‘It’s a how-to guide of things I’ve learned about life – being a dad, being a husband and being in a rock band’
Seeking guidance from a member of one of rock’s most salacious bands might sound a little incongruous to some, but Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses is intent on sharing some of the wisdom ascertained throughout his career in a new book entitled How to Be a Man (And Other Illusions).
Inspired by a column he previously penned for Seattle Weekly, the founding member of the Californian rock group has explained that while it imparts some of the lessons he’s taken away from his time with Guns N Roses and Velvet Revolver, How to Be a Man’s overall intention is to amuse.
“I had a column for the Seattle Weekly for five years, and there was one column that was called How to Be a Man, and it was kind of tongue in cheek; it was really tongue in cheek. And I got a book deal from that column,” McKagan said in an interview with Total Rock Radio (via Blabbermouth).
“It’s a how-to guide of things I’ve learned about life – being a dad, being a husband and being in a rock band. And it’s, like, a city guide in it, but a very tongue-in-cheek city guide; like, how I see cities. It’s got all kinds of stuff. And other stories. And hopefully it’s gonna be a funny book.”
For those wanting a taste of teachings to come, his original How to Be a Man column can be read here, and includes some surprisingly sober advice on fighting, charity and monogamy. “Monogamy is key,” he writes. “If you can’t be honest with your lady, it serves that you aren’t being honest at all, and that is a loser’s game.”
His other archived musings can be accessed via the Seattle Weekly website, and include topics such as How to Say No to Drugs (Even When You’re Unzipped) and Keeping Humble as a Musician.
How to Be a Man (And Other Illusions) is the follow up to McKagan’s autobiography It’s So Easy (And Other Lies) and is available from 12 May through De Capo Press.
This article was written by Guardian music, for theguardian.com on Tuesday 6th January 2015 08.19 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010