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My Appetite for Destruction: Sex & Drugs & Guns 'N' Roses [Hardcover]

Steven Adler
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5 Aug 2010

From original Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler comes the inside story of Guns N’ Roses through a new perspective and his own intense struggle with addiction.

Guns N' Roses is one of America's most successful rock bands, with estimated sales of 90 million albums worldwide. Steven Adler is the original drummer, with an infamous past of sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll that led to his removal from the band.

And here, for the first time, Steven Adler tells it all. In My Appetite for Destruction, he reveals his personal struggles with drug addiction, including the financial ruin he faced after being kicked out of Guns N’ Roses and the health problems that almost claimed his life several times – two heart attacks, a suicide attempt, and a debilitating stroke, as well as an epic 20-year addiction to crack and heroin.

Now clean and sober under the watchful eye of family friend Dr. Drew Pinsky, Steven wants to set the record straight on his life for all Guns N' Roses fans and anyone else who is interested in discovering what really happened during the rise and collapse of one of the greatest rock bands of all time.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (5 Aug 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0007368461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007368464
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 323,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steven Adler was the drummer of Guns N' Roses from 1985 to 1990. In 2003, he started Adler's Appetite, with whom he released an EP and continues to perform live. He lives in the Hollywood Hills with his wife, Carolina Adler.

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"Great for the die-hard GNR fan...This is a cautionary tale, all the way."--Penthouse --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Steven Adler was the drummer of Guns N’ Roses from 1985 to 1990. In 2003, he started Adler’s Appetite, with whom he released an EP and continues to perform live. He lives in the Hollywood Hills with his wife, Carolina Adler.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A riotous page-turner 6 Aug 2010
Unlike the previous commenter, I've actually a) got hold of a copy of the book and b) read it before typing my review.

I'll admit I'm not a particular fan of GNR, but I am a big fan of rock biogs and I loved the Motley Crue book 'The Dirt' without liking them, so I had big hopes for Adler. And I wasn't disappointed.

Unsurprisingly, he has a bit of help stringing sentences together from journalist Lawrence Spagnola - from the early chapters, you get the feeling Adler didn't spend too much time at school, learning the basics of sentence construction or grammatical inflections. But none of that matters - it's a page-turning, toe-clenching, stomach-churningly good yawn.

There's probably a fair bit of this book that should be taken with a pinch of salt. I mean, considering how long ago it all was, and how much drugs this guy took, it's unlikely he can actually remember half of this stuff, never mind with the amount of detail... so I suspect his co-writer did a lot of digging around through cuttings and interviews, and some of it was guess work. Still, that doesn't detract from the fun.

It's not as good as "The Dirt", but it's still a darn fun rock'n'roll tale.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
After reading Slash's autobiography, i thought it would be interestng to see things from another band members perspective.

Steve Adler has had a tumultuous time, with the usual rock and roll excesses - more drugs than should be mortally possible to take, and at times rather graphic tales of dalliances with groupies.

The book left me wondering about Steven Adler, because although he does admit throughout the book that he has behaved stupidly throughout his career/life, there always seems to be an undercurrent of pointing the finger elsewhere for his troubles!
The thing that does amuse though is how messed up would you have to be to be kicked out of GnR for doing drugs??!

A good read, detailing his life before, during and after Guns n Roses.

If you like rock autobiographies it may well be for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but genuine 19 Aug 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
OK, what you already read about this book is true. It is not a good example of the proper use of the English language (probably like this review :-)). Especially in the second part (after Steven is kicked from GNR), you completely lose track of what is happening and when did it happen (as I guess Steven himself did...). The chapter about his stroke is a prime example of this...

But on the other hand, all this makes the book much more genuine. You know that this is Steven Adler speaking, you have a clear idea about the man's character and motives, he is not hiding behind a masterful "ghost writer", that's really him.

