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Slash – Surviving Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and Rock’s Snake Pit

Slash – Surviving Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and Rock’s Snake Pit

By Paul Stenning

Independent Music Press

Even if you have never listened to rock and roll, Guns N’ Roses are a band that would have entered your ears at least once in your lifetime. For many rockers out there they are seen as one of the most influential rock bands of all time due to their incredible songs, dynamic swagger and charismatic band members. One member in particular will always spring to mind as you just cannot shut your eyes and picture Guns N’Roses without the enigmatic guitar presence of Saul ‘Slash’ Hudson.

Paul Stenning’s story of the afro sporting, Jack Daniels swigging, rock superstar delves into the background of Slash’s family roots and beyond covering the rise to world wide fame through signing to a major record label that came from their residency night at the world famous Trubadour Club, countless tour stories and friction between band members to the dark side of losing a life long band member to drug addiction, alcoholism and hoardes of groupies. It’s all in here and makes a compelling read.

The book references various quotes from magazines and websites and although it is not an exclusive dive into the mind of Slash in person, Stenning reveals facts about the most mysterious caner of rocks history you may not have known before. Did you know that Slash was born in Hampstead, grew up in Stoke-On-Trent and then moved to Los Angeles? Owned over 180 snakes? That the Editor of Crossfire’s best buddy was in line for the Velvet Revolver vocal job? There are plenty more facts in here that you will if you pick up this 200 page thriller.

We all need a pick me up now and then and this book is one of those you will not put down after the first page. Pick one up today.

Chuck Bangers
Sept 4th 2007