Watch You Bleed: The Saga of Guns N' Roses

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The New York Times bestselling epic tale of the last great rock band

From the bestselling author of Hammer of the Gods comes the complete story of Guns N? Roses ? from their drug-fueled blastoff in the 80s to the turbulent life of legendary singer Axl Rose, and his fifteen-year, multimillion dollar quest to make the perfect hard rock album.

Riotous world tours. Drug-induced rampages. One hundred millions albums sold. In his sixth major rock ...

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Overview

The New York Times bestselling epic tale of the last great rock band

From the bestselling author of Hammer of the Gods comes the complete story of Guns N? Roses ? from their drug-fueled blastoff in the 80s to the turbulent life of legendary singer Axl Rose, and his fifteen-year, multimillion dollar quest to make the perfect hard rock album.

Riotous world tours. Drug-induced rampages. One hundred millions albums sold. In his sixth major rock biography, Stephen Davis details the riveting story of the last great rock band. Watch You Bleed documents the life of every band member, including the improbable story of W. Axl Rose. Davis brilliantly captures the Guns? raw power ? from the gutters of Sunset Strip to the biggest stadiums on the planet. Based on exclusive interviews, private archives, and packed with stunning revelations, Watch You Bleed is the savage, definitive, and highly unauthorized story of Guns N? Roses. For the first time, millions of fans will learn the whole truth about this legendary band.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780141027739
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 6/28/2009

Meet the Author

Stephen Davis’s many acclaimed books include the Rolling Stones history Old Gods Almost Dead as well as the New York Times bestsellers Walk This Way (with Aerosmith), Fleetwood (with Mick Fleetwood), and the Led Zeppelin history Hammer of the Gods.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2009

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    Reads Like a Novel----

    Three drug addicts. One drunk. One small-town thug. How this poorly-educated bunch of misfits became such a huge success is hard to believe - until you hear the incredible music they produced as a rock band. Watch You Bleed traces the rise and fall of Guns'N'Roses along with the band members' personal histories. It's often painful and depressing reading. Four of them - Steven, Duff, Izzy, and Slash - were so substance-addicted it's a wonder they were able to perform at all, and variously ruined their relationships, health, and careers (some sobered up impressively later on, Duff in particular, who is now a successful financial analyst). Number five, frontman Axl, alternated between depression and simmering rage, and had no compunction about punching anyone's lights out - including women. He beat his long-suffering wife on several occasions, landing her in the hospital at least once, until she finally had the good sense to dump him. In spite of it all, the band became one of the greatest of its kind and performed to packed stadiums all over the world, with albums selling in the millions. As might be expected, this dysfunctional group did not handle success well, and G'N'R ultimately imploded. But as this book describes it, it was quite a ride while it lasted.

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  • Posted October 31, 2011

    This Band was truly built from nothing

    It's So Easy- Guns N' Roses second song on their Appetite for Destruction album is perhaps one of the best ways to describe the experience of Guns N' Roses, from their formation to the disintegration of the famous lineup in the middle-late 90's. Stephen Davis provides a vehicle for understanding the premise of what Guns N' Roses is all about. The detail about the on-stage and off-stage antics reveals a truly genuine passion shared by the band members in the thrill of making their own mark in the definition of hard rock. The formation of the band is perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of the whole book. The specificity of each member's history helps create an idea of who these crazy guys were, and sets the foundation for the icons they become. The detail for each member's story almost makes you feel as though you were also with them every step of the way. It truly immerses you with all of the emotional, physical, and mental struggles they each persevered through. As the book progresses and you get closer to the months and days where they settle on forming a band together, the excitement for the moment they play up and down the Sunset Strip builds and becomes almost unbearable. Finally, when the historical line-up comes into play, it becomes a magical and joyful experience. The descriptions of the small clubs that were packed until they exploded really do put you into the audience and trembling at all the energy. As more light is shed onto what motivated the ensemble it allows a deeper appreciation of the what Guns N' Roses brought in terms of hard rock blues to music during the glam rock packed time of the eighties. Davis expertly played off of Axl, Slash, Duff, Izzy, and Steven's talents and personalities to showcase just how unique not only the skill set, but the originality that they all possessed. The trouble I found though was with the flow of the story towards the beginning as Davis describes each story and switches quickly between the band members, it can get a little confusing as to who experienced what, especially when they all are in Los Angeles. But despite that it is a great book that enlightens the reader a great deal about Guns N' Roses creativity and just how special they are in the history of music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    Best rock band of the 80s by far

    Apetite for destruction my favorite album and i love welcome to the jungle rocket queen out ta get me night train heck i love all their songs they helped create and are the definition of good real rock and roll wish i coulda seen em in concert but i was born just a few years after they stopped playing its a shame

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2012

    Ok

    This book was ok i wish it had pictures i feel like the author was a bit biasis if you like gnr you eill like this book

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    Posted April 24, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2010

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    Check your facts

    There is a passage where the author says, "Paul Stanley, who plays bass for Kiss...." Enough said. How could something like that get by editing and the fact checker. Read Mick Wall's "W.A.R". It's much better.

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  • Posted January 5, 2010

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    Provocative Cultural Awareness

    The author has a lot of imagination about the potrayal of the Guns and Roses band. The members are described highighting their musical talent and elaborating on what must be a lot of miscommunication unintentionally making them look like roughians. Axl Rose's true good character shines through so that it becomes obvious why he is still saught after as a talented band leader. Obviously, some one like him has solid core values and he must be wiser than ever. Just look at his glowing health.

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