World Entertainment News Network reports that veteran rocker Slash insists his new autobiography isn't a veiled excuse for him to slam his former GUNS N' ROSES bandmate Axl Rose.
Slash — real name Saul Hudson — quit GUNS N' ROSES in 1996 after falling out with Rose for the umpteenth time.
But the guitarist, who now plays in VELVET REVOLVER, claims he has tried to make sure his new book, Slash, is as even-handed as possible.
He says, "This is not a vehicle for me to vent. It's not to lambast Axl or to talk shit about anybody else. It's just telling the story as I knew it."
The autobiography, penned by Slash and Anthony Bozza, entices readers with the line "It seems excessive… but that doesn't mean it didn't happen" on the cover. The book will retail for $27.95.
Former Rolling Stone contributor Anthony Bozza also helped Tommy Lee on his tell-all tome, "Tommyland".
In a recent interview with E! Online, Slash said the book will include a bunch of stuff about his years with GUNS 'N' ROSES, but not necessarily because he was feeling nostalgic on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of "Appetite for Destruction".
"I never wanted to write a book, because it would be too final," Slash explained. "The only reason I wrote it is because a lot of the stuff I was reading and seeing about the band got pretty frustrating. I just had to straighten out some shit."
"It almost reads like a journal, except for the fact that I never wrote anything down," Slash said. "It was a hard book to make, because I was pretty fucked up from 1980 to 2000-something. I really had to dig deep to try and remember a lot of shit."
Slash added that the book is now being edited and will hopefully be out before the end of the year. He told Glam-Metal.com that the book has "some funny shit in it. It's not really a book that I'm out attacking anybody or venting all my grievances."
Slash told The Pulse of Radio that for him and the other members of VELVET REVOLVER, making music has always been a central focus of their lives. "I think the most important thing is, from wherever it is that we come from back when we were kids, when we first got inspired to be musicians and we were huge rock fans, and the whole nine yards, that's never left us," he said. "So we never got jaded in the sense that — the business might have had some certain effect on us over the years, but as far as where our roots are, and what drives us to stay in and keep doing what we're doing, that's never changed."
VELVET REVOLVER released its second album, "Libertad", on July 3. The latest single from the set is called "The Last Fight".