Slash talks about a new book, childhood with Joni Mitchell, how he “stumbled into” playing the guitar, and why Guns N’ Roses is likely to be canceled in this day and age.

God Slash Guns N’ Roses certainly led A.J wild animals, and if he wanted to write an erotic memoir filled with typical themes of sex, drugs and rock and roll, dozens of publishing houses would certainly make him an offer. Only the audio album GN’R Lies — who turns 35 this year — and the “One in a Million” debate could fill a chapter long, all on its own.

But this isn’t the kind of autobiography Slash wanted to write.

“I didn’t actually think about it in that context. I mean, honestly, I didn’t really think about all of it [scandalous stuff] Recently,” Slash muses, when asked about it GN’R Lies. But now that you mentioned it, most of what you mentioned [Guns N’ Roses] Our act would cancel us out in this day and age. we will Not They’ve done well in that environment, certainly — I mean, on many different levels. But I mean, a lot of things back then wouldn’t be what you would consider acceptable at this moment in time. … I’m glad we didn’t have internet back then! It would have been a completely different world. But anyway, I’m not going to dwell on all those things. It just is what it is.”

& # 39;  Collection: Slash, & # 39;  Gibson Publishing's first official book release.  (Photo: Gibson Publishing)

“The Collection: Slash”, Gibson Publishing’s first official book release. (Photo: Gibson Publishing)

Instead, Slash chose to tell his life story in a unique way – through the backstories of his cherished guitars songs – in a massive coffee table tome Group: Slash, Gibson Publishing’s first official book release. Featuring 364 pages and Ross Halfin’s stunning photographs of his 400 or so mainstays—acoustic and electric—the gorgeous hardcover book covers everything from Slash’s first instrument (a Spanish-style single-string acoustic guitar his grandmother “put away in a closet”) to A “go-to Registration” or “Comfort-zone guitar”, which is a replica Les Paul ’59 used on appetite for destruction Handcrafted by the late Luther Chris Derig.

Through her photos, interviews and articles, Group: Slash He tells the compelling story of a man who was apparently born to play the guitar. Incredibly, though, he was raised in both the UK and Los Angeles Surrounded by music legends His late mother, Ola Hudson, was a stylist and fashion designer whose clients included rock stars David Bowie, Janis Joplin, and Ringo Starr, and his artist father, Anthony Hudson, created album art for Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. Yahoo Entertainment initially “didn’t have aspirations of actually being a musician” and “kind of got stuck in it”.

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Except from “The Collection: Slash” the Les Paul ’59 replica used in Guns N’ Roses displays an “appetite for destruction”. (Photo: Gibson Publishing)

“It’s funny, because I grew up in this world,” the rock legend, whose real name is Saul Hudson, told Yahoo Entertainment. the previous interview. “I grew up in that bohemian techno environment — tons and tons and tons of music. I never aspired to be a musician, but I loved listening to records. … I didn’t think of an instrument until I accidentally picked up the guitar, when I was about 15 years old.” It was right before my 15th birthday. And then, that changed everything. So, I guess I was predisposed to it, but I just didn’t know.”

Slash now explains that before he turned 15, he was already turning into a gearhead of sorts. “I was a huge fan of the whole process and loved going into the recording studios and watching, like, Johnny do her thing. It was a great experience. But I didn’t know I was going to be a musician. Then all of a sudden, I happened to pick up the guitar. … We used to spend a lot of time in [famous Hollywood club] Troubadour and recording studios all over town, so I was Is that true Taken with the gear set up — before the show starts, it’s all about seeing everything — and then with the actual show itself.”

A decade or so later, the Troubadour would become the setting for one of the most important nights of Slash’s career—February 28, 1986—when Geffen Records A&R scout Tom Zutaut saw a local Guns N’ Roses show there and decided to sign them. And 30 years later, when GNR reunited, their surprise warm-up for the “Not in This Lifetime” tour—the first time Slash, frontman Axl Rose, and bassist Duff McKagan had been on stage together since 1993—was at Troubabour. . However, looking back on the first six years of his formative life in the small Midlands town of Stoke-on-Trent, Slash realized he was already getting the music education that would lay the foundation for the rest of his life.

