Slash by Slash


From one of the greatest rock guitarists of our era comes a memoir that redefines sex, drugs, and rock 'n' rollHe was born in England but reared in L.A., surrounded by the leading artists of the day amidst the vibrant hotbed of music and culture that was the early seventies. Slash spent his adolescence on the streets of Hollywood, discovering drugs, drinking, rock music, and girls, all while achieving notable status as a BMX rider. But everything...

Details Slash

Release DateOct 30th, 2007
PublisherIt Books
GenreMusic, Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Memoir

Reviews Slash

  • Jennifer
    Well, Slash, holy fuck man! I sort of want to take you under my wing and give you a hug dude. But first, I want you to have a shower because you are dirty. And I don't mean that in a "dirty-sexy" way. I mean it in a "remember Pig-Pen from Charlie Brown, how filthy he was?" way. I would like to introduce you to soap and laundry detergent and, what the hell, underwear. I get that living on the road, touring, has its challenges. And I get that junki...
  • Dirk Grobbelaar
    I like the kind of music Saul Hudson / Slash is famed for making. In fact, Guns ‘n' Roses was one of the first “heavy” bands I got hooked on in my teens, because even with all the boycotts and sanctions (not to mention that the country was firmly in the grip of the Satanic Panic – in fact there is a Wikipedia page just for this phenomenon in South Africa, which was the only country with an Occult Related Crimes Unit), “Appetite for Dest...
  • Michelle
    I am a huge gnr fan and I have to say that I am terribly disappointed with this book. I could not wait to be done with it. I always found Slash to be, besides Axl, the most articulate of the band. This is the reason I wanted to read this book. But his articulation didn't lend itself well to the written word. This book is so badly written that is reads like a blog or email message (badly written blog or email message, that is). The storytelling is...
  • Sonia Reppe
    (I give this an extra star for the full page color photos: Slash is a sexy, sexy man). What's behind the untamed hair and top hat? We’ve all wondered. The erratic curls part just enough to reveal sexy full lips. Is he purposely teasing us? Is he hiding something? Slash (lead guitarist of Velvet Revolver and the former Guns n Roses) is one of the most enigmatic musicians of our time, and if you've ever been enthralled by the opening notes of Swe...
  • Sara
    I swear, I do read more than just rock biographies! just not lately I guess.I asked for this book for Christmas and my mom told me she was totally embarrassed about buying it. personally, I don't think anyone should be ashamed of being associated with old school Guns N' Roses (though being associated with the current incarnation is more than a little embarrassing -- didn't Axl recently get his ass handed to him by Tommy Hilfiger?). anyway. I'll s...
  • Mark Hebwood
    Sex As we mixed down the song "Rocket Queen", Axl felt that the bridge needed something; some other element to elevate the drama. He suggested that [his girlfriend] Adrianna Smith, who was with us in the studio that day, fuck him in the live room so that we could record her vocals and layer them over the breakdown. [...] So we lit some candles for atmosphere, then she and Axl went out into the live room, got down on the floor by the drum riser, a...
  • LooseLips
    slash was on loveline, back when it used to be on mtv in the mid 90's, and he smoked the whole time he was on the show, dishing advice to quick boys and oversexed girls, and his face was covered in hair, as usual, and midway through a sentence he leaned over and his cigarette fell into his boot and the crowd gasped and then got real quiet for about 20 seconds and then he leaned over, pulled the still smoking cigarette out of his boot, put it back...
  • Russell
    I actually enjoyed this book more than the three stars would indicate because I'm a big GNR fan and enjoy reading about people drinking, fucking and doing drugs until their livers, blood vessels and wangs fall off. But asking Slash to 'author' an auto-biography is predictably going to end up like this:"I picked up a guitar when I was young and was good at it. Then I had sex with a bunch of girls and did a lot of drugs. Then I drank a gallon of vo...
  • Nick
    You know who was a great guitar player? Slash. Would that I could say he is as good a storyteller. Instead he seems content to write what amounts to a 482-page 'Creem' article. The poor guy is so pickled, he can't even remember the name of his music school (and by "remember", I mean hire someone to research it for him so that he could at least avoid embarrassment in his own autobiography). We should also wish this book's crappiness ends at poor ...
  • Robyn
    read my progress tab...absolutely a waste of time. A repetitive story of doing drugs, smack, coke, drinking booze and fucking porn queens, strippers etc. If he had a vocabulary it would be a lot more interesting to learn how a guy living such a fucked up life made it into one of the best bands of the 90's. His recall is terrible and makes Keith Richard's "Life" read like least Keith can tell a story and captivate you and suck you...
  • K
    I guess I need to start with saying that Guns N' Roses is one of my favorite bands and I'm a sucker for autobiographies of junkie rockstars of that time. I thought this would be a great book.What a dissapointment it was. First of all, I felt like Slash took Anthony Kiedis's Scar Tissue and rewrote it - he only changed the names and made it 10 times worse. Then I changed my mind because Anthony focused mostly on drugs and selfanalysis, and Slash -...
  • James Hartley
    This was a good read, started slow, but built into a decent portrait of one of the most iconic rock guitarists of recent years. My version finished at the second Velvet Revolver album so not sure if theres an updated version out. Guns and other rock fans will get something out of this - its designed to evoke The Dirt, the Motley Crue bio, but has nothing of the freshness and punch of that. Its Slashs own story, his take on what went down, and you...
  • Reggie
