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W. Axl Rose: The Unauthorised Biography Hardcover – Unabridged, 20 Jul 2007
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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
The first biography of legendary Guns N' Roses frontman, the controversial W. Axl Rose.See all Product description
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Nothing really to add to the already available material published on Axl Rose - mainly focuses on GnR as a band, not Rose.
Wall is (was?) a Kerrang! journalist so its written in the same style and reads as very bias. The only information on Rose featured within this book is available through interviews from the man himself.
If you'd like a no-holds-barred look into life within GnR, I highly recommend Slash's biography - it may not be a literary masterpiece but at least it's written by someone who was actually there throughout everything.
Turgid and misleading. This is a biography about Guns n' Roses not Axl Rose.
Did I get insights into Axl's character and motivations? Marginally. Was it a good read? Mildly diverting. Well researched? In parts, but many inaccuracies. Gets facts about Slash's upbringing wrong and says Axl crowned Izzy 'King of Beers'. Okay, that might not sound like much - a beer error - but if you like popular culture it is worth knowing that it was after Duff McKagan that Duff Beer was named in The Simpsons, one of the most culturally significant series of recent times.
Mick Wall is far too fond of his own voice, banging on about his involvement with the band. He was a journalist interviewing them. He was doing his job.
Compare this book to J Randy Taraborrelli's Michael Jackson: The Magic and The Madness. The latter had me on the edge of my seat, was thoroughly researched and made me go out and buy the music. Wall's book will be shelved and used mostly for its bibliography.
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