It's So Easy (and Other Lies): The Autobiography

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  • ISBN-13: 9781409131649
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/28/2011

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  • Posted January 9, 2012

    Not your typical rock and roll read

    Let me start by saying that I have read dozens of rock autobiographies, memoirs and biographies over the years. Usually the more drug filled and sorted the better it is. I have never taken the time to write a review but after reading "It's so easy" I had to say a few words.

    Duff, you are the man! This starts out like many other of the books I read, sex, drugs and rock and roll. Starting out just wanting to play music all the way to waking up and not knowing what country you are in and everything in between. You have read it all before.

    Where this book changes course is when Duff decides to quit drinking or face death. Rehab, nope, he does it his own way. I will let the reader experience that for themselves, but you will be inspired i assure you. Smart guy for sure, and now he has dedicated his life to working with and helping others as well as his persuit of the music he continues to share with us in many forms, mostly his band Loaded.

    I have met literally hundreds of rock stars from a former job and really could nto think of too many that I would like to meet until i read this book. Duff if you read this stuff, thank you for sharing your life with us and continued Godspeed on your sobriety and life with your beautiful family!

    Read this book, you will not be sorry!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

    It's So Easy to love Duff's story

    When Duff McKagan announced the publication of his memoir, I was immediately excited as a longtime Guns N' Roses fan. Their career stands as the ultimate rock 'n' roll tale: humble beginnings, a meteoric rise to superstardom, self-indulgent excesses, and finally inevitable destruction. Over the years we've received many sides to the story from the various band members. Slash's recent autobiography was a great read and an intriguing account of what went on inside what was at the time the world's greatest rock group. Duff's book presents a fresh take on this unforgettable ride, along with an unprecedented look into his own personal struggles and triumphs. McKagan is always supremely frank and well-spoken in his recollections, never holding back the gritty details. "It's So Easy" ultimately becomes an examination of addiction, conflict, and defeat on the road to conquering one's demons. You can't help but identify with Duff and respect him even more as both an artist and a man after reading this memoir. Nothing is sugarcoated, and that's the point. Duff explores the darker side of fame, but comes through it with a sense of peace and achievement greater than any platinum record.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

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    Anxious

    I am anxious to read this book. I have read Slash's and Steven's books and really enjoyed them both. GN'R is my all time favorite band and I have followed the careers of the original 5 members (Axl, Slash, Izzy, Duff and Steven) since the beginning. I will always and forever be a GN'R fan.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Great Read !!!!

    I stumbled onto this book after seeing Duff on Dr Phil ( youtube takes me to the strangest places ) . I was captivated by his story . Duff proves to be a loving friend, husband, and father . Not to mention a fantastic well rounded musician and songwriter in one of the greatest bands of all time .

    As someone who is in the early stages of recovery , his story is an example that there is hope for guys like us .

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

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    It's So Easy And Other Lies

    Another young man makes it big in the music business, spends money on drugs and alcohol and almost kills himself in the process. Then after finding no solace in the music he is playing, cleans. Up, finds love and goes to business school. Not really an uplifting tale, but still one of hope and promise.

    Although, I was not a follower of Guns N Roses, I do enjoy reading memoirs and since this one that is in an area I know little about, I thought I would give it a try. I found Duff's storytelling to be interesting and although, they are points in his life that he skims over then comes back to, I did enjoy how he explained what his life was like and how he was able to overcome many obstacles. I am sure fans of the band will enjoy the book as much as I did.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2015

    Jill Thompson

    Found out a lot I didn't know about Duff. A good read I couldn't put it down ,loved it!

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  • Posted February 7, 2015

    I'm a huge Guns N Roses fan so for me, this book was a must read

    I'm a huge Guns N Roses fan so for me, this book was a must read. Duff tells his story exceptionally well, it held my interest from the beginning to the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2015

    Relateable

    I have worked my way through a majority of the original members of GnR books. I see a piece of me that relates to each of their stories because of addiction. Out of all them, I enjoyed reading Duff's book the most. It was much more rooted into reality than the drug fueled haze the previous two books of Slash and Adler presented of the GnR story. I was able to associate with Duff's addiction for alcohol, though I was amateur to the level indulgence he presented, the mentality is where I resonated the most. Duff also shows to be a point of inspiration for me in his telling of life. It's a struggle for many of us and it is how we handle that defines us. I could only hope to do just as well with my recovery as he has.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2014

    Love him!

    I enjoyed his story alot. i liked his writing it was easy reading and flowed good. I would read another book by him if he wrote another book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2014

    G R E A T!

    Wow! I went into this book hoping to read GN'R exploits and I got my moneys worth! Written from the front lines of GN'R, this book offers the perspective only a member of the band could present. The tales are wild and rowdy and dangerous and thrilling!

    Far more surprising though was the human being behind all of the GN'R decadence. Duff comes off as a humble; highly intelligent and compassionate man (husband and father). I found myself draw to him as he wrote about the years following GN'R: The life and death medical issues; quitting drugs and booze; his dedication to fitness and optimism; his love of family and friends.

    Even when Duff is documenting a temporary return to drugs he does it in a way that is completely honest and does not attempt to spare his own ego. Duff presents himself far beyond the two-dimensional rock and roll star and shows himself to be a vulnerable and gifted human being.

    A really great biography Duff!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    Great read!

    Loved it! If you are a GNR fan this is a must read. Well written, page turner. Left me wanting more. Very inspirational. Two thumbs up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    Enjoyed this book immensely. Duff was never (in my mind at leas

    Enjoyed this book immensely. Duff was never (in my mind at least) the most well known of the GnR members but I developed a new respect for him after reading his memoirs. Great writing style - not "f this", "f that" but written more like a normal human being relating his experiences. Most of us have dreamed of being rock starts but that will never happen. With Duff's book you can get a sense for what it was all like and maybe even imagine that you yourself went through it. A lot of fun - I read it a 2nd time shortly after the first. Would recommend to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    Interesting to see how he made it through to the other side. Kee

    Interesting to see how he made it through to the other side. Keep up the hard work!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Its a good read and well written.

    One of the better GnR books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Buy it

    One the best rock books available.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    A must for any 80's rock fan.

    As a die hard hard rock fan, and the 1980's hard rock scene especially, I bought this as a fan of Guns n Roses & because I am a Seattle music homer. Obviously this covers his time in GnR, Velvet Revolver, but his solo record during his time in GnR, & his current band, Loaded. He also goes into his family life extensively, especially him being a father, which he loves being. He makes no bones about his drug & alcohol addiction, & speaks candidly about it.

    Bottom line, if you are a hard rock fan, you will not be disappointed in this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Love

    This book was very good, Kept my attention .i just totally love him after reading this. What a extrordinary man!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Highly recommend.

    Growing up in the 80's, and being a big GnR fan, I found this book a truly interesting read and had a hard time putting it down. Always love a good recovery story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2012

    Couldnt put it down

    I loved this story. Such truth and honesty. I bought this after seeing Duff on ELLEN and couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    More than Guns and Roses

    I was in La when G and R started. I saw Jetboy and La guns also. If you are a big G and R fan you already know how the band started and how it imploded. Duffs book is more than that. Its a journey of his addictions and how he beat them on his terms. My favorite part of the book was the life AFTER Guns. You cant help but cheer Duff on. Anyone struggling with addiction should read Duffs story.

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