Reckless Road: Guns N' Roses and the Making of Appetite for Destruction

Reckless Road: Guns N' Roses and the Making of Appetite for Destruction


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ISBN-13: 9780979341878
Publisher: Music Sales Corporation
Publication date: 08/28/2008
Edition description: Illustrate
Pages: 348
Sales rank: 339,737
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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Reckless Road: Guns N' Roses and the Making of Appetite for Destruction 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply put, Reckless Road is a MUST own for all fans of things rock! It goes without saying, if you're a Guns N' Roses fan, this book is dogma as it concerns GNR pre-Appetite For Destruction, up until the band is signed by Geffen. It is not only a pictorial history of the band on the Sunset Strip, gig-by-gig, but also a storybook with insight provided via interviews with the central characters that made Guns N' Roses the most dangerous rock band in the world. Also included, for each gig documented, is a set list of the songs played. It is literally a Ken Burns-like documentary of the evolution of the legendary album, Appetite For Destruction. All that being said, the lynchpin of the book are the pictorials. Tons of never before seen photographs of the band are provided. From a time when only the lucky few who lived in Hollywood and were regulars on the Sunset scene had the chance to see early Guns N' Roses live, Reckless Road offers all 'late-comers' visual evidence of the raw, unadulterated talent Guns possessed during their club days. The book is not just a hodgepodge of pictures thrown together in a haphazard way. The book is arranged and organized very well, and it reads very easy. There is a level of organization to the book that almost makes you feel as if you were at each and every gig Guns played back in 1985-1987. As if the book is not enough, it is also an 'enhanced book', which means the user can log onto a website provided in the book, with their access code, and view exclusive content such as interviews, and even listen to audio from gigs Guns performed pre-Appetite. All-in-all, this book is well worth the money, and a must own for all rock and roll fans, especially as it documents the last truely great American rock band. Classic in every sense.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You don't have to be a diehard fan to enjoy this book. The book documents the formation of Guns n Roses (from Slash in high school up to their first stadium tour with Aerosmith). There are never been seen before photos (from the early club days), interviews (with various band members, friends, strippers, music label people) and photos of original club flyers, song sets, tickets, lyrics. The book itself is incredible. BUT, what makes it awesome (especially for GnR fans) is the enhanced portion of the book. The book has a special code that lets you register it online. You can then view the book online and see additional photos, audio and/or video snippets that add to the pages. This book is completely unique. A great book for any rock music fan, an absolute must for any Guns N Roses fan.
VioletteReads1 More than 1 year ago
I love biographies and rock. When those two are combined in such a visual manner, the effect is just...awesome! Marc Canter has been around Guns N' Roses since the beginning. As a high school friend of Slash's, he had the opportunity to be around when the band was at its infancy. Thankfully, Marc is really handy with a camera and a meticulous collector. This book is essentially a compilation of photos and stories chronicling Guns' rise to fame. I thought the book was done very well. Although I have read books penned by members of Guns N' Roses and have a pretty great knowledge of the band, I still enjoyed reading the interviews and excerpts featured here. The best part is that, you don't have to know anything about the band before picking this book up because you really do get a great biography. The only downside to this book was the flooding of grammar and spelling errors. It seems like the book was ran through a spell-check but not really proof-read - common mistakes feature using the word "hear" when it should have been "here" or "quite" when the proper word should have been "quiet." It takes away from the experience a bit because the wording is a bit sloppy. Overall though, I do think it's a valuable book for any beginner or die-hard fan of Guns N' Roses.
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CHOLE More than 1 year ago
Awesome book dude...this book is a must read for people of all ages. Full of information and tons of facts. This book is helpful when you are trying to understand why Guns N' Roses was so freaking awesome!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Slash 'I am amazed that Marc turned these casual, candid photos into this book. I'm really impressed' Slash.......... Product Description When teenager and amateur photographer Marc Canter set out to document his best friend Saul Hudson's rise as a rock guitarist in 1982, he never imagined he was documenting the genesis of of the next great rock 'n' roll band. His friend became the legendary guitarist Slash, and Canter found himself witnessing the creation of Guns N' Roses front and center. The candid shots contained in Reckless Road, taken as the band toured in 1985-1987 and made the legendary album Appetite for Destruction, capture their raw, blood-sweat-and-tears performances as well as their intimate moments. Containing original gig memorabilia including show flyers, ticket stubs, set lists, press clippings, and handwritten lyrics as well as in-depth interviews with band members and the people closest to them, Reckless Road offers an explicit, first-person perspective readers won't find anywhere else............ About the Author Marc Canter is an amateur photographer and the owner and general manager of the legendary rock 'n' roll hangout, Canter's Deli, in Los Angeles, California. He has been friends with Slash for over 30 years, and had unlimited access to the formative years of one of the greatest rock bands of all time, Guns N' Roses. An avid collector, Canter is proud and excited to share his memories with the public for the first time. He lives in Los Angeles, California............ More info about this book. This book covers the first 50 gigs that Guns N Roses did. with 1000 plus unseen photos. Interviews with over 20 people including band members, roadies strippers, girlfriends, Tom Zutaut the A&R guy that signed the band,Mike Clink the guy who produced the record, Steve Thompson & Mike Barbiero the guys that mixed the record, and close friends of the band. The book has a code inside that becomes alive when you see it online. there are online audio extras from the shows and video interviews. This book covers 10 of the 12 songs off Appetite For Destruction the first time they were played!