Slash Won’t Read Rock Biographies
There’s probably no bigger rock fan on the planet than Slash — yet despite that, he says he stays far away from music biographies. Loudwire transcribed some of the guitarist’s chat with Italy’s Linea Rock, in which he admitted, “To tell you the truth, I don’t read rock n’ roll books. I’ve read a book about national artists and I’ve read books about rock n’ roll, but I’ve never read anybody else’s. . . Well, I read the Jim Morrison one, and I read the most recent Joe Perry one, but for the most part, I stay away from autobiographies.”
Back in 2007, Slash published his self-titled memoir, which was co-written by Anthony Bozza.
Slash went on to shed light on what turns him of from the typical rock memoir: “A lot of it is because I know people — I know the people that wrote them — and it feels like spying on them. (Laughs) It’s like following people on their Instagram; if you know them, it feels like spying.”
He went on to explain, “I also used to think that rock n’ roll books were 75 percent bull**** too. . . ‘Cause autobiographies are largely written by other people, or biographies are totally written by other people, so it’s their own fantasy that they’re sort of building up in these books. That sort of inspired me to write my book myself and not rely too much on a ghost writer — to be as honest as possible. So they inspired me in that way.”
Slash told us not long ago that he prefers being in a band to being a “guitar hero” type: “I’m a band guy. I’ve been in a band since I was 16 years old, I guess. So I like being in a band, I think that a group of musicians working, interacting together can come up with amazing material and so on and so forth.”
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators kick off their 2022 tour dates on February 8th at Portland, Oregon’s Roseland Theater.