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My Appetite For Destruction: Sex, and Drugs, and Guns N' Roses [Hardcover]

Steven Adler
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July 19 2010

From Steven Adler, the original drummer for Guns N’ Roses, comes My Appetite for Destruction, the inside story of GNR. Offering a different perspective from the bestselling Slash, Adler chronicles his life with the band, and own intense struggle with addiction, as seen on Dr. Drew’s Celebrity Rehab and Sober House.

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“Great for the die-hard GNR fan…This is a cautionary tale, all the way.” (Penthouse)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Tommy Skylar TOP 100 REVIEWER
Steven Adler is smart, he really is, he's smart by being fully aware that he's a has-been and he says it himself in the beginning of the book. Here's another thing; he's really a nice guy. His story is an interesting one and he tells it like it is, he knows he screwed up big time on many occasions in his life and that he did a lot of damage to those whore cared and loved him. Steven did abused alcohol and drugs, but then again many GN'R members did. However, probably no one suffered more from it than Adler did. I always felt sorry for Adler because he was the only one smiling in the Guns N'Roses videos and he would always sign autographs and seem to have a good time, he truly enjoyed the rockstar life to the fullest. Adler really is a fan who got to be a rockstar and hang out and meet many of his idols like Steven Tyler and Aerosmith, he himself loves the fans and knows what it's like to be one and that's appealing to the readers. He was the original drummer in Guns N'Roses and that counts for something, right? I didn't rush out when My Appetite For Destruction was released but Adler's got a story to tell and his book is worth is reading if you're a fan.

I remember reading Slash's 2007 autobiography, which was really good, and reading in the autobiography about Adler and what he was like. I can say that after reading this book Slash was right in his portrayal of Adler in his own bio. Steven is really this trippy, joyful character but drugs played a big role in his life and ruined a lot of things for him. I'm glad that's been doing much better lately and that he received the help and support he needed to get over his addictions and problems.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By tkarmy
As one of the biggest GNR fans on the planet (I've seen them 10 times, own countless bootlegs, all the disks, and have met AXL!) I feel I'm a pretty good judge on what is good and what is not. I've read every book published on the band and probably 90% of the interviews they've done.

Steven's book is a good read. It gives you a great look into the madness that went along with being the drummer in one the biggest bands in the world. You definitely get the impression he was/is just a happy go lucky 15 year old for life. Some great tales are recounted in this book that I haden't heard before and his side of his departure is interesting, albeit it I wouldn't necessarily trust his perspective on the matter.

In the end you feel sorry for the guy. If given more of a chance he probably could have helped make the illusions a greater disks. Sadly, the book after he got kicked out of GNR was a bit of a bore. I got high, I messed up, I got high, I messed up... repeat. Shocking one body could endure so much damage and still be with us.

If your a gnr fan this book is a must but I wouldn't necessarily believe everything in here is the truth. 3 solid stars
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good read Sept. 2 2010
it is what it is. an honest book of what he experienced. unassuming manner of some shocking stuff.i personally liked it.if you are gonna right a book about your life you might as well tell it all,which he seems to have done.
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Egocentrisim Aug. 26 2010
I wasted my money on this book! I don`t really know why I bought it. I guess it was my love for music and admiration of musicians. I was hoping for a story of a genuine talent. I got an autobiography of a drug addict, a person with no respect for himself or anyone else. To sum it up the content and the writing are rather disgusting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars His side of the story July 31 2010
By Tricia Weight - Published on
The story of Steven Adler's life as a member of Guns N Roses, one of rock and roll's most volatile, decadent and out of control bands, is both terrifying and awe-inspiring. His new book, My Appetite For Destruction: Sex and Drugs and Guns N' Roses, due for release July 27th, really hits home--but not for being a thrill-inducing rock and roll story. Actually it's just the opposite. Adler's candor and self-reflection make this book a different kind of rock star memoir entirely.

Steven Adler absolutely does not try to pretty up his story; there's no attempt to make himself look heroic or, as so often happens in rock star biographies, victimized. Adler puts aside his own ego to tell a story that is bitingly poignant in its brutal honesty.

Adler also proves that sometimes coming clean is the harder part of getting clean. Something he does well in My Appetite For Destruction. At times you feel distinctly, painfully, the breakdown, the regrets, the realization of all that was lost.