In the first part we have the GNR story. I don't know if his account of events is "truer" than Slash's for example, but one thing is clear: Steven Adler was a big fan of rock'n'roll music and an even bigger fan of the rock'n'roll lifestyle who actually BECAME everything he hoped for. It's like one day I am sitting in my room looking at posters and the next I am IN the same posters. And he couldn't handle it...
In the second part we have the aftermath of his exit from the band. This part is in fact more interesting than the first. It is obvious that Steven Adler wasn't ready for what happened. It gradually becomes clear that his life STOPPED that fateful day in June 1990 when he was kicked out of GNR. Since then, he has passed most of the time (something like 20 years) doing ABSOLUTELY nothing (except of course getting stoned on crack and heroin).

Still, in the and Steven Adler comes out of this book as somewhat of a sympathetic figure. I mean in the end you feel sorry for the guy...
And (although he doesn't seem to believe in himself so much) he WAS the best drummer GNR ever had. I sincerely hope that he finally lets go of the past...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting if somewhat unbelivable 25 Jan 2011
By Bern
This is a great read but i still find it a little hard to beleive that someone who has spent more then 20 years strung out or off his head can remember so much and so many details. But it does give another side to the whole G'N'R's story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars How sad. 29 Dec 2010
By K. Webb
Every time I got to the end of a page of this book I thought, "surely this can't get any worse for this guy?!" And then I turned the page. Throughout his story I got the feeling he was saying to me & all the other readers, "I just cannot learn". Overdose after overdose after overdose. He's been clean since he made friends with Slash & got his, his friends, his new band & his wife's help now but after reading this book you can't help but think he'd go back to drugs the minute one of those leaves his life. He mentions that he hides his troubles behind a smile when with other people, & that's positively chilling. How he can still smile after all he's been through is beyond me!

If you like GNR for more than the music; i.e. the charisma & danger that followed them, then this is an essential read to get more of a feel of the life they lived. With Duff's supposedly coming out next year, it's just Izzy & Axl to go, & I think everyone would be interested in getting ahold of the latter, even if you're not a fan!
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4.0 out of 5 stars My Appetite for Destruction 16 Sep 2010
Although not as good as Slash's autobiograpy this still makes for a good entertaining read. You can't help feeling Steven Adler's slightly deluded throughout the whole thing and doesn't seem to realise quite how badly addicted he must be and the whole episode of being kicked out of Guns n Roses seems kind of glossed over and not very detailed but then thats probably the drugs! His version of being kicked out is both sad but also very much his version.
A nice addition to the Guns n Roses literature which seems to be coming out a bit more regularly now.....
Will the ever reunite...not if Axl has anything to do with it but it doesn't seem to stop anyone wishing and wondering....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Appetite for boredom
"Woe is me" An incredibly boring tale of a self deluded has-been wallowing in self pity. To quote Adler...whiney little b**h!
Published 1 month ago by stewart mackay
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Fantastic read loved steven adler before but now I just want to shake his hand and give him a hug
Published 1 month ago by Stacey
4.0 out of 5 stars appetite is not the word!
Very heartfelt and honest. I read slash's autobiography first and it was interesting to read two different versions of the same events. Read more
Published 4 months ago by richard
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting for a GNR fan, but the style is annoying.
There's some interesting stuff in this book, but it is written in small sections, each with a little heading. This makes it disjointed and interrupts the flow when reading. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jules
3.0 out of 5 stars Wow what a mess !!
Always felt that he was harshly treated by the band but he didn't help him self . A good book enjoyable read
Published 16 months ago by john
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, Crazy, Heart breaking, Truly GNR material
Brilliant read for any GNR fan, also anyone who has read Slash's or Duff's books will really enjoy it, as its a different take on the band. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kelsea Marshall
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for G'n'R Fans
I had already read Slash's and Duff's autobiographies, before I decided to pick up Adlers book. My personal opinion of Adler had been tainted by their books, but I thought that I... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ian McLaughlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
A must read if your a fan! Steven Adler has had an amazing life and the book is well worth a read, also reading 'Slash' and there are a few contradictions but another book well... Read more
Published 17 months ago by lagahelen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Loved this book, I love reading about the lives behind rock stars, it really let you inside his life an his childhood.
Published 17 months ago by Janie101
3.0 out of 5 stars What an amazing read
A must read for guns fans
Steven you are a lunatic but a nice lunatic
A gifted drummer with an amazing story
Published 18 months ago by yvonne brennan
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