In Slash, Anthony Bozza takes you backstage and up to the rooftop with the one of the most notorious and influential guitarists who brought new sounds to rock and roll. An inspirational tale of grit and determination, this is the story of a young rock star whose life was transformed by music. In this intimate biography, Slash shares the story of his life and career, with photographs by Michael Lavine. Born Saul Hudson in England and reared in Los Angeles, he was surrounded by the leading artists of the day amidst the vibrant hotbed of music and culture in the early seventies.
This is the remarkable story of Saul Hudson, who would become known as Slash. From his early days as a member of a notorious L.A. gang, to his days as the lead guitarist of Guns N’ Roses, to his emergence as one of rock’s greatest guitar heroes on a solo career that has spanned more than two decades, Slash has truly lived by his own rules in every sense of the word.
Welcome to the definitive biography of rock’s most influential guitarist. This detailed history traces Slash’s life from his remarkable childhood in London and suburban Los Angeles to his storied rise as a member of Guns N’ Roses and star with Velvet Revolver, through his solo career, work with other artists like Myles Kennedy, and his current role in Hollywood as guitar mentor and instructor. Informative and insightful, Heavier Than Heaven is a must-read for all fans of classic rock music.
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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
He was born in England but reared in L.A., surrounded by the leading artists of the day amidst the vibrant hotbed of music and culture that was the early seventies. Slash spent his adolescence on the streets of Hollywood, discovering drugs, drinking, rock music, and girls, all while achieving notable status as a BMX rider. But everything changed in his world the day he first held the beat-up one-string guitar his grandmother had discarded in a closet.
The instrument became his voice, and it triggered a lifelong passion that made everything else irrelevant. As soon as he could string chords and a solo together, Slash wanted to be in a band and sought out friends with similar interests. His closest friend, Steven Adler, proved to be a conspirator for the long haul. As hairmetal bands exploded onto the L.A. scene and topped the charts, Slash sought his niche and a band that suited his raw and gritty sensibility.
He found salvation in the form of four young men of equal mind: Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Steven Adler, and Duff McKagan. Together they became Guns N’ Roses, one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time. Dirty, volatile, and as authentic as the streets that weaned them, they fought to the top with groundbreaking albums such as the iconic Appetite for Destruction and Used Your Illusion I and II.
Here, for the first time ever, Slash tells the tale that has yet to be told from the inside: how the band came together, how they wrote the music that defined an era, how they survived insane, never-ending tours, how they survived themselves, and, ultimately, how it all fell apart. This is a window onto the world of the notoriously private guitarist and a seat on the roller-coaster ride that was one of history’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll machines, always on the edge of self-destruction, even at the pinnacle of its success. This is a candid recollection and reflection of Slash’s friendships past and present, from easygoing Izzy to ever-steady Duff to wild-child Steven and complicated Axl.
It is also an intensely personal account of struggle and triumph: as Guns N’ Roses journeyed to the top, Slash battled his demons, escaping the overwhelming reality with women, heroin, coke, crack, vodka, and whatever else came along.
He survived it all: lawsuits, rehab, riots, notoriety, evil, and destruction, and ultimately found his creative evolution. From Slash’s Snakepit to his current band, the massively successful Velvet Revolver, Slash found an even keel by sticking to his guns.
Slash is everything the man, the myth, the legend, inspires: it’s funny, honest, inspiring, jaw-dropping . . . and, in a word, excessive.