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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007368488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007368488
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Great for the die-hard GNR fan...This is a cautionary tale, all the way."--Penthouse

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Forty years, twenty-eight ODs, three botched suicides, two heart attacks, a couple of jail stints, a debilitating stroke . . .

Now, Steven Adler, the most self-destructive rock star ever, is ready to share the shattering, untold truth.

Once upon a time, Steven Adler along with four uniquely talented but very complicated and demanding musicians helped form Guns N Roses. They emerged from the streets, primal artists who obliterated glam rock and its big hair to resurrect rock s truer blues roots . . . and took sex, drugs, and rock n roll to obscene levels of reckless abandon. By the late 1980s, GN R was the biggest rock band in the world, grabbing headlines and awards while selling out huge arenas. But there was a price to pay. For Adler, it was his health and sanity, culminating in his brutal public banishment by his once-beloved musical brothers a humiliating act of betrayal that caused him to plunge into the dark side and spend most of the next twenty years in a drug-fueled hell.

In My Appetite for Destruction, Adler digs deep, revealing the last secrets not just his own but GN R s as well." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
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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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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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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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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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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