. I had no idea this guy could write, much less tell a story in such a way you find yourself not wanting to put the book down. The book flows very well, it's nicely put together and edited. I've even recommended my 60 year old mother read it (she's a big fan of bio's as well). This is the best book I've read in a while. From living in filthy back-alleys of LA to rocking the largest stadiums in the world... it's a fascinating story and McKagan tells it well. I was hooked after the first chapter, I was so surprised. I really didn't expect to like this book as much as I did. I bought this book on my Kindle the first day it was released (Oct. 4) and here it is 2 days later and I finished it already. Buy this book, especially if you are a fan of GN'R or a fan of well-written biographies.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Get in the Ring: Duff on Duff 10 octobre 2011
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I the course of his reflections on his life so far, McKagan observes that the best years--the finest hour--for Guns N' Roses was short--perhaps terribly so. A scant three years before whatever combination of egos, not-so-managers, greed, and addictions swept away whatever spark had been lit on that fateful afternoon in 1985. Unsurprisingly, his memoir features much from those three years, though he also carries readers through it quickly--a whirlwind of energy and possibility-before the tone shifts to one of bewilderment.

Part of what makes McKagan's memoir different from others that preceded it--two memoirs having been published by AFD-era band members already, after all--is his tone. He matches the mood with the moment throughout. One can feel his anguish over the deaths of the fans in 1988 at Monsters of Rock (I would have like too have seen acknowledgment of the the band's subsequent choice to capitalize on the story in the inclusion of the footage of that particular show in the Riefenstahl-esque video "Paradise City" video, but that' my hang up) and the trepidation that it could happen again. All of the memoir, even as we head toward a predictably successful end (there are, after all, really only two ways to end a memoir that centers around addiction--and autobiographies generally do end on an upswing), has a wash of vulnerability, particularly in the ever-present threat of panic attacks, but he deftly matches mood and moment throughout--one can sense the discomfort in telling some of the tale. He recounts stories that are terribly familiar to addicts of all stripes--propelling through life on fear and just reacting to stimuli over and over again (or, conversely, drowning the stimuli--turning the volume down on life as far as can be managed).

Too, his stories don't focus on much the debauchery for which the band was famous, or, as he observes, he tells familiar stories through a lens that even the old-school fans may not have seen. One leaves with the sense that much (and at certain points everything) in his life was decided by his addictions--even his second marriage. McKagan strives to be honest, but also likeable--which he certainly is throughout the book. As with his posts as Seattle Weekly (where I first encountered his writing), he cracks jokes at his own expense (especially when dealing with his teenage driving habits), and clearly he writes with his daughters in mind. Someday, he notes, someday they may want to read this. And the mindfulness of that is visible in the hand that crafts the stories he tells.

Of the three AFD-era band members published so far, I enjoyed McKagan's the most. Adler's was painful in a I-can't-even-finish-it sort of way, and while I enjoyed much of Slash's book, I too often felt like I was reading Anthony Bozza--particularly in the . Folks who have followed McKagan's post Guns-career and especially his writing will be unsurprised by how engaging the book is; folks who recall only the Duff of Use Your Illusion will be stunned. Readers looking for more salacious detail about the band once heralded as the world's most dangerous will be disappointed. The memoir treads lightly--for the most part--there.

McKagan's voracious reading habit shows throughout the book, and if I still don't fully understand his author-worship of Cormac McCarthy, I can more clearly see why he his drawn to him and Hemingway and Krakauer and others who have sought--as McKagan does, to define and discern masculinity in their own terms. And if I don't always agree with the conclusions he draws on that front (here included), I appreciate that here and elsewhere, McKagan presents an open-mind and the heart of both a teacher and a student.

As ever, thank you for sharing, Duff.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 It's So Easy ...To Enjoy This Book 7 octobre 2011
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I was at the Strand Book Store in NYC the day this came out on Oct 4th and had a chance to meet and listen to Duff talk about the inspiration for this book with Rolling Stone writer David Frick. I am a huge fan of GN'R, Velvet Revolver and Loaded but musicians are not always that interesting on paper. I was happy to learn upon reading this book that Mr. McKagan is a fantastic story teller. This book is an enjoyable and incredible journey to super stardom with many of the pitfalls that plague rock stars. I was impressed to learn that he studied business at Seattle University and now contributes to columns on finance that include Playboy. If you are fans of any of the bands Duff was in or just enjoy to read a personal journey on the rock n roll highway then read this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Not a fan of his music, big fan of his book 10 novembre 2011
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To say I was pleasantly surprised by this book is understating it. I am not a fan of Guns 'N' Roses or Velvet Revolver at all but I found Duff McKagan's book both fascinating and inspiring. Unlike other rock stars (Slash & Ace Frehley for example) he truly takes responsibility for the way he messed up his life (and for the effects his actions have had on the people close to him). The way he climbs out of the deep dark hole he is in and then turns his life around is awe-inspiring.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Blast to Read! 27 novembre 2011
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This is much more than a book about a musician. Its a book about an inspirational life story. And it is a great deal of fun to read - I could not put it down! Duff's story will appeal to fans of Guns N Roses, sure, but it will appeal to anyone who enjoys a well written story of an interesting life. One of the things I found most enjoyable about the book is the feeling that you really get to know Duff. Having seen him in concert before, it is only after reading his book that I felt like he'd be someone I would really enjoy meeting and spending time talking to. A very compelling book. Way to go Duff!
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