Music, Non-fiction

Drugs and rock’n’roll

This week I decided to dive into another non-fiction book. This time it was the autobiography of Duff McKagan, titled “It’s so easy (and other lies)”.

Duff has a story to tell. And what a story it is.


Duff’s autobiography is a great summary of what the rock’n’roll world is all about. He takes us through the story of living in his hometown and shares his ideas and hopes from the time when he first decided to move to a big city to pursue his dreams.

Duff talks about his time playing with Guns N’ Roses, including all of the ugly sides of fame and having too much time and money. But the story doesn’t end there. We get to follow Duff around up until the year of the book release in 2011.

To be completely honest, I found the book a bit overwhelming at times. While I was able to identify with Duff in his teenage years, yearning to play music for a living and being all angsty, I found that the story of the band, full of drama and unexpected negatives, was just a bit sad. My pace of reading picked up once I got to the second half of the book – Duff’s personal story.

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I don’t want to share too much because nobody likes spoilers. I’m going to take into account that Duff is a public figure and some details may already be known to you. The thing is, once Duff stopped taking drugs he suddenly became all the more likable. Through the whole first part of the book, we listen to this narrator thinking along the right lines but telling us all about this drunkard guy. The second part of the book is where the Duff that is just a voice up until now shows. And everything gets just a little bit nicer.

Don’t get me wrong – the book is addressing some issues that are often hidden. We all like to believe that rock starts that we look up to are living THE life. In Duff’s story, this myth is stripped bare. This book along with other, similar publications is needed. As people, we like to idealize many aspects of lives of others. Reading a true-story from time to time helps to keeps this daydreaming at bay.


There it is. Maybe I wasn’t entirely swept off my feet by this book because it kept me from looking at the music industry through pink sunglasses? Let the girl dream!

I respect Duff for sharing his story. I think I learned few things by reading his book. I liked it, but I have to say I didn’t love it.

Rating:   3 / 5


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