“Marc Became like the sixth member of the band.” — duff
When teenager and amateur photographer Marc Canter set out to document his best friend Saul Hudson’s rise as a rock guitarist in 1982, he never imagined that he was actually documenting the genesis of the next great rock n’ roll band of an era. His friend became the legendary guitarist Slash and Marc found himself front and center, witnessing the creation of Guns N’ Roses and the making of their legendary album “Appetite for Destruction". Marc Canter, with help from Jack Lue, photographed every gig the band played from their first show on June 6th, 1985 at the Troubadour to their last performance on the Sunset Strip prior to their international tour as a newly signed act for Geffen Records. The candid shots in Reckless Road capture Guns N’ Roses, both their blood-sweat-and-tears performances, as well as their intimated moments off stage.
Ultimately, Reckless Road chronicles the emergence of a band that became known as, “the most dangerous band in the world,” and reveals a musical journey of five musicians who set out to change the sound of rock n’ roll.
THE ORIGIN OF RECKLESS ROAD
“look inside” Reckless Road
Foreword by Slash
Marc and I became friends when I was stealing his mini-bike. I probably came up with some stupid excuse and managed to soften the blow a little bit and then we managed to get into a normal conversation. We started to hang out. We did fifth grade, sixth grade, then seventh grade and junior high school together and we were just really good friends – all the way up until now.
He’s my best friend; one of the only good friends that is consistent. I can’t nail it down in a word what makes Marc the person that he is -- he is just a character unto himself. He is a really good, loyal friend and we had a lot of common interests: I was into bikes and he was into bikes. A lot of the same stuff that I got into, he was already into.
Marc was always good at taking pictures. He always kept a lot of pictures. As we got older, Marc turned into a big fan of the band Aerosmith, and he got into collecting their magazine interviews and photos and any kind of rarities he could find. So I guess at one point he started to put a scrapbook together of stuff that I was doing when I started putting bands together. He always had a camera around. Marc has been working on the peripheral forever and I just never really paid much attention to it because he just always kept shots and kept scrapbooks of everything. It’s Marc’s nature and it’s great. I wish I were like that. I would have a clearer memory of my past.
There isn’t a better person to actually release any material having to do with the coming together and history of Guns N’ Roses and where it went and what was going on behind the scenes.