Back updated to 2021 ‘Axl – The biography of the leader of Guns N’Roses’, the unofficial biography dedicated to the legendary leader of Guns N’Roses, Axl Rose. The book signed by the New Zealand writer Ken Paisli is available in Italian bookstores and digital stores, published by Il Castello brand Chinaski Edizioni. In the year he turned 60, Paisli combines the points of a life filled with sexual abuse, problems with the law and millions of records sold. Beautiful women, loves and rivalries, drugs, alcohol and in the background always rock to mark the time of this story always on the razor’s edge.
In the over three hundred pages of the volume a complete compendium of the life of the frontman and the band, through the voices of the protagonists. A meticulous reconstruction that sifted through ten books and over 500 interviews and statements from 1986 to 2021. More or less known anecdotes such as the time that “Axl sent to … Slash’s grandmother”, sometimes dramatic background funny like when “Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler rescued Axl from prison after he insulted Bon Jovi.” Background on the turbulent relationships with historical members of the very early Slash lineup, Duff McKagan, Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler (“While we were not talking, Slash came to my house drunk at night to leave me a note”). The endless line-up changes involving Gilby Clarke, Matt Sorum, Buckethead and a dozen other musicians who have appeared at King Axl’s court from Use Your Illusion onwards.
Girlfriends Erin Everly and Stephanie Seymour, managers Alan Niven, Merck Mercuradis and Doug Goldstein, record producers and producers, fellow musicians (“The Rolling Stones stopped playing to lecture him”). Each one added a piece to design this story made of rock, business and excess (The first Guns tour was thanks to a truck driver high on amphetamines). From the furious quarrel with Kurt Cobain who nearly escalated into a mega brawl, to the jokes of James Hetfield who bullied him as “Axl Pose”, to the time he had a fight with David Bowie drunk over a woman.
In the updated version, in addition to a rich photographic section, the recent history of the band is documented. From the interminable gestation of the ‘Chinese Democracy’ album to the recent reunion and tour. In particular, the reasons why former founding member Izzy Stradlin did not participate in the ‘Not In This Lifetime’ tour, rumors about the division of earnings between the three gunners and much more. The 2016 reunion, in fact, seems to be the result of a delicate diplomatic commitment by bassist Duff McKagan (“There was no one else who communicated with both Slash and Axl, he was a good intermediary”). The lack of Izzy, on the other hand, seems to be due to economic problems that Stradlin blames the band (“They didn’t want to share the loot”).