My Appetite for Destruction: Sex, and Drugs, and Guns n' Roses
My Appetite for Destruction Sex and Drugs and Guns n' Roses Author:Steven Adler No secret is too dark. — No revelation too sick. But you must have the appetite for it. — After forty years, twenty-eight ODs, three botched suicides, two heart attacks, a couple of jail stints, and a debilitating stroke, Steven Adler, the most self-destructive rock star ever, is ready to share the shattering untold truth in My Appetit... more »e for Destruction.
When Adler was eleven years old he told his two closest friends he was going to be a rock star in the world's greatest band. Along with four uniquely talented—but very complicated and demanding -- musicians, Adler helped form Guns N' Roses. They rose from the streets -- primal rockers who obliterated glam rock and its big hair to resurrect rock's truer blues roots.
They were relentless rock stars, onstage and off, taking "sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll" to obscene levels of reckless abandon. By the late 1980s, GNR was the biggest rock band in the world, demanding headlines, awards, and sold-out shows, with one of the greatest rock albums of all time: Appetite for Destruction. But there was a price to pay. For Adler, it was his health and his sanity, culminating in a brutal banishment by his once-beloved musical brothers. Adler digs deep, revealing the last secrets, not only his own but GNR's as well: Slash's betrayal, Axl's unpredictable temper, and Duff's revenge. He bares it all with this shocking fuck-the-fates expose that charts his meteoric rise and devastating collapse.
Adler was humiliated and disgraced when Axl Rose kicked him out of GNR in front of an MTV audience of millions. Adler plunged into the dark side, spending most of the next twenty years in a drug-fueled hell. But he finally beat his epic addiction to crack and heroin under the care of Dr. Drew Pinsky.
With Adler's newfound clarity comes a fierce determination to tell it all. Revelatory, heartbreaking, hilarious, and ultimately inspirational, you will never read anything more jaw-droppingly honest than My Appetite for Destruction.« less
I've got to admit when I saw this book offered on my library's e-book list I jumped at the chance to download it. Not because I was a big Guns N Roses fan growing up, I barely listened to the band and if I did it was only to hear their most famous songs at the time. No, the reason I wanted to read it was because I watched Steven Adler's struggle with addiction on Celebrity Rehab. While I wanted this to be one of those books I just devour (no pun intended) I was suprised at how apathetic I was to his life and struggle. I think I've narrowed it down to the fact that when he tells a story of something going wrong it's because he chalks it up to his crappy luck. In every story he comes out as the one that was wronged. Yes, he knows that he did wrong but really their wrong was worse than his. Or so he would like to believe. I'd love to see him finally battle his addiction but he even says that he's now clean and sober not because he truly wants to be but because if he messes up he's looking at mandatory jail. If you're looking for a book that is literally about sex, drugs and rock and roll this is for you.