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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition (2 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330448560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330448567
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mick Wall is qualified to tell this story...he has assembled a catalogue of lawsuits, sackings and all-round appalling behaviour which, taken together, rivals the best moments of the Borgias or certain middle-European dictators. --Daily Telegraph --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Mick Wall is one of Britain's best known music journalists. Formerly editor in chief of Classic Rock magazine, he still writes for Mojo. His previous books include the bestselling biography John Peel, the authorized biograpy of Iron Maiden, Run to the Hills, and the official biography of Ozzy Osbourne, Diary of a Madman.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Antonio Cavaldoro on 21 Jan 2010
Format: Paperback
There are a number of problems with this, largely caused by Wall's delusion. In common with most Kerrang journalists of the day he convinced himself that he was friends with the bands that they wrote about. Against this background he is clearly very put out that Axl "fell out" with him and the book is essentially a long whine about this lost, unrequited friendship. There are numerous, very basic factual errors that prove he couldn't be bothered to do his basic research properly (Slash came from London, did he? Nikki Sixx's autobiography is "The Dirt", is it? That's funny, when I read it, I thought it was a book about the whole of Motley Crue and isn't written by Sixx, at all). The book itself tells the interesting tale of GnR's rise and fall, largely through already published material, which is a shame. Throughout Wall constantly drops in bits like "Steven told me" and "while talking to Duff", forgetting to mention that it was during interviews. They're not your chums, which is why you didn't have enough access to generate any new material for this book, Mick. The fact that he's so excited about having boiled eggs with Axl's brother speaks for itself. All of that said it's an interesting story, somewhat spoiled as a result of being lazily put together by a journalist who over-estimates his own part in the tale.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Ody on 31 Dec 2010
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There are some fair points made by other reviewers in regards to the second hand stories that Mick has woven throughout the majority of this book, however what you do get is a great insight into a number of bands, and the whole music scene in and around LA between the mid 1980's and early 1990's. This is after all an `unauthorised biography', and therefore there is enough room for the odd things to be a little sketchy.

I agree that a lot of the flippant comments are meant to sound like Mick hung out with these guys all of the time, and not that they were well planned answers in many scheduled interviews. That said, Mick did live in LA and was living and breathing the LA scene. I found the book fascinating as it pulled together facts, stories, rumours and allegations that I had already read about in, `The Dirt - by Motley Crue (Neil Strauss)', `Tommyland by Tommy Lee (Anthony Bozza)', `Slash by Slash (Anthony Bozza)', `The Heroine Diaries by Nikki Sixx', and `Don't Try This At Home by Dave Navarro (Neil Strauss)'. Hearing similar stories from different people's point of view is hugely entertaining (like both sides of the Vince Neil & Axl Rose feud).

The disappointing side was that the details of Axl Rose's life from the late 1990's to 1997 (a time period rarely documented anywhere) is still very sparse predominantly built around the band's erratic live reviews. I remember a great interview back in 1998 with one of the (many) drummers that quit, citing the reason as frustration over having to play over 100 hundred instrumentals before Axl would bother to write any lyrics. However there was no mention of this (presumably because it was in Kerrang! At a time when Mick had left; or that the interview was not done with himself.).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Culture Enthusiast TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Jan 2014
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If you do not know anything about GN'R and Axl Rose this is a book that will give you some insight. However, if you are a GN'R fan and have read the original interviews back in the 80s/90s (Rolling Stone, etc) this is a deja-vu. What this journalist did was to literally cut and paste some bits and pieces of the most famous published interviews and paste them in this "book". There are also bits literally taken from articles/posts that you can easily find for free on the internet. I am not convinced the author is unbiased as he was involved in a dispute about an interview that he had allegedly did with Axl himself for Kerrang! (check out the lyrics of Get In The Ring! to get more insight).

This is NOT a biography, but just a collage of previously released info. The first chapter made me cringe: the author starts by talking about what it means being born under the sign of Aquarius (I thought it was a joke, do we get the horoscope as well?!). Axl Rose was no angel, his upbringing was not the best (biological father that disappeared when he was only 2, the mother that got pregnant at 16 and remarried with a priest who sexually abused Axl and his siblings). The background (which was disclosed by Axl himself in an interview with Rolling Stone back in the days) contributed to the make-up of this artist, in addition to severe problems of manic-depression. Violent, mysoginist, abusive, controlling - with his tantrums, lateness at the shown, paranoia and dictator behaviour he contributed to the band's self-destruction. At the same time one of the best singers and showmen of all times (back in the days).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Will on 26 Jun 2014
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A very poor book of material recycled from other sources. Simply no new material, a complete waste of time reading this. Wall just wants to bash Axl. If Wall cannot gain any fresh sources as material then why bother with this piece of drivel that I have clearly read through magazines and Internet. Avoid.
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