Guns N’ Roses Encyclopaedia

| September 26, 2011

Guns N’ Roses Encyclopaedia
Location: under “Journals and Databases” at TC, search for it by name

Here’s a reference resource you might not realize is available to you through Gottesman Library: The Guns N’ Roses Encyclopaedia.  Chock full of meaty details and color photos of the band and their friends, The Guns N’ Roses Encyclopaedia is a treasure trove of facts and stories.  Did you know that Dave Abbrusseze, former Pearl Jam drummer (his time with them was short-lived) also played for GN’R on Chinese Democracy?  You would know this if you read the first entry in the Encyclopaedia.  Organized alphabetically (as most encyclopedias are) this reference work collects all people, subjects, places, and bands closely or tangentially related to our fearless tattooed rockers (featured prominently in numerous photos throughout).  For instance, you might not expect Shaquille O’Neil to have an entry, but he does; he rapped a bit on Chinese Democracy.  According to the entry, Shaq enjoyed the work.  “’It was the first time I’d ever performed with a rock band, and it felt good.’ Shaq later admitted.” (p. 187) Entries read like lively magazine profiles.  Consider this description of the band’s ill-fated use of Persian heroin:  “Although Slash hadn’t partaken in the Persian, he’d knocked back enough Jack Daniels to fell a buffalo….”  Mayhem ensues, including an emergency room visit for Motley Crew member Nikki Six.  He recovered, and the incident inspired the song, Kickstart My Heart. (p. 222)

This is not the only reference resource for Guns N’ Roses enthusiasts.  Teachers College also holds Guns N’ Roses: The Band That Time Forgot in its collection, an unauthorized biography by Paul Stenning.  Although the author was not able to interview Axl Rose, and suggests that Rose probably doesn’t know his book exists, Stenning claims that inside is “a view of into the psyche of Axl Rose and a large part of the book concentrates on what exactly he has done for the last decade, creating a highly personal and probing profile previously unwritten or explored.” (p. 7) Indeed, chapter 11, “Estranged,” focused on Axl’s life from 1993 to 2003.

How can you get access to these two resources quickly?  Here:

Guns N’ Roses Encyclopaedia

Guns N’ Roses: The Band That Time Forgot