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on 6 August 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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on 1 January 2015
These Rock star autobiographies all seem to follow the same theme its like there's a template. Young parents have kid, - spit up. Mom moves to California, kid gets into trouble at school, drops out. Forms rock band, dabbles with drugs. Struggles for years with multiple changes to the line up. Things suddenly take off - big success lots of partying, leads to drug addiction, band falls apart. Long struggle to quit drugs.
Its strange to think that apart from Axel who largely stayed relatively clean (well compared to the rest). Even an alcoholic heroin addict like Slash got off lightly compared to the other members of GnR's.
And its pretty sad to think that these guys were once the biggest stars in the world and they spent most of their time lying in their own filth jabbing a needle into their arm to numb out reality.
Its hard to be sure how much of this 'version' is fact and how much is just what Adler wants you to believe, he seems to have a strange kind of love/hate relationship with the other band members. But then again of all the GnR autobiographies only the people involved know which is the real version.
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on 16 September 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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on 23 January 2012
This is a good read, and definitely worthy of 3.5 stars, but it does have it's problems.

One of the most significant moments of Adler's GN'R tenure was his final show at Farm Aid. Both Slash and Duff stated in their books, that his playing was poor and he was in no state to play with them. Steven tells a different tale. He insists that he had no prior knowledge of the two songs that had been selected for the show, or even any knowledge of the song 'Down on the Farm' at all. Given that this show is freely available on youtube, you would think someone would have watched it before writing 'Duff clapped to give me the tempo'. I have seen the show, and the song starts with Adler drumming, pretty impressive for someone who 'didn't know the song'.

I know it's not a major thing, but it makes me question how true the rest of the book is. Did any of his tales really happen? To be honest, in his head, they all probably did.
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on 7 February 2011
Yes that title is from the film "Cool Hand Luke", and is used in the Guns N' Roses song "Civil war" which is the last song Steven Adler played drums on for Guns N' Roses and yes he uses that line towards the end of his book "My Appetite For Destruction" and after reading the book I think that line really sums up Steven Adler's life.

Steven Adler really has pushed his body to the limit with his drug use and has made his family's life a nightmare! It's all here documented in his book. As he says himself he used to hide behind his big smile whenever things went wrong. Adler relieves his childhood from losing his virginity at a young age, having numerous jobs such as working in an off licence in which he used to go missing for hours at a time on his deliveries and help himself to the drink he was delivering to sleeping with the women he was delivering to! He also talks about a learning drums at the Starwood a club where he got to see the band London perform (motley crue bassist nikki sixx was a member) and how he'd spend a lot of time there, he also briefly mentions how the mangers at The Starwood were gay and would get him high and touch him, he never really goes to deep into what happened at that club only that all the members died of AIDS.

Of course meeting slash is included and how they became best friends and used to hang out a lot and how they would eventually go on to join Guns N' Roses and how all his dreams came through and how much fun the whole Appetite For Destruction phase was and how he was happiest only when he was playing drums with that big smile of his, he describes Axl as well being like Axl, nice one day not so much the next and how he felt Slash would eventually stab him in the back and how he got screwed over in a contract he signed which would eventually lead him to suing the band.

One thing is clear is that no matter how many people tried he could never get clean, this would eventually lead to him having a stroke, just when you think he can go no lower in his life he does, he briefly touches on his stint in celebrity rehab and his relationship with Dr. Drew.

Things have been looking up for Steven Adler lately as he's a year and half clean and even appeared on Slash's album in 2010(not included in the book) and is touring with his band Adler's Appetite, so let's hope he can keep clean.

My Appetite For Destruction is definitely recommended for Guns N' Roses fans and offers Steven's side of the story and is a sad book about a man's struggle with addiction!
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on 19 August 2012
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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on 12 November 2011
I'm a huge fan of Guns N' Roses, so I've read my fair share of biographies about them. After reading the band's ex-guitarist, Slash's autobiography, I was more than a bit dubious about picking up ex-drummer Steven Adler's book. After all, he is the one that has the severest drug problems, and probably has the worst memory of all the band members. However, although I was far from blown away by this autobiography, I did end up enjoying it more than I thought I was going to.

Alder starts the story at his childhood, and quickly sets the tone for the rest of the book - whining, moaning, and a whole heap of blaming others for his own mistakes. He is someone that seems to have an excuse for every bad choice he makes, and is convinced that everyone but himself is to blame for his life has turning out the way it has. Although this sort of attitude is okay for a teenager, on a 40+ year-old man, it just seems pathetic.

I also wasn't a huge fan of a lot of the anecdotes Adler chose to share with his readers. They seemed random and many of them were pointless to the progression of his life, so I couldn't understand why he felt the need to keep them in the book. Adler is a recovered drug addict, but you couldn't tell from reading this book - the many ways he glorifies drug-use is mind-boggling. Instead of facing up to his problems, Adler seems to have deluded himself into a false sense of security, and reading this book, I feel that it is only a matter of time before he falls off the wagon
For all these flaws though, I did find myself enjoying this book. It was a quick read and, I will admit, some of the stories Adler shared were very entertaining. Overall though, unless you're a die-hard Guns N' Roses fan, stay away from this book. There are many more rock biographies on shelfs that don't smack of desperation, whining and pathetic attempts to relive the `glory days'.
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on 29 December 2010
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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on 3 September 2010
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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on 25 January 2011
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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