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Canter, Marc
Reckless Road: Guns `n Roses and The Making of Appetite For Destruction (Book Review)
October 2008
Released: 2008, Shoot Hip Press
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland

As the rumor mill once again heats up that Guns ‘n Roses will be releasing its long-awaited CHINESE DEMOCRACY album this fall, the timing could not be better for a lavish book detailing the rise of that band from young upstarts to global superstars. RECKLESS ROAD: GUNS ‘N ROSES AND THE MAKING OF APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION isn’t one of these trashy “unauthorized” tabloid books, either. In fact, its author, Marc Canter, is been one of Slash’s oldest and dearest friends and while not an “official” book put out by Guns ‘n Roses, it is fully authorized by the guitarist himself, as well as bassist Duff McKagen. At nearly 350 pages, the book is chock full of rare and never-before-seen candid and live photos taken by Canter and Jack Lue. The text portion of the book is full of first-hand testimonials from the band as well as associates and friends that were around at the time. This is a Guns ‘n Roses fans’ dream, as the impeccably-detailed, almost diary-like format chronicles the pre-GnR period of late 1981 through to the band’s Giants Stadium show in August 1988 where the video for “Paradise City” was filmed. Family trees, setlists, ticket stubs, gig posters and hundreds of full-color photos are included to take the reader right to the very day that key moments in the band’s history evolved. RECKLESS ROAD: GUNS ‘N ROSES AND THE MAKING OF APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION is essential reading for any fan of the band or hard rock music enthusiast.
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