Monday, January 2, 2012

Review: Reckless Road by Marc Canter

Title: Reckless Road: Guns N' Roses and the Making of Appetite for Destruction
Author: Marc Canter
Publisher: Shoot Hip Press
Genre: Biographies, Rock, Music
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: 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.

Review: I love biographies and rock. When those two are combined in such a visual manner, the effect is just...awesome! Marc Cantor 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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