The title may be a bit extreme, but it only serves as notice for the insanity, misadventures and mind-bending stories you'll encounter on these pages. The author was Axl Rose's personal manager during Guns N' Roses'
"Use Your Illusion" tour that ran uninterrupted for a two-year period between 1991 to 1993. He writes about that wild ride here,
and if you're not sitting there in paroxysms of laughter, you're going to be wide-eyed in disbelief.
There are tales here about gunshots in Italy, Liz Taylor encountering Slash totally naked,
Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love engaging in a verbal war with Rose backstage at the MTV Video Music Awards, and Axl's particular method for eliminating moths.
The book resonates with the voice of someone on the inside, but not someone with any axe to grind. You can certainly read between the lines and get the sense that following Axl Rose around the world for two years wasn't the easiest gig in the world. But you can also tell that Duswalt loved what he was doing, and
that when the time came to write this book, it wasn't because he was looking to trash or insult someone. There is a lot of sex, drugs and rock
'n' roll here, but nothing like the memoirs from Slash or Duff McKagan. And maybe that's a good thing.
This is a fun book that lays out the foibles and ridiculous levels of craziness rock stars have and attain. If you didn't know any better, you'd swear this is a work of fiction.
The fact that it's not makes it all that much more unbelievable.