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Duff McKagan Prepping Advice Book ‘How to Be a Man’

The Guns N’ Roses bassist stretches out his ‘Seattle Weekly’ column for new tome on life lessons he learned

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Duff McKagan will release his second book 'How to Be a Man' later this year.

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UPDATE: Duff McKagan announced a May 12th release date for his upcoming book How to Be a Man.

Taking parenting advice from one of the rockers in Guns N’ Roses might not seem like a good idea, but for Duff McKagan we’ll make an exception. The bassist is prepping his next book How to Be a Man (And Other Illusions), which will share the life lessons he learned from his time with GNR and Velvet Revolver to getting sober and raising a family. The new tome arrives on May 12th through De Capo Press.

“I had a column for the Seattle Weekly for five years, and there was one column that was called ‘How to Be a Man’, and it was kind of tongue in cheek; it was really tongue in cheek. And I got a book deal from that column,” McKagan told Total Rock Radio (via Blabbermouth). “It’s a how-to guide of things I’ve learned about life – being a dad, being a husband and being in a rock band. And it’s, like, a city guide in it, but a very tongue-in-cheek city guide; like, how I see cities. It’s got all kinds of stuff. And other stories. And hopefully it’s gonna be a funny book.”

The original “How to Be a Man” column, which ran January 10th, 2013, featured the Guns N’ Roses bassist doling out advice like “Learn how to fight,” “Don’t road-rage,” “Lead by example” and “Don’t be a pussy.” “Don’t shy away from a situation just because it’s tough. If it is protecting the one you love, or things are tough at work,” McKagan wrote in the original column. “Pin those ears back and remember who the fuck you are.”

How to Be a Man (And Other Illusions) is McKagan’s follow-up to his New York Times bestselling autobiography It’s So Easy (And Other Lies).

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