When I turned sixteen, Mark Mansfield threw a party for me at his parentsâ€™ house in the Hollywood Hills and my band was all set to play. For my birthday, my girlfriend, Melissa, gave me a gram of coke and that night I learned a valuable lesson: I do not like to combine cocaine and guitar. I did a few lines just before we went on and I could hardly play a note; it was really embarrassing. Itâ€™s been the same the very few times since that Iâ€™ve made that mistake: nothing sounded right, I could not find the groove, and I really didnâ€™t want to be playing at all. It felt like I had never played guitar before, or as awkward as the first time I tried to ski.
Thatâ€™s just a small sampling of what can be found in Slashâ€™s new book, simple titled â€˜Slashâ€™, which is in stores now. To read how the rest of that story goes, publisher Harper Collins has posted the entire third chapter from the book online here http://www.harpercollins.com/book/browseinside.aspx?pguid=32619618051991&user=12345&isbn=9780061351426&browsePosition=1
Additionally, Harper Collins has teamed up with Ultimate-Guitar.com to give away a $5,000 1958 VOS Les Paul guitar signed by Slash, as well as a copy of Guitar HeroÂ® III: Legends Of Rock for Xbox 360. More info on the contest can be found here http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/contests/sl_contest.htm