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It's So Easy: and other lies

It's So Easy: and other lies

by Duff McKagan
It's So Easy: and other lies

It's So Easy: and other lies

by Duff McKagan


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A founding member of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver—and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee—shares the story of his rise to the pinnacle of fame and fortune, his struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction, his personal crash and burn, and his phoenix-like transformation.

In 1984, at the age of twenty, Duff McKagan left his native Seattle—partly to pursue music but mainly to get away from a host of heroin overdoses then decimating his closest group of friends in the local punk scene. In L.A. only a few weeks and still living in his car, he answered a want ad for a bass player placed by someone who identified himself only as “Slash.” Soon after, the most dangerous band in the world was born. Guns N’ Roses went on to sell more than 100 million albums worldwide.

In It’s So Easy, Duff recounts Guns’ unlikely trajectory to a string of multiplatinum albums, sold-out stadium concerts, and global acclaim. But that kind of glory can take its toll, and it did—ultimately—on Duff, as well as on the band itself. As Guns began to splinter, Duff felt that he himself was done, too. But his near death as a direct result of alcoholism proved to be his watershed, the turning point that sent him on a unique path to sobriety and the unexpected choices he has made for himself since.

In a voice that is as honest as it is indelibly his own, Duff—one of rock’s smartest and most articulate personalities—takes readers on a harrowing journey through the dark heart of one of the most notorious bands in rock-and-roll history and out the other side.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451606645
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 03/20/2012
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 117,483
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

Duff McKagan played bass for Guns N’ Roses for twelve years and co-wrote many of their most iconic songs. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Duff formed Velvet Revolver with his former band mate Slash and fronts his own band, Loaded. He writes weekly columns for and McKagan lives in Seattle with his wife, supermodel Susan Holmes McKagan, and their two daughters. Visit

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

Prologue 1

Part 1 Knockin' on Heaven's Door 7

Part 2 Just Ah Urchin Living Under The Street 81

Part 3 Loaded 141

Part 4 I'd Look Right Up at Night and All I'd See Was Darkness 177

Part 5 A Good Day to Die 227

Part 6 You Shined a Light where it Was Dark, On My Wasted Heart 275

Part 7 Fall To Pieces 307

Part 8 You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory 333

Acknowledgments 363

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