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. Read more...
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.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-06-29
- Reviewer: Staff
Former Guns N' Roses bassist McKagan follows 2012's It's So Easy with a hybrid memoir/self-help book that addresses a pressing issue for rock stars and those who party like them: how do you live after putting the bottle down? For McKagan, the answer is to stay perpetually busy—with family, exercise, reading, meditation, and, of course, concert touring. The book alternates tales of road-tripping in support of various bands with chapters on music, dating, fashion, and sightseeing. On the downside, the tour leaves McKagan with serious pneumonia while facing his 50th birthday; on the upside, he attends business school. Unfortunately, his humblebrag tone can grow tiresome as he observes that his family is perfect, he gets last-minute Super Bowl tickets, and he can hold his own against kickboxing champions. McKagan's "manly" advice tends toward the self-evident, and his 100 greatest albums list is surprisingly bland (his book list is far more intriguing). The sizable chip on McKagan's shoulder might stem from being the youngest of eight in a single-parent, blue-collar family, but this goes largely unexplored. (May)