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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (12 May 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030682387X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306823879
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Duff McKagan's previous book, the "New York Times" bestseller "It's So Easy (and other lies)"
"You'll read this memoir from the former Guns N' Roses bass player for the sex, drugs, and rock and roll, but you'll remember it for what comes afterrecovery, family, and fulfillment.""Los Angeles Magazine"
"In a book that mourns friendships and talent lost to drugs, McKagan's transformation is a relief and an inspiration. He writes with honesty and even humility, seemingly refreshingly devoid of rock star egomania."Shelf Awareness
"Honest, well-written... McKagan is surprisingly self-aware and candid, and he doesn't let himself off the hook easily.""Publishers Weekly"
"McKagan has a nice eye for details and a surprisingly good memory. He's proudly raw and harsh, refusing to hold back in terms of language and content.... Fans will be thrilled by this honest, detailed memoir.""Kirkus Reviews"
"Fans will love the descriptions of the struggles and early triumphs of Guns N' Roses, but McKagan's descriptions of his equally driven efforts at self-transformation are just as compelling.... Rock fansand would be rockerswill find much to savor here.""Library Journal"
"McKagan recounts his [tale] with flamboyance and an engaging wit.""Booklist"
"

Noisey, 5/8/15
Offers life lessons and hard-won wisdom from the former hard-partying high-school dropout who found sobriety through martial arts, family, andof all thingssports radio. In it, McKagan dishes priceless advice.
My Big Honkin Blog, 5/10/15
Writing with an easy and engaging stylean entertaining entry on my list of favorite reads thus far, this year.
Esquire.com, 5/11/15
Focuseson issues surrounding masculinity, paternity, partnership and maintaining your integrity and footing in a dizzying world and culture.
"Seattle Times, " 5/13/15
Helpful advice on dealing with the work/family balancing act, financial planning and, yes, book suggestions.
"LA Weekly, " 5/11/15
Encapsulates [McKagan s] life and what he's learned in a highly readable way that everyoneman or womancan relate to.
RealLifeHusband.com, 5/12
The book that all men must readAn easy to swallow textbook of advice and guidanceMen! Go NOW and get this book. (Or women: get it FOR THEM)Follow his lead, boys, and we can all slide headlong into our graves without regret screaming Wow! What a ride!
"Sonic Sound Magazine, " 5/14/15
"How To Be a Man, " illustrates how Duff has balanced his career and home life, creating a happy medium that allows him to thrive; proving to us all that being a rock star isn t about debauchery.
The Writer s Journey blog, 5/12/15
McKagan is an entertaining characterFans of McKagan s columns on ESPN.com and SeattleWeekly.com will enjoy the witty banter of "How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions)."
Billboard.com, 5/19/15
Lighthearted yet serious-minded.
Alternative Nation, 5/19/15
Chock full of advice and wisdom that [McKagan] has picked up along the wayThere is a lot of first hand rock and roll experience talking in these pages, as well as a fiercely sharp business mindThe pages are devoid of ego and Duff manages to give himself a firm beating with his own fists in this verbal dojo. You will never read a book by a rocker quite like this one.
"Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, " 100 Books for Summer Reading, 5/31/15
MediaMikes.com, 5/26/15
Something about this bookpulled me back in page after pageAll in all a fun and quick read that fans of Duff and his music will surely enjoy.
EntertainmentRealm, 5/31/15
[An] easy readDon t expect a tell-all filled with rock and roll debaucheryThis is the calm family-man rocker advice bookThis book isn t for everyone but many will find something in it that appeals to them.
NeuFutur.com, 5/20/15
Enjoyable.
"Rolling Stone, " 6/3/15
A time-hopping memoir that chronicles [McKagan s] life between a tour with a cover band featuring Slash to his temporary reunion with Axl Rose last year. Although the tome is not a self-help or advice book per se, it's littered with entertaining and hilarious aphorisms.
"Brave Words, " 6/17/15
Full of unbelievable revelationsAdvice is plentiful throughout.
Backstageaxxess.com, 7/1/15
McKagan is a gifted writer and his stories are humorous and charming If you're looking for a light and entertaining read with a peek into rock and roll, you'll enjoy this one. Or, if you need some advice on how to deal with your teenage daughter or perhaps some tips on home maintenance, you'll also want to add this book to your collection.
"Publishers Weekly," 6/29/15
A hybrid memoir/self-help book that addresses a pressing issue for rock stars and those who party like them: how do you live after putting the bottle down?
Praise for Duff McKagan's previous book, the "New York Times" bestseller "It's So Easy (and other lies)"
"You'll read this memoir from the former Guns N' Roses bass player for the sex, drugs, and rock and roll, but you'll remember it for what comes afterrecovery, family, and fulfillment.""Los Angeles Magazine"
"In a book that mourns friendships and talent lost to drugs, McKagan's transformation is a relief and an inspiration. He writes with honesty and even humility, seemingly refreshingly devoid of rock star egomania."Shelf Awareness
"Honest, well-written... McKagan is surprisingly self-aware and candid, and he doesn't let himself off the hook easily.""Publishers Weekly"
"McKagan has a nice eye for details and a surprisingly good memory. He's proudly raw and harsh, refusing to hold back in terms of language and content.... Fans will be thrilled by this honest, detailed memoir.""Kirkus Reviews"
"Fans will love the descriptions of the struggles and early triumphs of Guns N' Roses, but McKagan's descriptions of his equally driven efforts at self-transformation are just as compelling.... Rock fansand would be rockerswill find much to savor here.""Library Journal"
"McKagan recounts his [tale] with flamboyance and an engaging wit.""Booklist"
"Heavy Metal ICU," 8/29/15
An extremely entertaining and oddly enough, an informative read.
GeekNation.com, 8/31/15
An absolutely astounding, brave, and gut-wrenching bookIf you read one book this year, make it "Dark Days."
"South China Morning Post," 9/5/15
[A] moving bookGritty and believable, the book reveals the life of a budget rock star and what it's like to have a drink problem. It succeeds by sharing insights into common human suffering.
RollingStone.com, 10 Best Music Books of 2015, 12/21/15
EngagingWhether he's detailing the superfandom he shares for the Seattle Seahawks with Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell, rattling off a list of albums every man should own (Sabbath's "Paranoid," Bowie's "Diamond Dogs") or laying down the Number One rule of hotel cohabitation (don't poop in the room), McKagan is an unfailingly graciousand entertainingguide.
"

