Based on the memoir of the same name, It’s So Easy and Other Lies is a rock-umentary (rock n roll documentary) about Guns N Roses’ bassist Duff McKagan’s life story. The good, the bad, and the ugly. When it comes to this documentary there are no smoke and mirrors. Duff is brutally honest from the start. Whether it’s when he talks about his struggle with addiction, his road to recovery, his many bands, or the love he shares for his family and friends.
Filmed primarily at The Moore Theater in Seattle, WA; McKagan is seated on a stage where he reads from sections of his memoir with a backing band and a string quartet. The band plays acoustic-like versions of hit songs from McKagan’s musical career. McKagan does his fair share of playing and singing as well, including on “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”, “Wasted Heart”, and my all time favorite “Patience”.
The audience is taken on a trip through his life in a chapter-like form. You get a look into his punk background, a small tour of his hometown of Seattle, WA, and some cartoon reenactments of major life events. There are intimate old family videos, rare photos, and even some hand made band fliers.
First hand accounts from a wide range of people including bandmates past and present: Kurt Bloch (Fastbacks), Slash and Matt Sorum (Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver, Mike Squire (Loaded). McKagan’s Brothers: Jon and Matt McKagan. Wife: Susan Holmes McKagan. Peers: Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) and Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue). Plus many more!
If you are looking for a more indepth biography, pick up your copy of It’s So Easy and Other Lies at your local bookstore. I would highly recommend giving that a read before viewing, but if you’re as impatient as I am, then without further ado grab a seat, some popcorn, and get ready for a ride into Duff’s (sometimes erratic) life.
This documentary is a short 84 minutes and in that time it’s “gonna get the feet stompin’ and the hands clappin'” as Steven Adler would say.
It’s So Easy and Other Lies is available to rent and for purchase on Amazon.com