After the first page I commented to Meyles,
"This guy is
- smart as hell; and
- emotionally intelligent.
what's it about?
It's the story of Duff McKagan's rise to the pinnacle of fame and fortune, his struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction, his crash-and-burn, and his transformation.
First published in 2011. So very recent. Hot off the press, even.
quote (page 20)
"I let myself lose track of what I thought was meaningful in life even as Guns N' Roses began to become meaningful to others. Back then - on the few occasions that I thought about it at all - I could think of a million excuses for going off the rails. But in the end it seems to have hinged on a failure to grapple with a few basic definitions:
- of what it meant to be successful,
- of what it meant to be an adult,
- of what it meant to be a man.
The way I liked to define myself diverged from the actions that actually defined me. And this disconnect proved a nearly fatal level of self-deception."
How's that for transparency? Not bad, eh? I am hooked and enjoying this guy's beautiful use of words to describe complex concepts.
So, are there any Gun N Roses fans out there? Anyone at all?