Guns N' Roses: Three Eras and the Rock Goes On? Term Paper by Nicky

A review of the history and current performance of the Guns N' Roses rock band.
# 150521 | 1,729 words | 2 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Feb 29, 2012 in Music Studies (Blues, Jazz)

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The paper discusses the three main eras of the Guns N' Roses band; the Appetite era, 1987-1991, the Illusion era and the following seventeen album-less years until the band's latest release in 2008. The paper describes the constant changes in the membership of the band and discusses how Axl Rose has unquestionably been the face, voice, and heart of the band since its inception. The paper concludes that although Guns N' Roses may have seen better days, Rose's continued vision and leadership will no doubt continue to propel Guns N' Roses still further into later evolutions of rock 'n' roll.

The Appetite Era: 1987-1991
The Illusion Era
The Current Era

From the Paper:

"It must be admitted that there is not really a transitional period between the Appetite Era and the Illusion Era; Use Your Illusion I and II were both released in 1991 during the band's Illusion Tour, and represented only the third and fourth studio albums released by the group. The second album, G N' R Lies, was released with mixed feelings by the band during a time of heavy substance abuse (including during recording sessions and while on tour) and managerial mishaps, and Rose has complained that his voice is too raw and he should have been able to record separate tracks at a later date, but the album failed to have much of an impact on the groups' trajectory even though it reached the number two spot on the Billboard chart (Luukkunen 2008; Rose 2008).
"The same cannot be said of their next two albums and their first international tour as headliners. While there isn't a major shift in style, it is obvious that the band has matured both artistically and personally at this point, justifying its status as the mark of a new era. The song "November Rain" is one of several power ballads produced by the group during this time, and its lyrics show a sophistication in both their content and their construction that is lacking even from songs like "Welcome to the Jungle.""

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Luukkonen, J. (2008). "The History of GN'R: The Shocking Truth." Accessed 23 September 2009.
  • Rose, A. (2008). "Open Letter from Axl." Accessed 23 September 2009.

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