Punk Rock Lesson No. 1: Real Men Read Books.
Punk Rock Lesson No. 2: Real Men Write Books.
Duff McKagan, the wisest man in Rock N' Roll, has done it again.
The original Guns N' Roses bassist and current real life husband actual Rockstar Dad has written the book that all men must read. That's right...ALL MEN.
And don't give me that crap that guys don't read books.
(See above Lesson No. 1)
|Duff McKagan: How To Be A Man (and other illusions)|
But now at fifty, Duff has figured out life's most important and vital skill...SURVIVAL.
Fortunately he's generous enough to share his wisdom with us, the readers, in an easy to swallow textbook of advice and guidance. The common theme here is: LOVE. McKagan is happily married with two wonderful daughters and he's not afraid to be proud of his family.
Duff on Marriage: "Find a good woman...Be loyal!...Hold her close!...who you have kids with will always be the very most important decision you ever make. They should really teach that stuff at school."
Duff on Pets: "Get A Dog...it will make you a better man."
Duff on Being THE Man: "Listen...Do the dishes...Set a good example...Educate yourself...Don't be a pussy...and Evolve."
Duff on Sobriety: "Resentment is a brutal thing. In the first year or two after I got sober, I found myself swimming in a dense, black swamp of resentment and regret." "But of course, in the end, sobriety and the choices that I make when sober are really and truly mine." "Get Sober."
Sure, we get some dirt mixed in with the advice along the way too.
Duff on Checking into Hotels under Assumed Names: "Slash and I dubbed ourselves the Likesheet brothers. 'Luke Likesheet' and 'Phil Likesheet'...from what I can remember, we had some fun." Although basic nourishment must not have been a priority...
"Now that I think about it, I don't remember Slash and me eating food in those early days."(!)
Duff on The 100 Albums Every Man Should Own: "...we could argue about the list and you could turn me on to some of your favorite bands that I've missed. So feel free to ping me @DuffMcKagan on Twitter and we'll have a go at it." I would love to debate this list (The Ramones, The Stones, The Stooges, The Temptations, Heart, Bowie, Jack White) but it is SOOO DAMN GOOD that I just can't do it. Except...No J. Geils Band? Where the HELL is 'Blow Your Face Out'? Huh, Duff???
Duff also recommends a list of books for all men to read...and only A FEW of them are about Rock N' Roll. I'll personally add his first book to the list since he's apparently too humble to do it himself!
The absolute brilliance of McKagan's life lessons is summed up in these following words from a chapter about age and The Rolling Stones, "Don't Die Young, You'll Miss Out on Being Fifty":
"I believe we're staying younger longer because of rock and roll. Fifty is the new thirty-or, twenty-nine, really-because The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Iggy, and Motörhead keep touring."
Duff, like me, holds The Stones in high regard for continuing to perform live in concert. "We in the audience can see the creases, scars, warts, and all. They don't give a fuck and they are a quarter century older than I am. I'd be an asshole at this point to think fifty was anywhere close to old. The Stones have single-handedly raised the worldwide bar of how we, as men, think about ourselves in terms of age." HELL YEAH!
Men! Go NOW and get this book. (Or women: get it FOR THEM)
Stay humble, give thanks, never quit doing what you love and all the while ROCK ON!
Follow his lead, boys, and we can all slide headlong into our graves without regret screaming...
"Wow! What a ride!"
Just like Duff McKagan.
HOW TO BE A MAN (and other illusions) by Duff McKagan is OUT NOW!
Go to a REAL BOOKSTORE and BUY IT!
Or Visit the Da Capo Press website by CLICKING HERE for more info!
Or SIMPLY CLICK HERE to order it from Amazon.
It's so Easy(to be a man).