Noisey, 5/8/15
Offers life lessons and hard-won wisdom from the former hard-partying high-school dropout who found sobriety through martial arts, family, andof all thingssports radio. In it, McKagan dishes priceless advice.
My Big Honkin Blog, 5/10/15
Writing with an easy and engaging stylean entertaining entry on my list of favorite reads thus far, this year.
Esquire.com, 5/11/15
Focuseson issues surrounding masculinity, paternity, partnership and maintaining your integrity and footing in a dizzying world and culture.
Seattle Times, 5/13/15
Helpful advice on dealing with the work/family balancing act, financial planning and, yes, book suggestions.
LA Weekly, 5/11/15
Encapsulates [McKagan's] life and what he's learned in a highly readable way that everyoneman or womancan relate to.
RealLifeHusband.com, 5/12
The book that all men must readAn easy to swallow textbook of advice and guidanceMen! Go NOW and get this book. (Or women: get it FOR THEM)Follow his lead, boys, and we can all slide headlong into our graves without regret screaming Wow! What a ride!' "

Sonic Sound Magazine, 5/14/15
How To Be a Man, illustrates how Duff has balanced his career and home life, creating a happy medium that allows him to thrive; proving to us all that being a rock star' isn't about debauchery.
The Writer's Journey blog, 5/12/15
McKagan is an entertaining characterFans of McKagan's columns on ESPN.com and SeattleWeekly.com will enjoy the witty banter of How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions).
Billboard.com, 5/19/15
Lighthearted yet serious-minded.
Alternative Nation, 5/19/15
Chock full of advice and wisdom that [McKagan] has picked up along the wayThere is a lot of first hand rock and roll experience talking in these pages, as well as a fiercely sharp business mindThe pages are devoid of ego and Duff manages to give himself a firm beating with his own fists in this verbal dojo. You will never read a book by a rocker quite like this one.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 100 Books for Summer Reading, 5/31/15
MediaMikes.com, 5/26/15
Something about this bookpulled me back in page after pageAll in all a fun and quick read that fans of Duff and his music will surely enjoy. "

EntertainmentRealm, 5/31/15
[An] easy readDon't expect a tell-all filled with rock and roll debaucheryThis is the calm family-man rocker advice bookThis book isn't for everyone but many will find something in it that appeals to them.
NeuFutur.com, 5/20/15
Enjoyable.
Rolling Stone, 6/3/15
A time-hopping memoir that chronicles [McKagan's] life between a tour with a cover band featuring Slash to his temporary reunion with Axl Rose last year. Although the tome is not a self-help or advice book per se, it's littered with entertaining and hilarious aphorisms.
Brave Words, 6/17/15
Full of unbelievable revelationsAdvice is plentiful throughout.
Backstageaxxess.com, 7/1/15
McKagan is a gifted writer and his stories are humorous and charming If you're looking for a light and entertaining read with a peek into rock and roll, you'll enjoy this one. Or, if you need some advice on how to deal with your teenage daughter or perhaps some tips on home maintenance, you'll also want to add this book to your collection.
Publishers Weekly, 6/29/15
A hybrid memoir/self-help book that addresses a pressing issue for rock stars and those who party like them: how do you live after putting the bottle down? "

