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Classic DVD Review: Guns N’ Roses | Sex N’ Drugs N’ Rock N’ Roll

This cheapo doc on the iconic L.A. rockers turns out to be entertainingly trashy.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Outlandish Guns N’ Roses Rumour Of The Day: On the band’s last tour, singer Axl Rose supposedly hired a shrink whose job was to psyche him up and talk him into going on stage every night.

If that’s true, he might need a full-time team of specialists to get him through this unauthorized documentary on the iconic L.A. rockers. Like most of these cheapo jobs, this one is built around a smattering of old band interviews and photos, liberally padded out with chit-chat from fans, scenesters and journalists and stitched together with broadcasting-college editing and voice-overs. But even though it’s basically a cable-access knockoff of Behind the Music, Sex N’ Drugs N’ Rock N’ Roll is entertainingly trashy enough — as long as you don’t mind the fact that there’s not one second of GN’R music in the hour-long feature. After all, along with all those shrinks, Axl also knows a few good lawyers.