Sorum Takes to Pen and Paper

For those who think they’ve heard and read it all about Guns N’ Roses, get ready for former drummer Matt Sorum’s take which he says will be “the juiciest” of all tell-all books.

Sorum recently guested on the “2 Hours With Matt Pinfield” podcast, and talked about his memoirs that he’s in the middle of writing. “I’ve done almost four months of four- or five-day sessions, so I’ve got probably a thousand pages right now. It’s going to be the juiciest of the GN’R books, for sure.”

In addition to GnR, Sorum’s musical career has also seen him with The Cult and Velvet Revolver. He said that his book will also spend time on these other musical involvements, “It will have stuff on all the other crap I’ve done. There’s a lot of good shit in the book that doesn’t pertain to GN’R.”

At the same time, Sorum understands that it will be the GnR information that will be of most interest and the real page turner for most fans. “I’m being really truthful about everything. I’m not a bitter guy. There’s a lot of bad shit that went down, but I just want to tell the story straightforward, and I don’t want to, like, hold back.”

Prior to his musical life, Sorum had a fairly shady past that he details in the book: “Before I was in a rock band, I was a drug smuggler. I used to smuggle cocaine across borders. I’d fly on airplanes with two kilos strapped around my waist,” he added, “my way to pay my way was smuggling. There’s probably going to be at least a chapter or two on my drug-dealing days.” Sorum said, “For the book, I thought about the title ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Smuggler.’”

While there is no release date for the book, Sorum’s comments are already whetting the appetite of fans. He said, “I’ve had such an amazing life, and I go, ‘Wow, man. If I don’t write it down now, I don’t want to forget.’

In the last year, GnR have been touring extensively. Sorum was asked how he felt about not being part of the “Not In Your Lifetime” reunion tour. He said, “I was there at the height of everything. And I did it. I’m very, very grateful that I was there when it was the greatest it was.”

Sorum, replaced Steven Adler in GnR, recorded the highly successful albums ‘Use Your Illusion I’ and ‘Use Your Illusion II’ and ‘The Spaghetti Incident.’ He also supported the group on the ‘Use Your Illusion’ tour. He was inducted as a member of the band into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April 2012.


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