Davis, Stephen - Watch You Bleed: The Saga Of Guns N' Roses

Davis, Stephen - Watch You Bleed: The Saga Of Guns N' Roses

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ISBN: 9781592403776
pages: 448
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From the New York Times bestselling author, the complete story of the last rock supergroup from their drugfueled blast-off in the 1980s to the turbulent life of legendary singer Axl Rose and his fifteen-year, multi-million dollar effort to make the perfect hardrock album.With 90 million of the bands records sold worldwide since 1987, Guns N Roses prolonged rock music past its sell-by date with controversial albums and immense, often riotous world tours. But the bands complete story has never been fully tolduntil now. In his sixth major rock biography, Stephen Davis details the riveting story of a band that originated in the gutters of Sunset Strip and went on to set attendance records on the biggest stadiums on the planet. Watch You Bleed documents the improbable story of W. Axl Rose, the biggest rock star of his generation. Taken from an abusive father in his infancy, he was raised as Bill Bailey in a strictly religious Indiana household by a stepfather who beat him for playing Led Zeppelin songs on the family piano. After quitting high school, and on the run from the police in his hometown, Axl arrived in Los Angeles in the midst of the street battles for supremacy among the top music genres of the eightiespost-punk, thrash, hair metal, and glam. The book also charts the backgrounds of every band member, especially Slash, a Hollywood street kid whose designer mother dated David Bowie. Davis brilliantly captures the birth of Guns raw power, whichdespite rape charges, drug-induced rampages, and a general appetite for destruction launched the band into the pantheon of rock gods such as Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. With a wealth of detail, Davis looks at Axls unrelenting quest to release the long-awaited, mystery-shrouded Chinese Democracy album, as well as the further adventures of some of the Gunners under the banner of the hard-rocking band Velvet Revolver. For the first time, millions of Guns N Roses fans will learn the whole truthsometimes funny, sometimes tragicabout the last of the great rock bands.