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Rolling Stone - How Guns N' Roses formed (extract from new book)

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Mostly well known stories, but it seems that the quotes are new (except the Izzy ones, which are taken from old interviews)


The members of Guns N’ Roses, as well as musicians like Tracii Guns who played in both L.A. Guns and the first GN’R lineup, have now recalled their wild origin story in vivid detail for a new book that chronicles hard rock’s decade of decadence. Nöthin’ but a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the ’80s Hard Rock Explosion, by authors and Rolling Stone contributors Tom Beaujour and Richard Bienstock, presents an oral history of GN’R’s formation in between chapters on Bon Jovi, Skid Row, Cinderella, Mötley Crüe, and other acts who embodied Eighties excess. In the excerpt that follows, the band, as well as musicians who played in the many tributary groups that led to GN’R, explain how the man they knew as “Bill” came to change his name to Axl Rose and front the most dangerous band in Los Angeles.

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I enjoyed this excerpt. I added this book to my Kindle wishlist so I can remember when it comes out. I'll probably end up reading it. I like the way it's just told in quotes from people who were there. My favorite part of the except was, "We came up with the name Guns and Rose, which was just his last name and my last name. And then within five minutes Axl’s like, “Nah, man, Guns and Roses.” 

Tracii is always good for a quote. My favorite Tracii quote ever is (and I'm paraphrasing): "Jimmy Page never heard a riff he didn't steal."

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