Slash was born Saul Hudson in London, England, in 1965. He grew up in Los Angeles and learned to play bass as a teenager.
In 1985 he joined Guns N’ Roses and earned international acclaim for riffs on songs like ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine.’ After leaving GNR in 1996, he did session work and formed other bands, like Velvet Revolver. Slash suffered heart failure in 2001. His autobiography was released in 2007.
Saul Hudson, better known as Slash, was born to an African-American mother and British father .A family friend gave him the nickname "Slash," because he Slash lived with his father and grandparents in Stoke-on-Trent until the age of five, when he and his father joined his mother in Los Angeles. His parents divorced several years later, and Slash became a ‘problem child.’ He lost interest in schoolwork and took up BMX racing. At 14, he began learning to play bass, sometimes practicing for 12 hours a day, and in 1981, he joined his first band, Tidus Sloan. He dropped out of high school to tour.
For the next four years, Slash joined or formed a series of bands. Among them was Hollywood Rose, which was made up of Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin. The band didn't last, but in 1985 Rose and Stradlin asked Slash to join their new band, Guns N' Roses. They began writing the songs that they would become known for, including "Sweet Child o' Mine," "Welcome to the Jungle" and "Paradise City," and were signed by Geffen Records in 1986.
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