Former Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver bassist/songwriter, columnist and wealth management expert Duff McKagan recently added another title to his resume – memoirist – and today he hit the promotional trail, chatting with Dr. Phil about his various addictions and how he got clean.
McKagan’s just-released book, It’s So Easy (And Other Lies) chronicles “his rise to the pinnacle of fame and fortune, his struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction, his personal crash and burn, and his phoenix-like transformation via a unique path to sobriety,” as Amazon.ca puts it.
In the discussion with Dr. Phil, the 47-year-old rocker bluntly details when he hit rock bottom (at age 30 when his mother, who was confined to a wheelchair with Parkinson’s disease, turned up to care for him), that he began smoking pot in grade four, and how at one point in his addiction, he took ridiculous chances with his life not because he was suicidal but because he just didn’t care anymore.
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The Seattle-born McKagan’s transformation has been pretty remarkable: he has established himself as a celebrated writer penning columns on a variety of subjects for Seattle Weekly, Playboy and ESPN.com.
A former high school drop-out, he attended Seattle University's Albers School of Business and Economics in the early 2000s, and subsequently founded the wealth management firm Meridian Rock.
McKagan has also been critical of shows like Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew – where his former GN’R bandmate, drummer Steven Adler has been admitted twice - saying “I think [that show] is the worst thing for so-called sobriety. 'Hold on, we're having a breakthrough . . . Wait, we've gotta do makeup.' You know?
"There's a reason it's anonymous, because if you fail, you're failing on camera.”