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My Appetite for Destruction: Sex, and Drugs, and Guns N’ Roses by Steven Adler Review

Title: My Appetite for Destruction: Sex, and Drugs, and Guns N’ Roses

Author: Steven Adler

First published July 27, 2010

286 pages, Hardcover

ISBN: 9780061917110 (ISBN10: 0061917117)

Rating: 3.58


Discover the uncensored and gripping story of Guns N’ Roses through the eyes of Steven Adler, the band’s original drummer. In My Appetite for Destruction, Adler shares his personal journey of success, excess, and addiction, providing a unique and raw perspective on the inner workings of one of the most notorious rock bands in history.

From his rise to fame with GNR to his struggles with substance abuse, Adler’s account is both compelling and heart-wrenching. Don’t miss this captivating memoir that takes you behind the scenes of the sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle that defined an era.

Editoral Review

My Appetite for Destruction: Sex, and Drugs, and Guns N’ Roses, written by Steven Adler and published on July 27, 2010, is a memoir that offers an unflinching glimpse into the life and times of one of the original members of the iconic rock band, Guns N’ Roses. Adler is a drummer and co-founder of Guns N’ Roses, who became famous for their brand of raw, hard-hitting rock music, heavy drug use, and wild lifestyles.

In this book, Adler shares intimate details of his life, starting from his childhood and tracing his career in the music industry, personal relationships, battles with addiction, and eventual expulsion from Guns N’ Roses. The book is written in a conversational tone, with the style and format reflecting that of a diary or journal.

It is structured in chronological order, starting with Adler’s early years and progressing through his adolescence and early adulthood. The memoir is divided into three parts, each focusing on different phases of Adler’s life.

The first part covers his childhood and his early experiences with music, while the second part deals with the formation of the band and their initial success. The third part deals with Adler’s decline into addiction, his expulsion from the band, and his subsequent struggles with rehabilitation.

Adler’s memoir is a candid and detailed account of his personal experiences, and the book benefits from his honesty and willingness to share his most vulnerable moments with readers. The experiences recounted in this book shed light on the dark underbelly of fame and success, showcasing a lifestyle of drug abuse, wild parties, and excess.

Adler does not shy away from discussing his addictions or the negative repercussions that they had on his life and career. He also talks about his relationships with other members of the band and how they influenced his own behavior.

However, at times, the book feels repetitive or self-indulgent, with some chapters potentially revealing more than readers may want to know. Additionally, the lack of editorial oversight or structure could lead to confusion for readers who may not have any prior knowledge of Guns N’ Roses or the music industry.

Overall, My Appetite for Destruction offers an engaging and often harrowing insight into the life of a successful rock star as well as the consequences of drug addiction. Despite its weaknesses, the book stands as a testament to Adler’s perseverance and resilience in facing his demons, and the lessons he learned about himself and the world around him.

The memoir will appeal to fans of Guns N’ Roses, as well as those interested in rock music and addiction.

Therefore, I would recommend this memoir with a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars.