It’s So Easy (And Other Lies)
by Duff McKagan
Touchstone Books, 2011
Over the past few years, rock fans have been treated to the life stories of some of the biggest names from the 1980s Hollywood scene. Last year Duff McKagan, original bass player for the legendary Guns N’ Roses, decided to join the fray with his own autobiography. If you have read Slash’s book, many of the GNR stories will sound familiar, but McKagan’s Seattle backstory shows a different dimension to the punk influences that shaped the band’s sound. Duff recounts his move to Los Angeles, the formation of one of the greatest hard rock groups ever, and the parts of the tours that he can remember. McKagan was so lost in a haze of illicit drugs that he didn’t realize he had been to the Czech Republic until he saw the stamp on his passport. Unfortunately, he wasn’t the only member of the band in that condition, and Axl Rose took advantage of the situation to secure rights to the Guns N’ Roses name.
McKagan briefly talks about his solo records, his time with Neurotic Outsiders, Loaded, and Velvet Revolver, and his health struggles, much of which stemmed from his drug and alcohol use. He writes about getting sober, getting healthy, going back to school, and starting a family. His story is one of rags to riches, financially, physically, and emotionally.