Steven opens up with an admission that he had locked himself away in his trailer to do drugs directly after opening for the Rolling Stones in 1989; his dreams had finally come true, but he was in no shape to enjoy it. He couldn't walk around backstage, meeting, greeting, basking in the amazing, historic moment--the drugs were calling, and he had to answer. It was just one of those moments that he can't take back; he'll never get a chance to do it over. It's the kind of regret that will haunt him forever after.

In the band Guns N Roses you had five men whose dreams all came true, but the joy in their rise to fame was finished before it had begun, lost in the pursuit of the next fix.

They were living in a fog of heroin, cocaine, alcohol and women that never allowed them to really feel what was happening to them, the highs and lows muted by drugs--except Axl Rose, of course, who had an affliction of his own which, rather than forcing him to get control of his manic abusiveness, acted as a license to further brutalize his bandmates, and Steven in particular.

Being the youngest and most insecure of the group, Steven seemed to generate a specific attention from Rose, much as the schoolyard bully will hone in on the kid he believes is the weakest on the playground, and particularly if he knows that no one will come to that kid's defense.

The glowering burn of Axl's hatred, although it eventually extended to every member of the band, began with Steven and finally culminated in Adler's humiliating eviction from the band.

The rest of the band just shuffled on in true rock and roll style, stepping over the body of yet another fallen comrade. Guns N Roses had to make a choice and they could not be Guns N Roses without Axl's distinct vocals. They all seemed to realize that Axl's was a war of attrition--and he was determined to outlast them all. And he did. He claimed ownership of the band's name and began touring with Guns N Roses, as the only original member.

And yet...

In telling the story of his life, sharing his years in the world's most glamorized and volatile rock band, Steven Adler never seems to lose that part of himself that seemed to make him a target for Axl's wrath, his boyish enthusiasm, his pure joy in traveling and meeting people who he admired. He was, and is, first and foremost, a rock music fan.

Steven comes clean on everything--from emotional, physical and sexual abuse to sharing groupies. He shares his hurt, confusion and anger over seeing his dreams devastated, but he holds himself as responsible for that as anyone else. Only after reading can you truly understand that holding a grudge just wouldn't be a part Steven Adler's nature.

In many cases I wouldn't blame him for harboring resentments, but he seems to be able to step back from the situation and look at it with maturity and a positive attitude. Even in the face of Axl's abuse and Slash's betrayal, he regards his former bandmates in a brotherly fashion, five men who shared an amazing experience, an unbreakable bond that Steven feels should never be let go lightly.

My Appetite For Destruction: Sex and Drugs and Guns N' Roses is a book that should be read by fans of the band and anyone planning to go into the music business. Adler talks about the people who supported the band, who helped them along the road to success, who were thrown by the way-side as the band climbed the ladder to fame. Those who took advantage of their enthusiasm and naivete. He shares the stories of his friendships with other rock stars and growing up with Slash; two neighborhood kids raised by their grandmothers who had two things in common, they couldn't stay out trouble, and they wanted to be rock stars.

He also discusses Axl and others whose need to control the band finally destroyed them. And those rock stars that he had admired who betrayed his youthful adoration. He talks about the bands he met along the way, Motley Crue, Poison, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith and others.

Steven suffered a stroke and many relapses before wrestling his demons into submission. He talks about his rehab attempts and failures, and finally, meeting his wife and finding a support network of people who love him just as he is, and just as it should be.
32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool July 28 2010
By T. Lexington - Published on
Steven Adler finally puts pen to paper and records his sordid tale of Rock n' Roll debauchery for posterity. This Hell raising drummer's autobiography is the latest in a line of Rock n' Roll retrospectives that document the excesses of the L.A. glam rock/metal scene circa 1985. Here we find Steven Adler in his drug-fueled and sex-crazed prime.

While "Hammer of the Gods" remains the standard of Rock n' Roll memoirs, Steven Adler's book holds up nicely alongside others recounting the hazy Rock scene of the 80's such as "Walk This Way" "Slash" and "The Dirt." Yes, Steven's book is ghostwritten but so are the others written by his peers. No, Steven's book isn't Shakespeare but neither are the others written by his peers. It is in that context which this book should be judged.

In his own book, Vince Neil writes how tales of drugs, raging parties and sexual debauchery are the things that people really want to read about. That's especially true when talking about a band like Motley Crue or GN'R. While nothing in Adler's book tops Zeppelin's shark fish incident or Motley's sexual escapade with those two girls in Dallas, they come close.

