Guns N Roses Research Books

Guns N' Roses

Information Books

In this guide, I give publication information and whether an item is still available.  There is a copy of every copyrighted piece of media published in America stored in the Library of Congress.  Therefore, books--print/audio and periodicals are easier to obtain than other merchandise.  They are also too expensive to bootleg and to my knowledge, none of them have been.  Even if a print or audio media is out of circulation, anyone can take the ISBN (10 or 13) or ASIN number and request an inter library loan.  Many magazines offer back issues for purchase as well.  Since print media technically never dies, I have not assigned a collector value to anything in this series.  This particular guide deals with books about Guns N' Roses in their entirety.

Below are my personal recommendations for collectors:

 

Guns Ní Roses: The World's Most Outrageous Hard Rock Band (Paul Elliott, Sep. 1990)--Photos

Guns N Roses Live (Mick St. Michael, Jun. 1991)--Photos

Appetite for Destruction: The Days of Guns Ní Roses (Danny Sugerman, Jul. 1991)

Guns Ní Roses: The Most Dangerous Band In The World (Mick Wall, Apr. 1992)

Guns Ní Roses: In Their Own Words (Mark Putterford, Dec. 1992)

Guns 'n' Roses: The Official Book (Robert John w/forward by W. Axl Rose, May 13, 1993)--true collectors item, discontinued by Axl.

Guns N' Roses: The Photographic History (Robert John w/forward by W. Axl Rose, Jul. 1993)--Photos

Guns N' Roses In Person: Biography (Cherry Lane Music, Sep. 1993)

Guns Ní Roses: Book & CD (Bill Bateman, Oct. 1996)

Guns N' Roses Posterbook (Button, Jan. 1998)--Photos

Guns Ní Roses: The Pictures (George Chin, Jun. 1, 1998)--Photos

Dust n' Bones: The Untold Story of Izzy Stradlin (Jake Brown, Jan. 20, 2005)

Guns N' Roses: The Band That Time Forgot: The Complete Unauthorized Biography (Paul Stenning, Sep. 28, 2005, originally published in 2004)

Axl: The Life and Times of Axl Rose and Guns N' Roses (Sorelle Saidman, Feb. 1, 2006)--hasn't been released yet.

Reckless Road: Guns N Roses and the Making of Appetite for Destruction (Marc Canter, Sep. 10, 2007)--true collectors item, all new info & photos.

SLASH (Slash with Anthony Bozza, Oct. 1, 2007)

 

All of these books are available through Amazon.com.

 

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Guns 'N Roses: Appetite for Destruction [guitar personality folios]

Author:

Softcover

Publisher: Alfred Publishing Company (November 1988)
ISBN-10: 9990552193
ISBN-13: 978-9990552195

This item is still being mass marketed and retails for $23.00 USD.

Guns N' Roses: In Person Biography

Author: Guns N' Roses

Softcover

Publisher: Cherry Lane Music (April 1, 1989)
ISBN-10: 0895244330
ISBN-13: 978-0895244338

This item is out of print and available used for $95.00 USD.

 

Includes magazine articles, song lyrics, and poster.

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Guns and Roses

Author: Eddy McSquare

Softcover

Publisher: Alfred Publishing Company (October 30, 1989)
ISBN-10:
ISBN-13:

This item is out of print and no longer available.

[No Image Available] Guns 'N' Roses
Author: Paul Elliott
Softcover
Publisher: Hamlyn (August 10, 1990)
ISBN-10: 0600567966
ISBN-13: 978-0600567967
This item is out of print and available used for $145.00 USD.

Guns N' Roses: The World's Most Outrageous Hard Rock Band
Author: Paul Elliott
Softcover
Publisher: William Morrow & Company (September 1990)
ISBN-10: 0688100546
ISBN-13: 978-0688100544

This item is out of print and is available used for $3.00 USD.

[No Image Available] Guns N' Roses: Use Your Illusion Tour 1991
Author: Staff of Guns n' Roses (editors)
Softcover
Publisher: Guns N' Roses (1991)
ASIN: B000KGJCE4 and B000KGLHAG
This item is out of print and available used for $2,000.00 USD.

Unpaginated tour book

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Guns N Roses: Lowlife in the Fast Lane
Author: Mesquare
Softcover
Publisher: Music Sales Corporation (June 1991)
ISBN-10: 0711927936
ISBN-13: 978-0711927933

This item is out of print and is available used for $13.00 USD.

Guns N Roses Live
Author: Mick St. Michael
Softcover
Publisher: Omnibus Press (June 1991)
ISBN-10: 0711927766
ISBN-13: 978-0711927766

This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $20.00 USD, available used for $16.00.

 

A book of photos with a free poster.

Appetite for Destruction: The Days of Guns n' Roses
Author: Danny Sugerman
Hardcover
Publisher: St Martins Press; 1st edition (July 1991)
ISBN-10: 0312058144
ISBN-13: 978-0312058142

This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $12.00 USD, available used for $3.00.