Noisey, 5/8/15
"Offers life lessons and hard-won wisdom from the former hard-partying high-school dropout who found sobriety through martial arts, family, and--of all things--sports radio. In it, McKagan dishes priceless advice."
My Big Honkin Blog, 5/10/15
"Writing with an easy and engaging style...an entertaining entry on my list of favorite reads thus far, this year."
Esquire.com, 5/11/15
"Focuses...on issues surrounding masculinity, paternity, partnership and maintaining your integrity and footing in a dizzying world and culture."
Seattle Times, 5/13/15
"Helpful advice on dealing with the work/family balancing act, financial planning and, yes, book suggestions."
LA Weekly, 5/11/15
"Encapsulates [McKagan's] life and what he's learned in a highly readable way that everyone--man or woman--can relate to."
RealLifeHusband.com, 5/12
"The book that all men must read...An easy to swallow textbook of advice and guidance...Men! Go NOW and get this book. (Or women: get it FOR THEM)...Follow his lead, boys, and we can all slide headlong into our graves without regret screaming 'Wow! What a ride!'"

Sonic Sound Magazine, 5/14/15
"How To Be a Man, illustrates how Duff has balanced his career and home life, creating a happy medium that allows him to thrive; proving to us all that being a 'rock star' isn't about debauchery."
The Writer's Journey blog, 5/12/15
"McKagan is an entertaining character...Fans of McKagan's columns on ESPN.com and SeattleWeekly.com will enjoy the witty banter of How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions)."
Billboard.com, 5/19/15
"Lighthearted yet serious-minded."
Alternative Nation, 5/19/15
"Chock full of advice and wisdom that [McKagan] has picked up along the way...There is a lot of first hand rock and roll experience talking in these pages, as well as a fiercely sharp business mind...The pages are devoid of ego and Duff manages to give himself a firm beating with his own fists in this verbal dojo. You will never read a book by a rocker quite like this one."
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "100 Books for Summer Reading," 5/31/15
MediaMikes.com, 5/26/15
"Something about this book...pulled me back in page after page...All in all a fun and quick read that fans of Duff and his music will surely enjoy."

EntertainmentRealm, 5/31/15
"[An] easy read...Don't expect a tell-all filled with rock and roll debauchery...This is the calm family-man rocker advice book...This book isn't for everyone but many will find something in it that appeals to them."
NeuFutur.com, 5/20/15
"Enjoyable."
Rolling Stone, 6/3/15
"A time-hopping memoir that chronicles [McKagan's] life between a tour with a cover band featuring Slash to his temporary reunion with Axl Rose last year. Although the tome is not a self-help or advice book per se, it's littered with entertaining and hilarious aphorisms."
Brave Words, 6/17/15
"Full of unbelievable revelations...Advice is plentiful throughout."
Backstageaxxess.com, 7/1/15
"McKagan is a gifted writer and his stories are humorous and charming... If you're looking for a light and entertaining read with a peek into rock and roll, you'll enjoy this one. Or, if you need some advice on how to deal with your teenage daughter or perhaps some tips on home maintenance, you'll also want to add this book to your collection."
Publishers Weekly, 6/29/15
"A hybrid memoir/self-help book that addresses a pressing issue for rock stars and those who party like them: how do you live after putting the bottle down?"

Praise for Duff McKagan's previous book, the New York Times bestseller It's So Easy (and other lies)
"You'll read this memoir from the former Guns N' Roses bass player for the sex, drugs, and rock and roll, but you'll remember it for what comes after--recovery, family, and fulfillment."--Los Angeles Magazine
"In a book that mourns friendships and talent lost to drugs, McKagan's transformation is a relief and an inspiration. He writes with honesty and even humility, seemingly refreshingly devoid of rock star egomania."--Shelf Awareness
"Honest, well-written... McKagan is surprisingly self-aware and candid, and he doesn't let himself off the hook easily."--Publishers Weekly
"McKagan has a nice eye for details and a surprisingly good memory. He's proudly raw and harsh, refusing to hold back in terms of language and content.... Fans will be thrilled by this honest, detailed memoir."--Kirkus Reviews
"Fans will love the descriptions of the struggles and early triumphs of Guns N' Roses, but McKagan's descriptions of his equally driven efforts at self-transformation are just as compelling.... Rock fans--and would be rockers--will find much to savor here."--Library Journal
"McKagan recounts his [tale] with flamboyance and an engaging wit."--Booklist

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