In this book read how Steven:

* Met Slash at age 13
* Tried to join the Navy
* Had orgies orchestrated by Nikki Sixx and Steven Tyler
* Had a three-way with Izzy and some groupie
* Saved Nikki Sixx's life after the Crueman's O.D.
* Bangs Tommy Lee's sister
* Is thrown out of GN'R

It's great that Steven Adler has persevered through all the challenges, trials and tribulations that have come his way. I hope that this book and his guest drumming on Slash's solo album pave the way for future gigs, money and success.

GN'R fans express regret that the band broke up and fantasize about how cool it would have been if they just held it together and continued to rock. But even cooler is how the band imploded in a downward spiral of sex and drugs while somehow managing not to die while still leaving a musical legacy...very Rock N' Roll
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Little Gratitude Feb. 7 2011
By LooLoo - Published on
That's the best thing about this memoir as far as I'm concerned. While Steven launches into the typical rock n roll trysts and tirades involving an endless string of girls, drugs, chaos and addiction and a typically frustrating inability to get with the program, he comes out being the most sympathetic of all the members of Guns N Roses. I'm an enormous fan of the bands music which is at odds with my personal disdain for varying aspects of virtually every members general ineptitude to handle their good fortune whether it be due to addiction, selfishness, ignorance or rampant narcissism. I find Steve to be the least of all of these for a couple reasons- he is the only band member who, despite his grievances with people, recognizes kindnesses shown to him and has an attitude of gratitude in general however poorly he may have handled himself. He's certainly as childish as the the others but looks beyond their slights, and at many points in the book takes care to point out good times he had, moments shared, and to thank Axl, Slash, and a number of others for kindnesses shown him in spite of all the betrayals which shows a benevolence and a maturity I just don't see from the other members. He seems to be a genuinely sweet natured guy who was naive to the pitfalls of success, the greed of humans in general and you sort of see the glimmer of a sweet child behind the damaged narrative of a permanently emotionally scarred addict. His enthusiasm remains buried beneath all that and I came away somewhat liking him, unlike Axl or Slash whose lack of integrity overall I found difficult to dismiss. Steven is the only band member who seems to have learned the most important lesson in this tragic downfall of one of the greatest bands of all time and that is simply that they are better together than they are apart. Separately they have talent but together they achieve greatness- that inexplicable magic that every band wants and so few have. Selfishness, greed, and a host of other problems prevent all the other members from understanding this simple principle. Even though his contributions were dismissed by the other band members causing great pain and psychic damage to this already fragile person, he comes out of it more humble than the rest; secure in the value of his contributions. He doesn't walk away immediately, he still in spite of this just wants to play and is summarily dismissed and abandoned by everyone in the band by a kind of awful mob mentality in which the pack turns on the one member who simply doesn't have what it takes to be out for himself and himself only. Tragically, I don't think Steve realizes the value of these qualities he possesses and I'm not sure the people around him do either, which to their credit is probably overshadowed by the chaos and pain of his self destructive behavior and endless repetition of the same mistakes. Despite this, I dig Steve, and I wish him well.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So psyched! July 27 2010
By Jonathan Wiedemann - Published on
This is a harrowing and often hilarious account of the highs and lows of rock 'n roll at its most extreme. For G & R fans, this is a must-read; for rock 'n roll lovers, a fun glimpse into an insane world. Steven Adler is listed as the author and the tale is definitely his, but it is clear from the fast-paced, well-written, and often humorous writing that award-winning author Larry Spagnola, whose own gonzo life may end up in a similar book someday, is the narrative voice here. Well done... long live G & R!
20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No real revelations or insight Sept. 21 2010
By Wayne A. Judkins - Published on
Having read Slash's autobio on GNR and found it to be a pompous, albeit reasonably candid, account of an undeniably milestone band, thought I would give Adler's book a shot after seeing him as the train-wreck he was on Celebrity Rehab. Adler certainly comes across as more likable than Slash (and let's not even start with Axl!), but as another reviewer noted, his vacillation between taking responsibility for his addiction and other issues and blaming his parents/peers/bandmates gets a bit old. As a youth counselor, reading books like these are illuminating for me about just how dysfunctional some children's homes are, but if you are looking to read as a GNR fan, I wouldn't bother with either narrative. Adler delights in telling of his multiple sexual conquests (sometimes in disturbing detail for me) and about getting high, but there isn't any real payoff or anything resembling a conclusion to the book. Hoping for a bit more of an epiphany, but I don't think Adler's capable, at least at this moment in his life. Wish him all the best, though with his 'new' band, and hoping he can get/stay clean!
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