Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Saga of Guns N’ Roses

I am so going to buy "Watch You Bleed: The Saga of Guns N' Roses", a book by Stephen Davis that traces the illustrious history of my favourite band Guns N' Roses. Borders, here I come! Here's an excerpt. From New York Magazine:
"DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE?"

The boys, taken aback, just looked at him.

"I SAID, DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE?"

Bill Bailey said, "Uh, we're just trying to get to…"

"YOU'RE IN THE JUNGLE, BABY!"

Bill Bailey — the future W. Axl Rose — just stared at him in wonderment. And then the little old man wound himself up to his full fury and told these white boys what they could expect from New York City at the tail end of the seventies: years of bankruptcy, endemic crime, corruption, decadence — the gateway to the eighties and the scourge of AIDS. He told it to them straight from the gut:

"YOU'RE GONNA DIE!"

Sometimes, legends come from true stories, and this is one of them. Welcome to the jungle.

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