It's So Easy: and other lies

It's So Easy: and other lies

by Duff McKagan


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451606645
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 03/20/2012
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 135,558
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

Duff McKagan played bass for Guns N’ Roses for twelve years and co-wrote many of their most iconic songs. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Duff formed Velvet Revolver with his former band mate Slash and fronts his own band, Loaded. He writes weekly columns for and McKagan lives in Seattle with his wife, supermodel Susan Holmes McKagan, and their two daughters. Visit

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

Prologue 1

Part 1 Knockin' on Heaven's Door 7

Part 2 Just Ah Urchin Living Under The Street 81

Part 3 Loaded 141

Part 4 I'd Look Right Up at Night and All I'd See Was Darkness 177

Part 5 A Good Day to Die 227

Part 6 You Shined a Light where it Was Dark, On My Wasted Heart 275

Part 7 Fall To Pieces 307

Part 8 You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory 333

Acknowledgments 363

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It's So Easy 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 80 reviews.
kerrmet More than 1 year ago
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!!
tim2nyy More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 .
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
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.
BlackMadonna13 More than 1 year ago
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.
Draak on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I won this from Goodreads and really didn't know what to expect. This was a good book. Duff's story is interesting and the thing I liked about it is that he takes responsibility for his addictions. If you like reading about drugs, sex, and rock and roll this is definitely one of the better books out there.
agnesmack on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I received a copy of It's So Easy and Other Lies through the Goodreads First Read program. As a longtime fan of Guns 'N Roses, I was definitely interested in getting some inside scoop on the band and their inevitable breakup, and Mr. McKagan did not disappoint.It is his life story, beginning in his late childhood and traveling through the past to a positive and uplifting ending at the present day. Like many musicians, and many of Duff's friends, he dealt with a very serious addiction to drugs and alcohol. This book takes a very honest and raw look at how that affected every aspect of his life, and the steps he took to get out of that dark place.As much a book about recovery and addiction as it is about his 'rock and roll lifestyle', this book was a fast, engaging, and ultimately inspiring read.
DGatke on LibraryThing 5 months ago
5 stars. I love reading about famous people. Duff somehow made it through with plenty of brain cells and talent! He even has a regular column in a Seattle newspaper. TaDa!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a warm and easy read, understanding the trials and tribulations of Duff and Guns and his rise to superstardom.... Its so easy to relate to him and his sarcasm and sense of humor and pulls you into his entire life from his seattle family to jamming at Gardner storage through his whole life....thanks for the story Duff. i am a lifelong Guns fan and now i understand what you went through and i am now a big fan of YOU! So So Awesome....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent read. Very inspiring book as well. I have always been a Duff fan and this book made me admire him even more. Cannot wait to read his next book.
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Found out a lot I didn't know about Duff. A good read I couldn't put it down ,loved it!
kaydoggydog More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This guy gets it. Duff, You are an amazing father, husband, sibling and friend. I read Stevens book first and really enjoyed his stories. I got through half of Slash and it was to much of the business but just did not capture me. I stopped and went to your book. I could not put it down for three days. I laughed, i had to wipe tears but mostly i think i will get better at running my business and really enjoy my kids. I want to thank you for something else Duff, you made me more confident with my own demons to improve my life. You are one hell of a writer. I live in a resort town near Fargo and liked the Fargo references. I was in Fargo for the infamous visit to 107.9 that day. That was some crazy shit there and was quite a buzz for days after. Thanks for all of your hard work and continued hard work in the industry. I hope Axl appreciates it too. All those number one songs will have a different effect on me when i hear them. Great job man. Mark
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting to see how he made it through to the other side. Keep up the hard work!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the better GnR books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One the best rock books available.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very good, Kept my attention .i just totally love him after reading this. What a extrordinary man!