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- Posted on Jul 12th 2011 4:00PM by Steve Baltin
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For him, that last accomplishment is the most important. "It's very possible none of this should've been here," he tells Spinner. "And every morning I sort of wake up and go, 'Oh yeah, it's all good. I'm happy to be here.'"
He also recently released a new album with Loaded, 'The Taking,' on which he looks back at his own decadent past. "There's a song on this record called 'Cocaine' and it was about the year 1993 and I'd quit cocaine," he says. "Cocaine was the drug that made me be able to do more drugs and drink more and so when I quit I was really proud of myself. Everybody was still on me, like, 'Dude, you're f---ing drinking too much.' 'Hey, at least I quit cocaine.' Now, how ridiculous is that? You're drinking whatever, 20 bottles of wine a day and doing 15 valiums a day."
So, what finally made him change his mind? "I ended up in the hospital. That's when there was a profound [moment]. Seeing my mom come in there, I'm the youngest of eight kids and there's our mom with Parkinson's, fine," he says. "It's like, 'OK, the order of things is f---ing wrong. You let your mom down, you let a lot of people down.'"
McKagan will get to show off more of that humor with his first book, 'It's So Easy: And other lies,' due out Oct. 4. "It's me taking my part in my own life and I only discovered how to do it and there was a part to be had through writing the columns for the [Seattle] Weekly," he says. "You start a paragraph with a sentence and then you gottta follow that with another sentence that kind of supports that one. And pretty soon I started seeing that, 'Oh, maybe it wasn't all these other mother---ers' fault all the time.' The book's sort of my journey through some things in my life that I found myself now, much later, culpable for and only after kind of tireless reexamination."