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Duff McKagan
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18 Oct 2012

Duff McKagan was a co-founder of Guns N' Roses, with a 13-year tenure on bass in what was at the time the biggest band on earth. As well as pulling together the classic line-up (Slash on guitar, Steven Adler on drums, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin and vocalist Axl Rose), Duff was the unofficial musical director of the band and the most experienced musician, and played bass, drums and guitar, as well as co-writing many of the songs. Over the years, Guns N' Roses have broken many records in rock history - APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION is the most successful debut album in the history of recorded music; the band's 1991 records, USE YOUR ILLUSION parts 1 and 2, debuted at one and two on the album charts, a feat never achieve before or since; and their 28-month ILLUSION world tour is still the longest running concert tour in history.

Duff charts the rise of the group, and his own fall, as with success came heavy drinking and drug use, culminating in his hospitalisation for acute pancreatitis in 1994. Forced to sober up, Duff started taking an interest in business, eventually completing a degree in economics and making a killing on the stock market. He has since worked with Slash in another band, Velvet Revolver, and has continued to play with various artists over the last 15 years.

IT'S SO EASY (AND OTHER LIES) is the explosive memoir of a great rock musician who, against the odds, has lived to tell the tale.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (18 Oct 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1409127397
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409127390
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Today McKagan is very much a family man and this book, written without the aid of a journalist, doesn't shirk from examining his misbehaviours. (BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH 2012-10-15)

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Explosive autobiography of Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver bass guitarist Duff McKagan.

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5.0 out of 5 stars It's so Easy (and other lies) - Duff McKagen 14 Dec 2011
By Tubs
Format:Kindle Edition
Now, i read a lot of biographies and many of them music related and this is one of the best books I have read.

Duff draws you into his story. It is superbly written and the beginning half of the book floats between two different times in his life sublimely. This isn't a story about Gun's n Roses, this is a story about a mans journey through life.

This book has everything you expect. There is the humble beginnings, the lust make a living from playing music, the drugs, the near misses and there is the redemption - then there was something I hadn't expected. It is actually very inspiring.

I don't want to give too much away of Duff's story. Just buy this book! I can't recommend highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very inspiring read! 31 Dec 2011
I have read a number of 'Rock' autobiographies over the years and expected this to be just another rock 'n roll story. But how wrong I was. This is genuinely a very inspiring read and I was left really amazed of how someone can turn their life around in such a dramatic way. It is also quite emotional to read as its such a 'real' story- with a lot of the rock autobiographies, they can often just whinge and seem almost ungrateful about the fame and wealth which can be off-putting - this book however mentions things that we all can relate to such as parents, money worries, raising children, realising that we should have tried harder at school, death of a loved pet etc. It was this kind of 'every-man' quality that really endeared me to Duff and made it such a good read.
It is also one of the few books I have read where it almost is a music- history book- you really get a feel of what life was like in the late 1970's Seattle Punk Scene, life in 1980's LA and the 1990's Grunge scene, in a way that I have never gotten from a autobiography before which also added another interesting layer to it.