Axl Rose and Slash of Guns N & # 39;  The Roses perform at the Troubadour on the night attended by Tom Zotot of Geffen Records, who later signs them to a record deal.  (Photo: Marc S. Canter/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Axl Rose and Slash of Guns N’ Roses perform at Troubadour the night Tom Zutaut of Geffen Records, who would later sign them to a record deal, attended. (Photo: Marc S. Canter/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

“I loved living in England,” he says, “and I missed it when I left.” “The great thing about living there…is that my parents and uncles were huge fans of rock and roll — like hardcore, getting on the record and listening to it with the attention of my fans at full volume. And so, I turned into the blues, I turned into the Stones, I turned into Moody blues, turned into Pink Floyd and the Yardbirds and all that stuff that was going on at the time, like Jimi Hendrix [who first found success in Britain]. I was weaned on great British rock and roll from the start.”

And once Slash, whose real name is Saul Hudson, and his father moved to Los Angeles to rejoin Ola, who is back in the US for work, he formed key memories of commenting in the background, “Kind of like a piece of furniture,” observing his mother’s troubadours frequenting cool friends .

“There were a lot of people around — we lived in Laurel Canyon, and it was 1971 or something, so they worked with Joni Mitchell and a lot of artists like David Geffen, or like David Crosby, who just passed away. All these people were in Canyon, and it was a very shared environment. I have fond memories of just being… everybody hanging out, smoking a lot of weed and being really, really creative and everyone, for a better word, super cool.

“Everyone was really relaxed and everyone was really cool — and everyone was really tasty, which is a little different than the kind of rock and roll image we’re thinking of,” Slash continues with a nostalgic grin. “All of these guys were very, very educated and had kind of a very clear perspective on what they wanted and what they wanted to do, and they were very creative. So, it was really cool to be around that — even though I didn’t know what I was receiving at the time, looking back on that.”

Slash plays with his first band Tidus Sloan during lunchtime at Fairfax High School on June 4, 1982 in Los Angeles.  (Photo: Marc S Canter/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Slash plays with his first band Tidus Sloan during lunchtime at Fairfax High School on June 4, 1982 in Los Angeles. (Photo: Marc S Canter/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

However, it was Slash’s future GNR bandmate, drummer Steven Adler, and Eric Clapton’s wit-loving mentor – Not namely one of his parents’ famous friends – who eventually convinced Slash to take up the guitar seriously. “I went to [Adler’s] One afternoon, and he took one of those really cheap electric guitars from the department store and an amplifier, and an equally cheap stereo, and put Kiss Alive II Run, and just whack everything on it,” Slash He remembers. I mean, at that point, we were also playing a lot of air guitar, so we were kind of discovering our own music at that age. And I thought, ‘We’re going to start a band together!’ That silly, dreamy thing: ‘We’re going to start a band!'”

Slash initially thought he would play bass, but a visit to a nearby music school changed his fate forever. “I went in there without an instrument, and I didn’t know what I was doing, and I went in and talked to the teacher, this guy Robert Walling, who I’ve talked to many times over the years. So, he took me into the room and we were talking, and he was playing guitar the whole time, And he was playing Clapton. And I said, “Well, that’s what I want to do.” And then he said, “This isn’t bass, this is lead guitar.” And that started. That’s where I went.”

And the rest was history – and now all that history is being bundled into it group: slash, that Available to order here In various editions, including a custom collectible edition limited to just 500 copies. Watch Slash’s full interview with Yahoo Entertainment above to learn about “The Guitar I Got Away With”; How do GN’R Lies And another Guns N’ Roses album that celebrates its birthday this year, The spaghetti incident?, were loose and spontaneous projects; and Slash else A huge variety of snakes, including Pandora, the famous boa constrictor he starred in GN’R Lies-Lara “Patience” video clip.

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