W.A.R.: The Unauthorized Biography of William Axl Rose

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St. Martin's Press, Feb 5, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages

A journalist who had unprecedented access to Guns n' Roses at their peak delivers a big, brash history of the band's charismatic, fantastically talented and idiosyncratic leader—W. Axl Rose

Even in the world of rock and roll, a figure like Axl Rose doesn't come along very often. Mercurial and brilliant, deluded and imperious, Rose defies easy description or analysis. Few people have studied Rose as closely as Mick Wall has. Traveling with Guns n' Roses and writing about them in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Wall first earned Axl's trust and later his fury.

W.A.R. goes back to the beginning, revealing Rose's childhood influences (and how he got his name), and tracking the birth of the band and their enormous success with albums like "Appetite for Destruction" and "Use Your Illusion." With fame and money came substance abuse and infighting, and a lead singer who morphed from eccentric to seemingly unhinged. Wall's book is richly detailed and offers surprising new views on some celebrated Guns 'n Roses and Axl Rose incidents, including:

--the death of two fans at a concert in Donington Park in England,

--Rose's fall-out and eventual split from every one of the other original Gn'R band members,

--fights with perceived enemies like Kurt Cobain, Motley Crue's Vince Neil and fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger,

--Rose's consistent refusal to show up at concerts throughout his career,

--Axl becoming a virtual recluse at his Malibu mansion for most of the past 15 years.

The book goes right up to the present, to explore why a new Guns n' Roses—with a reconfigured band—has toured but still hasn't released their long-awaited album "Chinese Democracy", now over a decade in the making at a cost of over $13 million. W.A.R. is about great music, bad relationships, and the public and private personas of one of the most controversial performers of our time.

 

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Tons of sex, drugs and, oh yeah, a dash of rock 'n' roll.The frontman of multi-platinum-selling hard-rock purveyors Guns N' Roses, William Axl Rose was everything you could want in a rock star ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction GUNS OR KNIVES MOTHERFUCKER
1
One WHATS SO CIVIL ABOUT WAR ANYWAY?
17
Two A HICK ON THE STRIP
39
Three DREAM House IN HELL
64
PART
89
Five WAR ALL THE TIME
120
Six NIGGERS FAGGOTS AND MR BROWNSTONE
148
PART THREE
181
Ten WHERES SLASH?
285
Epilogue ESTRANGED
357
Notes and Sources
363
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About the author (2008)

MICK WALL has been a rock journalist since 1977 and currently writes for Mojo, Guitar World, Classic Rock and several other newspapers and magazines around the world. He has also worked in music public relations, handling Dire Straits, Black Sabbath, The Band and Journey, among others. His books include best-selling biographies of Pearl Jam, Iron Maiden, Bono and the legendary British DJ John Peel as well as 1992's Guns N' Roses: The Most Dangerous Band in the World. He lives in England.

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