Slash On Whether He’ll Ever Write Another Book
Slash was recently interviewed by Rock Cellar and asked about whether he’d write another book. He said the following:
Rock Cellar: Any interest in doing another book? Because the book was a while ago, but was really well-received.
Slash: No. I have no desire. I’m still talking about that book! People are still asking me stuff about the last one, and that came out in 2007! So it’s an interesting thing, because you write a book and you put the info out there as you remember it, and there it goes. And then you’re forced to relive it.
Rock Cellar: Over and over.
Slash: Yeah. So I doubt I would be doing another book, unless 20, 30 years down the line I feel the need. At the time, a lot of the motivation for doing that book was to write about some of the stuff that was being said about Guns N’ Roses at that time; performing, and this, that, and the other, because there was a lot of brouhaha. The book was really a way to address that. And then I just filled in the other stuff with anecdotes about whatever.
Rock Cellar: You’ve had a lot of guitars with a lot of interesting stories to them. I read that you’re using a new Slash Gibson Les Paul prototype live. And you’ve had several signature models over the years. But where did your love of the guitar start? And how significant was it for you to see somebody, whoever it was, wearing a guitar, and how did that become something that you had to have?
Slash: It’s a good question, because the first guitar — first electric guitar — that I ever got my hands on was a Les Paul copy. I think it was made by a company called Memphis. So it was some version of a Les Paul copy, and that’s really how I started out.
Prior to that, I didn’t know anything about guitars. But I was raised around a lot of rock and roll all through my childhood. I was 14 or 15 when I started playing guitar. And even before that I was really sort of a sponge for bands that I liked. At that point, I was really paying attention to what the guitarist was playing.
And the guitar that I just was most attracted to was the Les Paul. I equated that to, obviously, its aesthetics, but also particular bands that had a great guitar sound, and good guitar solos. I attributed that to those guitars. So I saw a Les Paul, or a Les Paul copy, and then, after that, I moved through a bunch of different brands, just through trial and error.