Slash Review

artist: Slash date: 08/19/2011 category: books

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From one of the greatest rock guitarists of our era comes a memoir that redefines sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. This book is everything the man, the myth, the legend, inspires: it's funny, honest, inspiring, jaw-dropping and, in a word, excessive.
 Richness of Content: 7.3
 Style: 7.5
 Overall Impression: 8
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overall: 6.7
Slash Reviewed by: UG Team, on december 14, 2007
22 of 40 people found this review helpful

Richness of Content: In 1987, while knotheaded pussy boys like Bon Jovi, Poison, and Warrant were raiding their sisters' closets, moussing their hair to vertiginous heights, and churning out limburger such as I'll Be There For You, Every Rose Has it's Thorn, and other neutered power ballads that made life a living hell, a group of authentic rockers were taking careful aim. What made Guns N' Roses so authentic wasn't just the whopper of an album they released -- Appetite For Destruction, which today seems even more transgressive than it did in it's heyday -- but the fact that, when they weren't drinking and drugging themselves into comas, or nailing every groupie within a 20-mile radius, they were getting arrested, breaking things, and rearranging one another's faces real good. This heartwarming tale of brotherhood is told in painstaking detail in Slash, written by the former Saul Hudson (that's Slash to you) and Anthony Bozza. From his idyllic childhood in Stoke-on-Trent, England, to his wild-and-woolly days in L.A., Slash covers it all. Much of the story centers around the meteoric career of GN'R: their desperate early days, triumphant successes and legendary excesses, and the predictable, inevitable implosion. Along the way, Slash exposes his battles with women, drugs, alcohol, and perhaps the biggest demon of all: himself. // 8

Style: Bozza, a noted Rolling Stone reporter Who has penned well-received bios on Eminem, INXS, and Tommy Lee, has a balanced, orderly style -- too orderly at times; thus Slash's fractured vernacular tends to get flattened and even lost altogether. While the book comes as merciful relief to the infantile, repetitive, and self-indulgent yammerings of Nikki Sixx's recent tome, a little bit of the Slash Who dropped F-bombs Live on MTV would have made for a more colorful read. // 5

Overall Impression: With his accentuated top hot Permabonded to a shag rug of fro curls that all but obscured his face, an ever-present cigarette dangling from his lips, and a Les Paul slouch that promised permanent Scoliosis, Slash always looked as though he were a cartoonist's idea of a wasted guitar hero. Slash the autobiography goes a long way toward putting a human soul to that caricature. // 7

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overall: 9
Slash Reviewed by: guitar1212god, on february 13, 2008
4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Richness of Content: In the recently released memoir, Slash, written by Slash (born Saul Hudson) and Anthony Bozza, Slash describes his life and adventures in full detail. Slash describes his passions before guitar and what led HIM to becoming the great guitarist he is. Slash reveals his parents life and his old childhood friends. As Slash tells his tale of how he spiraled up the top 100 charts you won't want to put the book down. Slash reveals such large amounts of unknown material you may feel everything you knew was a lie. This of course was part of the reason Slash wrote this book, he disliked the amount of lies being told about him, Guns N' Roses, and Velvet Revolver so he decided to set it all straight. Slash recounts the times he took drugs, drank, and acted in his mischievous ways. // 9

Style: Slash uses a very addictive and capturing writing style. Slash does write the book in the first person, but in a way that he seems to be talking directly to you face to face. Slash also writes in a non bias matter so the reader can understand the real truth behind the events that take place. // 9

Overall Impression: My most admired quality in this memoir is the way Slash seems to be talking directly to you. Slash is also honest and doesn't waste time on the unimportant facts but only the ones that matter. I also love the photo's shown throughout the book, matching the time a dates in the book giving the reader a better idea of what is happening. I also like how Slash is not redundant or repetitive in his writing. Slash constantly has a new story to tell and more people or places to describe to keep you interested. I honestly don't dislike anything about this book, but the worst part is how at some points lash bounces back and forth between years which is slightly confusing. // 9

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overall: 7
Slash Reviewed by: unregistered, on december 28, 2007
2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Richness of Content: The book "Slash" gives an entertaining and telling look into the formation, rise to Fame and subsequent demise of one of the greatest rock bands in history, Guns N' Roses. It also chronicles Slashs addiction's to heroin, cocaine and alcohol and his eventual defeat of that drug and alcohol addiction. It offers many insightful and hilarious anecdotes of the rock 'n roll lifestyle. // 7

Style: The writing style of the book is not very complex to say the least and some of the dates and events are sometimes vague, yet the choice of this style of writing gives the book a "real" feel, so to speak, it makes it seem as if Slash is actually sitting down with you and personally telling you his story. // 6

Overall Impression: Though not written in the style of a literary genius, Slash is entertaining and sometimes leaves the reader shocked as to just how Slash not only survived the situations he was thrust into but also how he managed to thrive in them and grow from them. I would reccomend this book to anyone Who is a fan of Slash, Gun's And Roses or rock n roll in general. // 8

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overall: 7.7
Slash Reviewed by: BlackSpiders!!!, on august 19, 2011
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Richness of Content: The content in this book is incredible it was althought the pages were strong I was thorwn up to find ten of them fallen out one afternoon the way in which we learned about what it was like in his child hood was very heartfelt overall I really di love the book. // 5

Style: The style used for this book was first person I felt like I was in Hawaii or on stage preforming to thousands of fans. He used quite alot of rehtolical questions during his book and alot of metaphors which I found very amusing ohh well overall t I thought this was one of the best books I read in my life althought I was disappointed in the qulaty of the paper. // 10

Overall Impression: I hated the quility of the paper with pictures they felt really cheap and nasty yo touch I loved when he went onto talk about his family and the deepness he when into that I thought that was very touching I also thought that when he went into the deepness of the relatsonships with his father were emotional. // 8

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