The co-author of VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash's self-titled memoir Anthony Bozza has teamed up with MySpace to post an exclusive blog titled "The Soundtrack" in which he gives his suggested tracks by Slash to listen to while reading the book. Here is an excerpt from the blog:
"It took exactly eight seconds for me to become a fan of GUNS N' ROSES; the first time I heard the jagged, foreboding opening riff of 'Welcome to the Jungle', I was all in. I saw GUNS many times over the years, and when(ever) they took the stage, they never disappointed (for however long they played, that is). Even when GUNS were a bit raw and wasted as they were when I saw them at The Ritz, in New York City in 1988, or polished and (perhaps too) professional as they were on the Illusion tours, they had electricity — a tangible reckless abandon that cemented the music to the scrappy renegades that made it.
"When I was given the opportunity to work directly with Slash to write his memoir, I jumped at it — who wouldn't? All of the original five members made 'Appetite for Destruction' one of the greatest rock and roll albums of all time — one which seems to do nothing but get better with age — but if there are two defining sounds to the band, Slash is the Gun and Axl is the Roses. Rarely are a guitarist and a singer's sounds fused so organically that the product becomes a new instrument - the band's musical identity. There are others of course; Jagger and Richards, Tyler and Perry and Page and Plant — all of them legends. When that chemistry is right, it's as if there are two singers working together to tell the story — one of them just happens to be a guitar.
"During the course of poring through the hours of interview transcript we complied and writing the resulting narrative that you all know as Slash, I of course called upon Mr. Hudson's entire catalog, with and without GUNS, for inspiration during many a late night. The book was intense work; we interviewed five nights a week from around midnight until the wee hours for a few months, and my writing took place over the next four months (I don't suggest trying this if you don't have to), typically on the same schedule. It seemed fitting; I wanted to write under the same conditions in which I'd learned all that I never knew about Slash and Saul Hudson. Besides, I'd learned pretty quickly that the twilight hours are Slash's prime time, and most nights I could expect a long phone call to go over the finer points of a story or hear a freshly recalled, always-compelling, tale for the first time."
Read more at www.myspace.com/slashbook.
Several video clips of Slash and his co Anthony Bozza talking about the axeman's self-titled memoir, "Slash", can be viewed below.