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Friday, July 24, 2015

How To Be A Man (and other illusions) by Duff McKagan - Book Review

How to Be a Man: (and other illusions)

About The Book:

The cofounder of Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver, and Walking Papers shares what the hard-knock rock life has taught him about how to be a good dude (in spite of it all).

One wouldn't usually turn to a veteran of Guns N' Roses for advice on how to live, but Duff McKagan is not a typical rock musician. As chronicled in the New York Times bestseller It's So Easy (and other lies), Duff got sober at thirty, went back to school, got smart about money, fell in love, became a father, and got his life back on track. Through trial and considerable error, Duff has learned to strike the balance between family and work, travel and contentment, financial aptitude and sacrifice.

In How to Be a Man (and other illusions), Duff takes the reader into the life of an international rock musician and shares, with disarming candor and humor, the solid life lessons he's learned along the way to success and fulfillment in both his family life and his career. From hard-won advice on such basics as starting with a strong base and staying humble, to techniques on how to stave off depression and transform darker impulses into something productive, How to Be a Man is the ultimate guide to rocking life—not as a dissolute train-wreck "rock star," but as a man destined for success and longevity.

My Thoughts:

Several years ago I had the privilege of interviewing Duff McKagan, and at the time he was writing what would become his first book, "It's So Easy." We chatted about how he was writing bits and pieces as he flew around the country with his band. That first book that we talked about went on to become a New York Times bestseller.

Now Duff is back with his second book, and it's becoming a big bestseller for him as well. "How To Be A Man" is what can be called a series of short stories about things that are important to Duff, and things that fans of his, and of rock music, will find fascinating. (My personal favorite is his picks of best albums to listen to - all 100 plus of them!)

Written in what can only be described as Duff's "voice," "How To Be A Man" is a quick and lively read and gives us a bit more insight into the wild and sometimes weird world of Duff McKagan. Can't wait for the next book - hint, hint Duff!

About The Author:

Duff McKagan

Duff McKagan is the co-founder of hard rock groups Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver and is the author of the New York Times bestseller It’s So Easy (and other lies) and How To Be A Man (and other illusions). He lives with his family in Seattle and Los Angeles. (And is one of the most bad-assed bass players to ever walk the earth - in my opinion.)

My thanks to De Capo Press for supplying the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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