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Guns n'Roses

Guns ‘n’ Roses are well covered in The Story of Rock and Roll.  They were a phenomenon at a time when the word needed some heroes.  While grunge slayed hair metal it was Guns ‘n’ Roses and Pantera who kept the metal alive.  Appetite was a force of nature that couldn’t be contained, the planets aligned and that perfect chemistry between the classic line up could not be prevented from recording one of the probably 10 best albums of all time.  Despite themselves and their own efforts to sabotage their career with booze and drugs they were just too good and they burnt like a fucking supernova for 5 incredible years.

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”Purely thanks to rock ‘n’ roll instinct I was walking past the lounge at the folks’ place and I heard this most astounding guitar riff.  A sort of arpeggiated D major chord thing.  I looked at the TV and saw a guitarist, all hair and top hat, in a leather jacket, Gibson Les Paul slung low playing this amazing riff.  The whole video was in black and white, and the other guitarist, jet black hair, smoke dangling, black mirror shades, looked like he was straight out of the Stones.  Next thing it’s Axl, bandana, sunglasses on top of his head, dancing like a girl, effeminate hand gestures, swaying like he is at the scout hall disco dancing to Hall and Oates.  Fuck!  Not this oke.  Then he starts singing.  I had my ‘Saul who became Paul getting blinded on the road to Damascus’ moment.  I saw the light.  I had not realised just how great this band actually were”.  The Story of Rock and Roll – James Daubeney

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