My Appetite for Destruction: Sex, and Drugs, and Guns N' Roses

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Overview

No secret is too dark.
No revelation too sick. But you must have the appetite for it.

After forty years, twenty-eight ODs, three botched suicides, two heart attacks, a couple of jail stints, and a debilitating stroke, Steven Adler, the most self-destructive rock star ever, is ready to share the shattering untold truth in My Appetite for Destruction.

When Adler was eleven years old he told his two closest ...

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My Appetite for Destruction: Sex, and Drugs, and Guns N' Roses

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Overview

No secret is too dark.
No revelation too sick. But you must have the appetite for it.

After forty years, twenty-eight ODs, three botched suicides, two heart attacks, a couple of jail stints, and a debilitating stroke, Steven Adler, the most self-destructive rock star ever, is ready to share the shattering untold truth in My Appetite for Destruction.

When Adler was eleven years old he told his two closest friends he was going to be a rock star in the world's greatest band. Along with four uniquely talented—but very complicated and demanding—musicians, Adler helped form Guns N' Roses. They rose from the streets—primal rockers who obliterated glam rock and its big hair to resurrect rock's truer blues roots.

They were relentless rock stars, onstage and off, taking "sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll" to obscene levels of reckless abandon. By the late 1980s, GNR was the biggest rock band in the world, demanding headlines, awards, and sold-out shows, with one of the greatest rock albums of all time: Appetite for Destruction. But there was a price to pay. For Adler, it was his health and his sanity, culminating in a brutal banishment by his once-beloved musical brothers. Adler digs deep, revealing the last secrets, not only his own but GNR's as well: Slash's betrayal, Axl's unpredictable temper, and Duff's revenge. He bares it all with this shocking fuck-the-fates exposé that charts his meteoric rise and devastating collapse.

Adler was humiliated and disgraced when Axl Rose kicked him out of GNR in front of an MTV audience of millions. Adler plunged into the dark side, spending most of the next twenty years in a drug-fueled hell. But he finally beat his epic addiction to crack and heroin under the care of Dr. Drew Pinsky.

With Adler's newfound clarity comes a fierce determination to tell it all. Revelatory, heartbreaking, hilarious, and ultimately inspirational, you will never read anything more jaw-droppingly honest than My Appetite for Destruction.

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“Great for the die-hard GNR fan…This is a cautionary tale, all the way.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061917110
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/27/2010
  • Pages: 286
  • Sales rank: 750,975
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Adler was the drummer for Guns N' Roses from 1985 to 1990. In 2003, he formed Adler's Appetite and continues to perform with them live. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Carolina Adler.

Lawrence J. Spagnola is the coauthor of the New York Times bestselling My Appetite for Destruction by Steven Adler; and Christopher Award-winning writer of the Emmy-winning, Golden Globe-nominated television movie The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler. He is a Harvard graduate and a Rockefeller Fellow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    Question

    Does this book have swear words in it?

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    Highly recommended!

    This book is amazing! It is totally for those die hard GN'R fans like me. This book is filled with Steven's stories of early life, to his drug addictions, to seducing any girl he just so happens to walk by. It is very well written by Steven, and he is very open minded, and straight forward about things. He holds nothing back. I highly recommend this book, it is a great read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2011

    Wow...

    I am glad I read this but it only makes me feel really bad for Steven Adler and even worse for his young wife. He seems like such a nice nice guy but also sooo... mentally not there. Wonder if he thinks it was all worth it now. I bet he does.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2010

    Good Read for GNR Fans

    I thought this book was good as it takes you from the early life of Steven Adler and how he went on to become the drummer for Guns and Roses. It also dives deep into his self destructive drug problems which led to him being fired from the band. It explains his friends with Slash (Saul Hudson) and the animosity he had toward Axl Rose. Although he seems grateful for his time in GNR -- I get the impression he is resentful for not being apart of the band for a longer period of time. It dives into the lifestyle of a rock and roll band and the pitfalls that can accompany success. In the end it's amazing that this guy is still alive with all the self inflicted wounds he caused himself. But it sure makes for a nice story....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2014

    Loved it!

    The real and rawness of steve adler's life. I don't believe he held much back while writing this. Couldn't put it down.

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  • Posted July 14, 2014

    I Thought his book was very well written and I would recommend i

    I Thought his book was very well written and I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the band and hard rock music in general. I think he got a chance to tell his side of the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    Ok for the price i guess?

    Not just a terrible book but definitely not something i would pay more than $3 for. Although it has some good insight to Adlers life (or lack of), it is not written very well. Much of it sounds like a 12 yr old bragging about his misdeeds. For similar reads i thought Nikki Sixx's Heroin Diaries was a far better book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    Ship it

    Poorly written.

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  • Posted April 13, 2013

    this is just amazing

    this is just amazing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    It was a good read and Steven is very open about his past. The o

    It was a good read and Steven is very open about his past. The one major negative is that Steven is still blaming others for his problems. He is mad at Slash for not being there for him or "having his back", but after all the failed atempts to help Steven, who could blame him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Ok book, but a little in denial on the authors part.

    I bought this because I am a child of the 80's. I was raised on Hard rock & metal acts like Motley Crue, Motorhead, & of course Guns n Roses. This was a ok book, but Steven Adler, in my opinion never took control of his vices, & it seems at times that he blamed everybody for his problems, especially Slash. Whether it be his drug addiction, his dismissal for GnR, or whatever.

    Bottom line it was all right, but don't read unless you are a die hard Guns n Roses fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Lillynose

    Starpelt, look after her. Please. Mother...Swallownose...*pads back to fleetclan

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    True rocker

    Great story everyone should read it Steven Adler is a true rocker!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Enjoyed...

    I really enjoyed reading about Steven Adlers life. He was very honest and he seems like a really nice guy whose been dealt a lot of crap in life. Pray his recovery goes well. Loved that he, Slash and Duff got together the other night for the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    Capitalizing on his addiction

    Not really worth it

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  • Posted March 22, 2012

    Wow!

    This man is truly on the road to destruction. If you watched him on the reality series Sober House and Dr. Drew, you can tell what kind of a path he is/was on. His book makes you wonder how he made it this far still upright and breathing. If you like to read about the Rock n Roll lifestyle, than this is it for sure.

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  • Posted February 4, 2012

    it's a very good book

    can't keep the book down very intersting life steven adler had.

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  • Posted December 30, 2011

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    Good read!

    Interesting story of Steven's life before and after Gn'R. His fight with drug addiction leaves me to believe it is a miracle he is still alive. For those who enjoy bio's of rock stars it is an interesting read.

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

    Recommended

    Honestly before watching a program that Steven Adler was on, I really had no idea who he was. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it. I have read other similar stories, i.e. Nikki Sixx - The Heroin Diaries and I felt this was just as interesting.

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

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    Steven Adlers Book

    A very very good read.

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