It's So Easy by Duff McKagan
and other lies

80%

8 Critic Reviews

Though it's the guiltiest of pleasures, It's So Easy is the kind of indulgence I'm willing to allow myself from time to time, if only because it's intoxicating...to revisit an age when rock music was still dangerous and politically incorrect...
-NPR

Synopsis

In his New York Times bestseller, Duff McKagan, founding member of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver, shares the story of his rise to fame and fortune, his struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction, his personal crash and burn, and his life-saving 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 LA 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.
 

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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 Seattleweekly.com and ESPN.com. McKagan lives in Seattle with his wife, supermodel Susan Holmes McKagan, and their two daughters. Visit Duff-ItsSoEasy.com.
 
Published October 4, 2011 by Touchstone. 386 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for It's So Easy
All: 8 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Above average
on Sep 20 2011

McKagan doesn't add much to the oft-told GNR story...

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Blog Critics

Good
on Oct 02 2011

Duff McKagan lived the dream...If this sounds like the “feel good” story of the year, then so be it. The conclusion of his tale certainly made me feel good.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Alex Stone on Feb 03 2013

Though it's the guiltiest of pleasures, It's So Easy is the kind of indulgence I'm willing to allow myself from time to time, if only because it's intoxicating...to revisit an age when rock music was still dangerous and politically incorrect...

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AV Club

Good
on Oct 05 2011

...his robust, understated first-person account of life in and around his iconic rock band grounds the cumulative Guns N’ Roses mythos and reinforces its seeds in a street-level punk ethos.

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Annenberg Digital News

Good
on Oct 04 2011

It’s the raw and uncensored journey into the life of a man that rises from the depths of despair into the throes of paradise.

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The Nervous Breakdown

Excellent
on Oct 29 2011

...it’s a truly amazing journey with a thoroughly likable protagonist, life-and-death stakes and an unexpected, deeply-satisfying ending...

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Swaggakings

Good
on Jun 25 2012

“It’s So Easy and Other Lies” by Duff McKagan is a recommended read for anyone as with each page the author gives the complete story...in a way that you feel that it is being shared over a cup of coffee.

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Culture Brats

Good
on Oct 04 2011

It's a fascinating read worth picking up if you're a fan of Guns N' Roses, rock and roll (he interacted with a bunch of famous musicians from other bands), and a good old fashion American redemption tale.

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