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W.A.R.: The Unauthorized Biography of William Axl Rose
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Griffin
Publication date January 20, 2009
Pages 372
Binding Paperback
Edition 1 reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780312541484
ISBN-10 0312541481
Dimensions 1.25 by 6 by 9.25 in.
Original list price $19.99
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description:

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



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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780312377670
 
from St Martins Pr (February 5, 2008)
9780312377670 | details & prices | 352 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.50 in. | 1.36 lbs | List price $26.95
About: A portrait of the idiosyncratic leader of Guns n' Roses follows the turbulent life and career of Axl Rose, from his youth and the beginnings of the rock band, to their rise to success, to the substance abuse and infighting that led to his split from the band.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780312541484
 
The price comparison is for this edition
1 reprint edition from Griffin (January 20, 2009)
9780312541484 | details & prices | 372 pages | 6.00 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 0.98 lbs | List price $19.99
About: 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.
Miscellaneous
1 edition from St Martins Pr (February 5, 2008)
9781429928847 | details & prices | 368 pages | List price $9.99

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