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How Guns N’ Roses killed rock’n’roll

"Appetite for Destruction," 30 years old, was so breathtakingly brash and catchy no one could beat it

By Jay Elwes   August 2017

Single entendre music: (l-r) Duff McKagan, Slahs, Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler. Photo: Paul Natkin/Getty Images/Natasharazina

The Los Angeles poodle rock circuit was a pretty crowded scene back in the late 1980s. Bands like Poison and Mötley Crüe—yes, those are umlauts—were wowing the LA crowds with their tight trousers and squealing guitars, spending almost as much money on hairspray as on drink. But one band went on to eclipse them all, releasing a debut record 30 years ago so breathtaking, so extraordinary and so brilliantly sordid that,…

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