HB - 292 x 248 mm
250 full-colour Illustrations
Rights Sold: UK, USA, Canada, Czech Republic
Market: Music, Popular Culture
Guns N' Roses
The Life and Times of a Rock 'N' Roll Band
by Paul Elliott
Guns N’ Roses emerged from Los Angeles in the 1980s to become a global rock’n’roll phenomenon, selling in total more than 100 million albums. Three decades on, Guns N’ Roses are once again headline news around the world – with the return of iconic guitarist Slash marking the end of his bitter 20-year feud with singer Axl Rose.
When Guns N’ Roses’ debut album Appetite For Destruction was released in 1987, the band were so out of control that their record company stated: “They’ll make it – if they live.” And yet, somehow, they did. Appetite For Destruction became the biggest selling debut in the history of American music, and songs such as Sweet Child O’ Mine, Welcome To The Jungle and Paradise City became era-defining classics. Known as 'The Most Dangerous Band In The World', Guns N’ Roses’ success continued into the 1990s with the albums Use Your Illusion I and II, but by the end of that decade only singer Axl Rose remained from the original line up.
This book follows the complete story of Guns N’ Roses: the highs and lows, the triumphs and failures, the fights, the excess, and the great music that shook the world. Now, with Axl and Slash reunited – along with another member of the band’s classic line-up, Duff McKagan – Guns N’ Roses are set to make history once again with one of the biggest tours ever.
The story continues…
Author Paul Elliott started writing about rock in 1985 as a contributor to Sounds, and has since worked for Kerrang!, Q, Vox, Heat, Blender (US), Metal Hammer and various other titles. His books include the first biography of Guns N’ Roses (published by Hamlyn), and Star Man, the autobiography of rock bodyguard Michael Francis (published by Simon & Schuster). Paul currently writes for Classic Rock and MOJO.