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Appetite for Destruction: The Days of Guns n' Roses
Author: Danny Sugerman
Hardcover
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (1991)
ASIN: B000GVP4UY

This item is out of print and no longer available.

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Appetite for Destruction: The Days of Guns n' Roses
Author: Danny Sugerman
Softcover
Publisher: St Martins Press; Updated Expanded edition (May 1992)
ISBN-10: 0312076347
ISBN-13: 978-0312076344

This item is out of print and is available used for $5.00 USD.

[No Image Available] Guns N' Roses: Lowlife
Author: Eddy McSquare
Hardcover
Publisher: Music Sales Corporation (November 1992)
ISBN-10: 0711932271
ISBN-13: 978-0711932272
This item is out of print and available used for $1.00 USD.
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Guns 'N' Roses

Author: P. McSquire

Softcover

Publisher: Alfred Pub Co (1992)
ISBN-10:
ISBN-13:

This item is out of print and no longer available.

[No Image Available] Guns N' Roses: Las Manzanas Podridas (The Rotten Apples)
Author: Various
Softcover
Publisher: AC (January 1992)
ISBN-10: 9509997803
ISBN-13: 978-9509997806
This item is out of print and available used for $14.00 USD.
[No Image Available] Guns N' Roses: Nacidos Para Ser Salvajes (Born to be Savages)
Author: Marcelo Gobello
Softcover
Publisher: Distal (January 1992)
Language: Spanish
ISBN-10: 9509495352
ISBN-13: 978-9509495357
This item is currently unavailable.

Guns N' Roses: The Most Dangerous Band in the World

Author: Mick Wall

Softcover

Publisher: Hyperion Press, 1st Edition (April, 1992)
ISBN-10: 1562829513
ISBN-13: 978-1562829513

This item is still being mass marketed and retails for $65.00 USD; available used for $2.00.

Guns N' Roses

Author: Mick St. Michael

Hardcover

Publisher: Longmeadow Press (September, 1992)
ISBN-10: 0681418729
ISBN-13: 978-0681418721

This item is out of print and available used for $1.00 USD.

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Guns N' Roses: In Their Own Words

Author: Mark Putterford

Softcover

Publisher: Omnibus Press (December, 1992)
ISBN-10: 0711932174
ISBN-13: 978-0711932173

This item is out of print and available used for $6.00 USD.

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Guns N' Roses: The Most Dangerous Band in the World

Author: Mick Wall

Softcover

Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson (1993)
ISBN-10: 0283061863
ISBN-13: 978-0283061868

This item is out of print and available used for $55.00 USD.

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Guns N' Roses

Author: Mick St. Michael

Hardcover

Publisher: Bison Group (1993)
ISBN-10: 1858410096

This item is currently unavailable.

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Guns 'n' Roses: The Official Book

Author: Robert John w/ forward by W. Axl Rose

Hardcover

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing, PLC (May 13, 1993)
ISBN-10: 0747515158
ISBN-13: 978-0747515159

This item is currently unavailable.

Guns N' Roses: The Photographic History

Author: Robert John w/ forward by W. Axl Rose

Softcover

Publisher: Little Brown and Company, 1st Edition (July, 1993)
ISBN-10: 0316466956
ISBN-13: 978-0316466950

This item is still being mass marketed and retails for $75.00 USD; available used for $14.00.

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Guns N' Roses: The Photographic History

Author: Robert John

Softcover

Publisher: Bulfinch Press (1993)
ASIN: B000OU16WW

This item is out of print and no longer available.

[No Image Available] Guns N'Roses
Author: Francisco Satue
Softcover
Publisher: Ediciones Catedra S.A. (April 1994)
Language: Spanish
ISBN-10: 8437611733
ISBN-13: 978-8437611730
This item is out of print and no longer available.
[No Image Available] Guns N Roses
Author: Books Oliver
Softcover
Publisher: Music Book Services Corporation (July 1994)
ISBN-10: 1870049470
ISBN-13: 978-1870049474
This item is out of print and available used for $10.00 USD.
[No Image Available] Guns N Roses
Author: Bill Bateman
Softcover
Publisher: Music Book Services Corporation (September 1994)
ISBN-10: 1886894108
ISBN-13: 978-1886894105
This item is out of print and available used for $12.00 USD.
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Guns N' Roses

Author: Mick St. Michael

Hardcover

Publisher: Harveys Books (September 1994)
Language: Spanish
ISBN-10: 1854225200
ISBN-13: 978-1854225207

This item is out of print and available used for $20.00 USD.

[No Image Available] Guns N Roses
Author: Bill Bateman
Hardcover & CD
Publisher: George Weidenfeld & Nicholson (December 1994)
Language: Spanish
ISBN-10: 1857975863
ISBN-13: 978-1857975864
This item is out of print and no longer available.

