Hugely talented, always provocative, followed by controversy wherever he goes.....W. Axel Rose's life is a rock 'n' roll drama of epic proportions and now, for the first time, his story is properly told. Drawing on exclusive unpublished material, Mick Wall has written a no-holds-barred study of the turbulent life and career of the Guns N' Roses singer and leader.
Wall describes Axl's difficult childhood in Indiana and how, after escaping to LA, he and his band Guns N' Roses struggled to survive until they were signed up by Geffen in 1986. Fuelled by Rose's drive and ambition, the first album, Appetite for Destruction, turned them into stars, but the band's lurid lifestyle took its toll - they embarked on a two-year tour that sounded the death kneel for the original line-up. By the mid-nineties Axl had turned into a virtual recluse, working endlessly on the long-awaited album, Chinese Democracy.
Tracking the singer's story to date, scrupulously researched and vividly written, W. Axel Rose is an explosive biography of rock's biggest living legend.
About the Author
Mick Wall is one of Britain's best known music journalists. Formerly editor in chief of Classic Rock Magazine, he still writes for Mojo. His previous books include the best selling biography John Peel, the authorised biography of Iron Maiden, Run to the Hills, and the official biography of Ozzy Osbourne, Diary of a Madman.
|Part One: One in a Million|
|What's So Civil About War Anyway?||17|
|Just a Hick on the Strip||39|
|Dream House in Hell||64|
|Part Two: You're in the Jungle, Baby|
|Suck on This||91|
|War All the Time||120|
|Niggers, Faggots and Mr Brownstone||148|
|Part Three: Ringside|
|The Red-Headed Instructor||183|
|Inside the Court of King Axl||219|
|After the War||250|
|Part Four: Chinese Curse|
|Cold Black Cloud Comin' Down||313|
|Notes and Sources||359|
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st July 2008
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.288
Edition Number: 1