    I have to believe the pitch to the Harper Collin publishing house went something like this: Tommy Lee "wrote" two books, I am sober an average of 5% of the time these days, Scott Weiland is a mess again, and Axl is still working on Chinese democracy somehwere . . . so yeah, I want to write a book. What's that, you say you love the idea? Great. Make sure the ghost writer likes to drink. Oh yeah, and about the money . . . . The book is definitely l...
  • Sandra Harvey
    This book reads like a blog. The storytelling focuses on so much on small detail it starts to get boring. Slash just retells the same story of getting high.The book does seem to jump from one thing to another. I'm surprised he can remember dates and places? Considering he was otherwise out of his box, at the time. Not that Slash doesn't consider his drug problems to be that serious!The rock star hotel trashing recounts were boring and not what I ...
  • Ed
    Of course, I'm automatically biased when it comes to Slash. He's my favorite guitarist and I've got a lot of respect for the man.I found his autobiography to be a genuinely good read. When Slash speaks, he always comes across as an intelligent, articulate person, and nothing has changed in the book. You can tell he was expecting some backlash over parts of this book, as he stresses several times that he wishes Axl no harm and has the utmost respe...
  • Bronwen
    I debated even adding this book to my Goodreads list. Do I really want to admit I read all 480 pages of Slash's memoir? Well, it was no better or worse than I expected it to be. but it was several hours of my life I can't get back.If you're only interested in the Guns n Roses years, skip to page 250. If you want to hear detailed accounts of everything Slash shoplifted as a 13 year old and every girl he dated as a teen, read the entire thing.
  • Liz
    After reading a series of intensely serious books (Into the Wild, The Nazi Officer's wife, and Under the Banner of Heaven), I was ready to indulge in a little mindless fun, so I thought, "Who better to provide that than Slash?".All I can say after reading this boring, almost screen play -like crap is that If you want to read a good hard rock book, read Motley Crue: The Dirt. Slash may have done a lot of drugs, but from what he tells us, he didn't...
  • Nikki
    Too much name-dropping, not enough gory detail, and wayyyyy too long. Motley Crüe still rules the juicy metal memoir.
  • Monica
    It seems excessive, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. From his childhood hanging around David Bowie, to his BMX days, to Guns and then Velvet Revolver, we follow Slash through his highly entertaining life. He was a vagrant who bounced around from place to place, and all he wanted to do was play guitar. We hear about the highs and lows of Guns N’ Roses, and we get new insight into Slash’s relationship with Axl, as well as what happen...
  • Suzette
    I was a fan of GNR back in the day and I have to say that I am terribly disappointed with this book. I could not wait to be done with it. This book is so badly written that is reads like a series of notes or even repetitive when he says "We'll get to that soon" and he never does. The storytelling is horribly tedious and focuses on nothing that would be of any interest other than the fact that he used drugs, didn't bathe and that was about it. I w...
  • Marita Hansen
    Loved it, will write a review... hopefully, when I get some free time.
  • Katja
    I had dragged my feet for a long time reading this book although it had been on my to-read list for a long time. Why? Well, Slash is definitely my favorite guitarist of all times and Guns N' Roses is one of my top three favorite bands, so there was a lot at stake here. I had already read Duff McKagan's book and knew the rough facts about the history of GNR (although Duff is such a nice, fair and level-headed guy that he didn't get into any dirt i...
  • Paula
    Ever since I was four, I have always worshiped Slash and Guns N' Roses. I remember hearing their song "Paradise City" in our stereo because my mother used to own a CD of their very first album "Appetite for Destruction. "Paradise City" was the first ever rock and roll song that made me perch up and listen, very intrigued, because of its awesomely heart-ripping guitar riff. Right then and there, a delinquent musician named Saul Hudson that isn't r...
  • Eric Althoff
    I'm of the opinion that most rock musician's stories are, by virtual necessity, identical. Young up-and-comer has a passion for playing, scrapes by, rises through the club scene, and then in their mid-20s finds himself suddenly famous and with more money, women, and drugs onhand than ever might have been imagined. Such is the case in "Slash," the legendary ax-slinger's autobiography (co-ghostwritten by a Rolling Stone contributor), detailing his ...
  • Merin
    While reading this, I couldn't help the comparisons between this and Nikki Sixx's The Heroin Diaries, which I LOVED. Overall, I think Nikki had a much more solid story, even though his only took place over one year of his life. He was much more straightforward regarding his drug abuse and addiction problems. Slash, on the other hand, talks about his entire life from his childhood all the way through 2007, when this book was first published, and a...
  • **Nicole
    "Sometimes the truth lies is in front of your eyes and makes so little sense that you just don't see it; it's like confronting your reflection in a fun-house mirror-it's hard to believe that the twisted figure staring back I syou. Guns had become a similar monster; we were such a bizarre version of what we once were that I could barely recognize us. But unlike the fun-house, I couldn't escape; when I turned away from the glass, the reflection was...
  • Cliff Hays
    Great book! It was fascinating to learn how GNR formed and what went on behind the scenes. The story of how the Use Your Illusion albums were made is awesome. I always wondered how they managed to release two incredible albums all at once in 1991. Learning of how and why they broke up was very interesting too, as it seemed that after The Spaghetti Incident they just silently vanished from view. Slash's writing style and storytelling is great. Oft...
  • Mike
    "What I learned from this book?"Don't do drugs Don't have sex with strippers Don't be in a band with Axl RoseIt's a pretty thick book and a little maddening to read about a guy making the same mistake(s) over and over and over and over and over again. The same addictions, different people around.