Guns N' Roses: The Pictures

Author: George Chin

Softcover

Publisher: Omnibus Press (March, 1995)
ISBN-10: 0711941823
ISBN-13: 978-0711941823

This item is out of print and available used for $99.00 USD.

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Over the Top: The True Story of Guns N' Roses (Classic Rock Reads)

Author: Mark Putterford

Softcover

Publisher: Omnibus Press, New Edition (June, 1996)
ISBN-10: 0711952221
ISBN-13: 978-0711952225

This item is out of print and available used for $30.00 USD.

Guns N' Roses: A Classical Story of Excess

Author: Joan Manuel Royo

Softcover

Publisher: Omnibus Press (November 1, 1996)
ISBN-10: 8479740868
ISBN-13: 978-8479740863

This item is out of print and available used for $450.00 USD.

 

Includes poster.

[No Image Available] Guns N' Roses Posterbook
Author: Button
Hardcover
Publisher: Yenny (January 1998)
Language: Spanish
ISBN-10: 1564300218
This item is out of print and no longer available.

Guns N' Roses: The Band That Time Forgot: The Complete Unauthorized Biography
Author: Paul Stenning
Softcover
Publisher: Chrome Dreams (May 28, 2004)
ISBN-10: 1842402463
ISBN-13: 978-1842402467

This item is out of print and is available used for $5.00 USD.

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Dust n' Bones: The Untold Story of Izzy Stradlin

Author: Jake Brown

Softcover

Publisher: Black Market Publishing (January 20, 2005)
ISBN-10: 0972614222
ISBN-13: 978-0972614221

This item is currently unavailable.

Guns N' Roses: The Band That Time Forgot: The Complete Unauthorized Biography Revised Edition

Author: Paul Stenning
Softcover: (36 pages removed from the original)
Publisher: Chrome Dreams; Revised Edition (September 28, 2005)
ISBN-10: 1842403141
ISBN-13: 978-1842403143

This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $12.00 USD, available used for $9.00.

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Axl: The Life and Times of Axl Rose and Guns N' Roses

Author: Sorelle Saidman

Hardcover

Publisher: Harper Entertainment (February 1, 2006)
ISBN-10: 0060786698
ISBN-13: 978-0060786694

This item is available for pre-order for $17.00 USD.

W. Axl Rose: The Unauthorized Biography

Author: Mick Wall

Hardcover

Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson (July 20, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0283070471
ISBN-13: 978-0283070471

This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for £18.00 or $37.00 USD; available used for £8.00.

 

Available on Amazon.co.uk; slated for release in the US on February 5, 2008.

Reckless Road: Guns N' Roses and the Making of Appetite for Destruction

Author: Marc Cantor

Hardcover, 6 different covers available for a limited time

Publisher: Enhanced Books (September 10, 2007)
ISBN-10:
ISBN-13:

This item is currently being mass marketed at http://www.recklessroad.com/ and retails for $30.00 USD.

 

Re-release

Publisher: Shoot Hip Books (November 1, 2007)

ISBN-10: 0979341876
ISBN-13: 978-0979341878

This item is currently being mass marketed at Amazon and retails for $19.77 USD; available used for $18.67.

Slash: Surviving "Guns N' Roses", "Velvet Revolver" and Rock's Snake Pit

Author: Paul Stenning

Softcover

Publisher: Independent Music Press (May 3, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0955282233
ISBN-13: 978-0955282232

This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for £13.00 or $27.00 USD; available used for £4.00.

 

Available on Amazon.co.uk; availability in the US is unknown.

Slash: Official Autobiography

Author: Slash w/Anthony Bozza

Hardcover

Publisher: Harper Entertainment (November 1, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0061351423
ISBN-13: 978-0061351426

This item is available for pre-order for $19.00 USD.

W. A. R.: The Unauthorized Biography of William Axl Rose

Author: Mick Wall

Hardcover

Publisher: St. Martin's Press, 1st Edition (February 5, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0312377673
ISBN-13: 978-0312377670

This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $17.79 USD; available used for $12.99.

 

This is the exact same book with a different cover and slightly different title for US release.

I purchased both books and they're honestly a piece of crap.  He quotes previously published material, including his own articles from Kerrang.  Save your money.  There's nothing in either book that fans don't already know.

Guns N' Roses Encyclopaedia

Author: Mick O'Shea

Softcover

Publisher: Chrome Dreams (June 10, 2008)

ISBN-10: 1842404237
ISBN-13: 978-1842404232

 

This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $14.96 USD; available used for $12.26.

Watch You Bleed: The Saga of Guns N' Roses

Author: Stephen Davis

Hardcover

Publisher: Gotham (August 26, 2008)

ISBN 10-1592403778

ISBN 13-978-1592403776

 

This item is currently being mass marketed and retails for $18.15 USD; available used for $9.98.