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It's So Easy (and Other Lies) : The Autobiography - Duff McKagan

It's So Easy (and Other Lies)

The Autobiography


Published: 27th November 2012
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Explosive autobiography of Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver bass guitarist Duff McKagan.

A founding member of Guns N Roses and Velvet Revolver 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 via a unique path to sobriety.

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 GN R s 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 GN R 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 led to his 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 his harrowing journey through the dark heart of one of the most notorious bands in rock-and-roll history and out the other side.

About the Author

Duff McKagan was the bass guitarist in the most successful rock band of all time, Guns N'Roses, and also played in Velvet Revolver with Slash (also of Guns N'Roses fame). He lives in Seattle with his wife and two daughters, hosts rock specials on Seattle's main rock station KISW and also writes columns for various publications, including Playboy.


A terrific read


This follows the rollicking, drug-adled life of a huge rock band. It is personal but also global with lessons for everyone...not the least being that overnight success requires a LOT of years of struggling and in this case, poverty. Rip-offs, overdoses and time in the spotlight; it's a long way to the top folks!

Sydney Australia

Superb read !!!


I would use it as a resource reference within topic discussions on addictions.Great for health professionals to gain some understanding from a personal account of what it was like to experience addictions.Also good for history reference of looking at certain groups .Rock and Roll in the 1980s.

St Ives Australia


Very well written


Very well written, captivating and had some shock fa tor. Recommended read

Yass NSW





Gold Coast


Honest look at Rock and Roll Excess


great book



A brilliant read that was hard put down.


I have read other musicians autobiog Slash and Steven Adler. I have so much respect for Duff, the fact he survive at all the journey and transformation he undergone. Thank you for sharing your story with me Duff, you truly are an inspiration!

Hobart Tasmania Australia


Don't judge a book by its cover


Couldn't wait to read this amazing and inspirational book.

Melbourne, AU


It's So Easy (and Other Lies)

5.0 7


Today McKagan is very much a family man and this book, written without the aid of a journalist, doesn't shirk from examining his misbehaviours. * BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH *

ISBN: 9781409127390
ISBN-10: 1409127397
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 27th November 2012
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.1  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1