Overall, I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who just wants to read a realistically inspiring book as well as anyone who loves the 'Rock' autobiography genre as they definitely won't be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One in a million 6 Feb 2013
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I am not the biggest Guns n Roses fan in the world so when I first picked up its so easy(and other lies) I wasn't quite sure what to expect.
After having read Motley crue's the dirt, Nikki sixx's heroin diaries and Tommy Lee's Tommyland I thought this might be quite a tame read.
This book completely surprised me, it starts off with Duff preparing for his daughters 13th birthday party and the goes back to when he was a punk in high school. By the end of the 2nd page I was hooked. I didn't want to put this thing down, it's a true rock n roll rollercoaster ride from start to finish, covering the high and lows and everything in between. Including a chance meeting with an old band mate whilst on a business trip to the UK and cycling in a race across the Californian mountains.
I don't want to spoil all the fun but I would suggest to anyone who likes a good rock n roll biography to pick this book up and give it a read. It won't let you down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, rocking and humble 1 Dec 2012
I loved this book. What a journey. Well detailed, humble, genuine and interesting. Why read self help books when you can read the real thing? I travelled back to my teens when guns and roses where just breaking through here in England and shared Duffs anguish of wondering why it all fell apart far too soon. All in all a fantastic, thought provoking read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good ol' Duff 15 Oct 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Ahh, Guns n Roses, I'm 17 again! An interesting read and an overriding impression of a thoroughly decent guy.:) The transformation he wrought on himself is amazing - watch the Youtube interviews with him from his active addiction days (try the 'Cribs' one), and vids of him nowadays, to see!
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5.0 out of 5 stars DUFF MCKAGAN NO LONGER THE KING OF BEERS!! 12 Aug 2012
By nin/ja77 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
The Duff McKagan that reappeared in the mainstream in 2003 with Velvet Revolver looked a lot different than the man who we last saw in 1994. Gone was the gangly, puffy and bloated bass player who had trouble staying vertical as he played for Guns N' Roses instead he had been replaced by a lean, mean and shredded man who looked anything but bloated. Duff who one time had been known as "The king of beers" looked the picture of health. How had he gone about this transformation? Well all the answers are in his excellent autobiography "It's So Easy (And Other Lies)".

Duff who always brought the punk element to Guns N' Roses relives his past even though he is honest enough to admit there are bits he just can't remember as he was so messed up on a cocktail of drinks and drugs. A lot is covered in his book from his early days of growing up to starting out in bands hoping to make the big time, his love of Prince is well covered as well as his panic attacks he would suffer and of course the roots of Guns N' Roses. This probably could have been a problem with the book as if you are a Guns N' Roses fan you probably have read that whole story more than once, whether it Be in slash's book or one of the many books devoted to Guns N' roses career. But while it is covered it's more of less in the background, not that he doesn't discuss the whole rollercoaster ride of life on the road with GNR. After all it is during this time his serious addictions begin.

The most interesting period of the book is his time from 1994 when during time off from GNR his pancreatitis would explode and his battle to recovery is well detailed. It's during this time we really get to know Duff as he goes in to great detail as he begins on the road to sobriety and also what life without GNR meant to him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great insight into great band
Published 1 month ago by Mr. James S. Edmondson
5.0 out of 5 stars So Easy To Review This !!!
By far the best "rock" autobiography I've read. I've been so disappointed with other similar autobiographies that I nearly didn't buy this. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lynda T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Duff rules!
Great read so far - about half way through.
Published 2 months ago by Chad
5.0 out of 5 stars love
having read slash and axl's side of things i wanted to read duff's version of events. we'll never know exactly what happened but its a good read anyway
Published 2 months ago by Iona Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars bloody fantastic
An avid follower of G'n'R (I am almost 40 don't you know I couldn't get enough of this book. It's not all Guns. It's personal and it's brilliant. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Loaded like a freight train
A very enjoyable read. Have always loved G'n'R (especially Appetite) and as a bass player have always rated Duff as a player. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Johnny Boy
3.0 out of 5 stars It's So get a book written for you
Always loved GnR so I fancied a read. Most of the stories have been told from different perspectives but it was still a good insight into his views on the band's direction and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sensible buyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Exploding Guns
One of the best autobiographies of music related lifestyles and insights I have read.
McKagan spares no punches in this full on battering account of the rise and inevitable... Read more
Published 4 months ago by DMC Runner
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
As a fan of GNR from the 80s(especially Slash and Duff)I wasn't disappointed.He comes across as a nice family man,and I find it funny when he says his daughters think he's a dork.
Published 6 months ago by f1000
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable to read, with a refreshingly different angle on the...
Having read Rex Brown's autobiography just before this one (he was the bass player in Pantera) I didn't go into the Duff McKagan work with particularly high expectations. Read more
Published 6 months ago by N. Gilmartin
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