Stephen Davis, Watch You Bleed: The Saga of Guns N’ Roses

Guns N’ Roses were one the most powerful rock bands to burst on the stage of the late '80s and blew the doors off of every dump they played in while the original line up was still together. Unfortunately, this book really doesn’t put out the kind of intensity that the band was famous for, both on and off the stage.

While Davis has a great history of writing solid rock biographies, specifically books on Led Zeppelin and Jim Morrison, Watch You Bleed is not up to par. It lacks insight into one of the hardest rocking bands of all time; the behind-the-scenes aspects barely seem to scratch the surface of a VH1 Behind the Music special. Incidentally, the Guns N’ Roses Behind the Music is repeatedly referenced and seems to be his main source.

What is really telling about the quality of the book is the lack involvement of anyone from the group or even anyone tangibly associated with them. The only personal “sources” are anonymous individuals, presumably roadies, techs and other assorted "hangers on." Not to say that these people aren't legit but it's hard to deal with a book filled with anonymous, unsubstantiated sources. The book does offer some interesting stories but the reality is that there is nothing here any Guns N' Roses fan hasn’t seen or heard before in the last twenty years

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