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This review is from: W. Axl Rose: The Unauthorized Biography (Paperback)
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).
The author could have added some insight as Chinese Democracy was due to be released close to the publication date of this book (delaying it just by a few months would have not made any difference at all) and he could have added some info about the record. That would have meant writing something new and not copying bits and pieces written by someone else! -BTW Chinese Democracy is not rubbish at all, OK it is not Appetite but Appetite is a masterpiece, very hard to reach those levels for anyone.
If you want to read new material with regards to GN'R check out Duff and Slash's autobiographies. They are not masterpieces, but at least they are not a rip off like this book. They also show that Duff and Slash took charge of their lives and took responsibility for their actions. Axl is still fighting his demons. It is sad to see the "new" version of GN'R in action - I bumped into some videos on YouTube and I literally had to press the stop button as it was sad to see how this individual is in denial: overweight, face traits changed by plastic surgery, mostly out of tune and the band that does not have anything of GN'R. Better to create a new band and move on.
Shameful this book got published.