It's So Easy by Duff McKagan

It's So Easy

By Duff McKagan

  • Release Date: 2011-10-04
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 107 Ratings
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In his New York Times bestseller, Duff McKagan, founding member of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver, shares the story of his rise to fame and fortune, his struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction, his personal crash and burn, and his life-saving transformation via a unique path to sobriety.

In 1984, at the age of twenty, Duff McKagan left his native Seattle—partly to pursue music but mainly to get away from a host of heroin overdoses then decimating his closest group of friends in the local punk scene. In LA only a few weeks and still living in his car, he answered a want ad for a bass player placed by someone who identified himself only as “Slash.” Soon after, the most dangerous band in the world was born. Guns N’ Roses went on to sell more than 100 million albums worldwide.

In It’s So Easy, Duff recounts Guns’ unlikely trajectory to a string of multiplatinum albums, sold-out stadium concerts, and global acclaim. But that kind of glory can take its toll, and it did—ultimately—on Duff, as well as on the band itself. As Guns began to splinter, Duff felt that he himself was done, too. But his near death as a direct result of alcoholism proved to be his watershed, the turning point that sent him on a unique path to sobriety and the unexpected choices he has made for himself since.

In a voice that is as honest as it is indelibly his own, Duff—one of rock’s smartest and most articulate personalities—takes readers on a harrowing journey through the dark heart of one of the most notorious bands in rock-and-roll history and out the other side.


  • Duff McKagan-it's so easy

    By Strat2112
    I have read a few books about the LA strip heyday years. Slash, Bobbie Brown, Billy Idol. They all give a good insight to the hedonistic times of the 80's on Hollywood blvd. This book starts off the same way. What I liked more was what Duff accomplished after the golden G n R years. It's nice to know someone actually picked up the pieces rebuilt himself and got out alive and successful. An inspiration to many I'm sure. Good on ya Duff!!
  • Great book

    By Willthethrill71
    Duff did a great job telling his story and glad he's been able to live a full and productive life after GN'R. Probably one of the best bio's I've read and found it hard to put down. I made the mistake of thinking i could read just the intro at 11pm and before I knew it, it was 3am and I was over 100 pages in!
  • Enlightening

    By Shawn Halayka
    As a father and a son, I have been enlightened and encouraged by McKagan's story in many different ways. The first half of the book is extremely monotonous and slow, but it is very well written. My first thought was that this book was surely ghost written. Half way through, the story completely changes tone and the pace picks up considerably. I realize now that the first half of the book had to be monotonous -- the monotony wasn't a flaw, it was a true reflection of his life. I now think for sure that this book was written by McKagan himself, and that he is a great writer. All said, the entire book is perfect just as it is. Habits like finding solitude by submerging oneself in a forest of trees is something that I know very well, but I never had the proper words to explain the beauty of such an experience. McKagan gives us these proper words, many times over, but without even a hint of pretension. That's what a world class author does. I hope that McKagan publishes again sometime soon.
  • It's so easy

    By Ccjs71
    A bit repetitive and long winded. Couldn't wait to get to the end.
  • It's so easy

    By Dab32
    Very cool to know about some of the backstage antics that go on. Would have loved to read more about the creative processes. As a musician and fan, I would also always like to keep learning more. Maybe another tome about the little things that get the juices flowing.
  • More than just another rock bio!

    By Ken Redekop
    I was expecting to read about a guy who went from rags to riches as a member of one of the world's most famous rock bands, and also about the excesses and debauchery and inevitable crash from such a lifestyle ... what was unexpected and truly made the book special was the second half of the book in which Duff came back from the depths of despair and the rock n roll lie(festyle) to become such an accomplished man and father whose priorities and appreciation for the straight monogamous lifestyle trumped the rock life that many mistakenly think is the one to live.