A Conversation With Duff McKagan

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and author Duff McKagan will release How To Be A Man (and other illusions) (Da Capo Press) on May 12, 2015. The book is the follow-up to his critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling memoir, It’s So Easy (and other lies). In How To Be A Man, McKagan shares the wisdom he gained on the path to superstardom — from his time with Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver to getting sober after a life of hard living. Among the book's many highlights are McKagan discussing how he, along with Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard, solved one of life's most staggering math problems: "If you've seen a million faces, is it truly possible to rock them all?"; and sharing tidbits about some of his fellow rock stars, including Kiss' Gene Simmons and Perry Farrell. Travelers will also benefit from McKagan's plethora of globe-trotting tips, including what shots to get for malaria and what not to do on a leased private jet. He also recalls the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and reuniting with Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose for a handful of tour dates in South America, and runs down the list of albums he thinks every man should listen to. Expanding on his popular weekly columns in Seattle Weekly, and, McKagan equips readers with the knowledge they need to rock fatherhood, manage their money and remain a "good dude" in spite of it all. The GRAMMY Museum welcomes McKagan to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate discussion about his new book, moderated by Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum.