I was pretty out of control at the time. I remember showing up to meet the contractor to talk about redoing my bathroom and thinking that breaking out a few lines would be a good way to break the ice.
He and I stood in the bathroom as he walked me through the work that needed to be done.
"Yeah, yeah, cool, man," I said. I slapped down the toilet-seat cover and cut out four thick lines of coke. "You want one?"
He looked pretty uneasy. "No, no thanks. I'm on the job," he said.
"Okay, right, that's cool," I said. "I'll do yours, then."
"It's not just that, it's also eight o'clock in the morning," he said smiling apologetically.
At that moment I was every single nightmare cliche of what that guy had ever heard about rock stars, rolled into one: even more so because he had been hired to turn my extra bathroom and its huge corner Jacuzzi into a massive snake terrarium that took up a quarter of the room.
--Slash, in his eponymous autobiography. It's not too bad, if you like that kind of thing. My two favorite things about it: first, he spends a surprising amount of time talking about BMX. Second, he totally goes out of his way to be evenhanded and fair and respectful of people's different viewpoints and opinions and whatnot. I can't count the number of times that, after telling some story about how Axl is crazy or Steve is drunk or whatever, he'll add a sentence like 'Of course, this is just how I remember it, and the other guys probably have their own versions of the story.' For whatever reason, I think that's pretty neat.