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Long-ass corporate interview [Duff McKagan with Milana (Rabkin) Lewis | Upfront Summit 2019]

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2 hours ago, ludurigan said:

 

"My daughter has a band now, and the advice I have for her and what drove is just writing to write songs and believing in yourself. Commerce was not a part of any of it at the beginning. You've got to really believe in your idea.

"We wrote the songs we wrote - we took from our own experiences, melded it together and wrote what became [1987's] 'Appetite for Destruction'. Then we started realizing we had to draw people to clubs. That was the next step.

"Our first gig was to three people. Our second gig was to four. We knew all three and four people who came to our shows... We hustled, and we started to bring in 50 people and 100 people and kept writing those songs, and somehow, those songs identified with our generation.

"They weren't pretty; it wasn't sweet; they weren't love-songs. It was about drugs; it was about the darker side of what we were seeing. We all lived through that early '80s recession. There was no jobs.

"I moved to Hollywood right after the [1984] Olympics, so the cops just left Hollywood and it was the Wild West as far as drugs and crime and whatnot. This is what we're seeing - we're seeing heroin; we're seeing crack - and we wrote about it because it was what we knew."

Yeah, grow a pancreas mate and we'll talk.

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4 hours ago, ludurigan said:

somebody transcribed some of it

 

(http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/general_music_news/duff_mckagan_what_my_life_was_like_before_guns_n_roses.html)

 

During a conversation with Milana Rabkin Lewis, Duff McKagan talked about his life prior to joining Guns N' Roses, the band's early days, and more.

 

Asked on what his life was like before GN'R, the bassist replied (via Blabbermouth😞

"I came up in the punk-rock scene of Seattle. I saw The Clash in '79, a band that was so exotic to me. I saw Zeppelin in '77 play [the now-demolished Seattle stadium] The Kingdome. It was enormous, and the band was so small and so far away.

"I saw some other big bands - KISS and whatnot - and the punk rock thing hit, and The Clash were playing right in front of me.

"After the show, they came out into the crowd, and [Joe] Strummer said something on the stage that always left an indentation on me - 'There's no difference between us and you. We're all the same. We're in it together.'

"Thus was born a DIY, punk-rock scene in Seattle. We did everything ourselves - making fliers, booking shows, carting gear, booking VFW halls, lying to the police that it was a teen dance.

"Learning how to do the commerce of that - how to finagle the job you had to get to pay for rehearsal places, for an apartment and for fliers and for gear. You would trade for gear. I started really learning the value of things, and I was really driven.

"Music was going to be my thing. Was I going to make a living at it? That was kind of a joke. It was just my passion, and if I was broke doing my passion, so be it. I had to do it.

"I played in a bunch of bands in Seattle. One of them got signed to Jello Biafra's label [Alternative Tentacles]. We got no money for it, but we put a mark on the American map of punk rock.

"I was working at a restaurant in Seattle, saving my money to move to LA... I moved to LA chasing my dream, and the first people I met was Slash and Steven [Adler] through an ad in the newspaper.

"We met down at Canter's [Deli]. We stared at each other but found that we had a lot of the same musical influences... There was always a missing piece in the tons of bands I was in Seattle.

"I toured. I knew how to book a tour, I knew how to make a flier. But if you're missing a piece in your band, like, there was always a weak link... When the five of us got in a room the first time in Silverlake in a rehearsal place, it was on. You could tell immediately. It was pretty ferocious."

Asked to share a few words of advice to up-and-coming artists, Duff replied:

"My daughter has a band now, and the advice I have for her and what drove is just writing to write songs and believing in yourself. Commerce was not a part of any of it at the beginning. You've got to really believe in your idea.

"We wrote the songs we wrote - we took from our own experiences, melded it together and wrote what became [1987's] 'Appetite for Destruction'. Then we started realizing we had to draw people to clubs. That was the next step.

"Our first gig was to three people. Our second gig was to four. We knew all three and four people who came to our shows... We hustled, and we started to bring in 50 people and 100 people and kept writing those songs, and somehow, those songs identified with our generation.

"They weren't pretty; it wasn't sweet; they weren't love-songs. It was about drugs; it was about the darker side of what we were seeing. We all lived through that early '80s recession. There was no jobs.

"I moved to Hollywood right after the [1984] Olympics, so the cops just left Hollywood and it was the Wild West as far as drugs and crime and whatnot. This is what we're seeing - we're seeing heroin; we're seeing crack - and we wrote about it because it was what we knew."

Great interview. Thanks for sharing. 

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Duff McKagan is about as punk as a pipe and slippers.  Speaking of punk.  Today's special, our infamous Punk Salami with Loaded seasoning.  It'll punk your day right up!

 

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