Friday, February 6, 2009
Happy Birthday Ax!
"Some people got a chip on their shoulder and some would say it was me."
Love him or hate him, Axl Rose celebrates his 47th birthday today.
What is there to say about Axl Rose that hasn't been said here or elsewhere?
Well, for one, as a teenager growing up in the late-1980s, I absolutely worshipped the man. His punk/outlaw style appealed to young, angry men such as myself. He was an anti-authoritarian figure who burst onto the scene in 1987, shaking-up the conservative Reagan/Bush '80s.
It wasn't just his music and lyrics that were so appealing, but his entire persona. In 1988-90, Axl Rose was everywhere.
MTV was GNRTV. Every magazine had interviews with the man. The band swore on awards shows. Axl swore in his songs. Sure, it was the hits that got me hooked, but it was his interviews that kept me digging deeper.
In 1989 he told Rolling Stone magazine: What I'd tell any kid in high school is "Take business classes." I don't care what else you're gonna do, if you're gonna do art or anything, take business classes.
And I did. All of them, I took every business class my High School offered, because Axl said so.
The past 12 months have been pretty amazing for Ax, he released his magnum opus, Chinese Democracy, and he finally told his side of the story regarding the breakup of Guns. Keep in mind, these 2 events took over 10 years to come to fruition.
Axl Rose may be extremely polarizing, but his place in Western Culture is firmly cemented.
Forty-seven years ago today Axl Rose was born.
Happy Birthday Ax, and thanks for all the great music, dude.
"Old at heart but I'm only 47, Much too young to let love break my heart"
posted 12:01 AM