Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan will be doing two east coast book signings early next month of his memoir “It’s So Easy: and other lies.”
Michael Andrew McKagan, better known to you and me and the rest of the world as Duff McKagan, is best known for his twelve years as the bassist for hard rock band Guns N’ Roses, from 1895 to 1997. During his tenure with the band, McKagan also released one solo album, titled “Believe in Me.” McKagan has been lead singer and rhythm guitarist for Loaded, the band he formed, since 1999. McKagan grew up in the University District of Seattle and moved to LA at the age of nineteen, where he met future band mates Slash and Steven Adler, by way of a newspaper ad for a bassist. From 2002 to 2008, he was the bassist for the supergroup Velvet Revolver, which he’d formed with former Guns N’ Roses band mates Slash and Matt Sorum, STP singer Scott Weiland, and Loaded guitarist Dave Kushner. They released their first album, “Contraband,” in 2004, and it sold two million copies, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Check out his discography after the jump. McKagan is a contributing writer for Playboy and also writes a column in Seattle Weekly. “It’s So Easy: and other lies” hits bookstores on October 4, 2011.
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From the Publisher
A founding member of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver shares the story of his rise to the pinnacle of fame and fortune, his struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction, his personal crash and burn, and his phoenix-like transformation via a unique path to sobriety.
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 GN’R’s 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 GN’R 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 led to his 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 his harrowing journey through the dark heart of one of the most notorious bands in rock-and-roll history and out the other side.
Guns N’ Roses
Appetite for Destruction (1987)
G N’ R Lies (1988)
Use Your Illusion I (1991)
Use Your Illusion II (1991)
The Spaghetti Incident? (1993)
Neurotic Outsiders (1996)
Dark Days (2001)
The Taking (2011)
Believe in Me (1993)