W.A.R.: The Unauthorized Biography of William Axl Rose

W.A.R.: The Unauthorized Biography of William Axl Rose

by Mick Wall


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A big, brash history of Guns n' Roses charismatic, talented and idiosyncratic leader

"An archetypal rock biography that captures the runaway-train spirit of the singer and his band—You don't have to be a Guns N' Roses fanatic to dig this energetic, comprehensive, few-holds-barred portrait of modern metal's most charismatic figure."—Kirkus Reviews

Even in the rock world, a figure like Axl Rose doesn't come along very often. Mercurial and brilliant, deluded and imperious, Rose defies easy description. W.A.R. reveals Rose's childhood influences (and how he got his name), tracks the birth of G n' R and delves into the stories behind their monster albums Appetite for Destruction and Use Your Illusion. But with those successes came excesses—drugs, infighting and a lead singer who morphed from eccentric to seemingly unhinged.

Journalist Mick Wall had unprecedented access to Rose and G n' R during their heyday and gives a more richly detailed portrait of the band than you've ever read before. W.A.R. has fresh views on:

—the death of two fans at the Donington Park concert in England

—Rose's fallout with all the other original G n' R band members, including Slash

—fights with Kurt Cobain, Vince Neil and fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger

—Rose's no-shows at concerts throughout his career

—the lead singer's becoming a recluse at his Malibu mansion for most of the last fifteen years

—the much-gossiped-about and long-awaited album Chinese Democracy

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312541484
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 01/20/2009
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 361,818
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Mick Wall has been a rock journalist since 1977 and currently writes for Mojo and a variety of other publications. He traveled extensively with Guns N' Roses in the last 1980s and early 1990s, first earning Axl Rose's trust and later his fury. He lives in England.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Guns or Knives, Motherfucker     1
One in a Million
What's So Civil About War Anyway?     17
Just a Hick on the Strip     39
Dream House in Hell     64
You're in the Jungle, Baby
Suck on This     91
War All the Time     120
Niggers, Faggots and Mr Brownstone     148
The Red-Headed Dictator     183
Inside the Court of King Axl     219
After the War     250
Chinese Curse
Where's Slash?     285
Cold Black Cloud Comin' Down     313
Epilogue: Estranged     339
Notes and Sources     343

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W. A. R.: The Unauthorized Biography of William Axl Rose 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow!!!Anyone who is a true GNR fan would know not to buy this. Axl says in the song "Get in the Ring" that Mick Wall from kerrang magazine puts out lies... dont waste your time or money!!!
DebDD More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was well written and brought people up to date on Guns and Roses reclusive front man. I thought the writer knew his subject well as well as the band's various members. I thought anyone reading this book would get to know the subject of the book very well even if they weren't a fan of Guns and Roses.
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emmi331 More than 1 year ago
This highly entertaining bio of Guns N' Roses' snarly-voiced front man and driving force Axl Rose isn't written in the finest style - in fact, some of the sentence construction would make an English teacher cringe. And I sensed that much of the material was recycled from old articles and interviews. But who cares? Beyond the constant public controversy over his lifestyle and unpredictable behavior, I wasn't really familiar with Axl Rose anyway. So following the metamorphosis of the lean, mean young rock machine into a sturdier, middle-aged, but still contentious music icon made for riveting reading. I recommend it whether or not you like rock'n'roll.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good dude this was really cool in my oppinion i like nikki's and slash's books more but ya those are impossible to beat so ya very good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think you should be apreshate what you got and dont be sealfish. Whatvid you only got a book that you dont like to keep you intertaned you would have to read that book you gust sit there and do nothing. Other people would be happy to have a book to read. None like other people wont apreshate anything. :( :( :( sad