At a time when pop was dominated by dance music and pop-metal, Guns N’ Roses brought raw, ugly rock and roll crashing back into the charts. They were not nice boys; nice boys don’t play rock and roll. They were unruly, misogynistic and violent. They were also funny, vulnerable and occasionally sensitive, as their breakthrough hit “Sweet Child O’ Mine” showed. While Slash and Izzy Stradlin ferociously spit out dueling guitar riffs worthy of Aerosmith or The Rolling Stones, Axl Rose screeched out his tales of sex, drugs and apathy in the big city. Meanwhile, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler were a limber rhythm section who kept the music loose and powerful. Guns N’ Roses’ music was basic and gritty, with a solid hard, bluesy base; they were dark, sleazy, dirty and honest, everything that hard rock and heavy metal should be. There was something refreshing about a band that could provoke everything from devotion to hatred, especially since both sides were equally right. There hadn’t been a hard rock band this raw or talented in years, and they were given added weight by Rose’s primal rage. As the 80s became the 90s, there simply wasn’t a more interesting band around but owing to inter-band friction and the emergence of alternative rock, Rose’s supporting cast eventually left, and he spent over 15 years recording before the long-delayed Chinese Democracy appeared in 2008.
Lissome Art Studio are proud to introduce a range of stylish limited edition art prints dedicated to Guns N’ Roses. Each typography poster is individually signed and numbered featuring song titles and lyrics from Guns N’ Roses albums and most notable recordings.