(October 12, 2017, Cutting Room, New York City) Vicky Hamilton invites all to the launch of the second edition of her all-access, kiss-and-tell life story ‘Appetite for Dysfunction: A Cautionary Tale’ in New York City on October 12.
Aiming at “putting the FUN back in DysFUNction” Vicky has added a self-penned poem and new chapter she has entitled I’m A Thunderstorm.
Leaving her hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana, at just 22, Vicky arrived on the famous Sunset Strip as a wide-eyed blonde with an ear for rock n’ roll.
“I was back home interviewing Tom Petty for Three Rivers Review,” says Hamilton, “He told me I was a ‘real California girl,’ and that’s all it took.”
It was 1981 and Vicky had arrived at the center of Hollywood, where the scene was erupting in spandex, sex, cocaine, hairspray and madcap visionaries.
Hamilton discovered Guns N’ Roses and became their first manager and surrogate mother, living in her apartment as Axl Rose ducked a rape charge. “I was basically harboring a fugitive,” she says, “Axl ended up crashing on my couch for six months.”
Hamilton then negotiated GNR’s contract with Geffen Records. In 1986, she was let go and forced to sue the band to recoup the $25,000 she’d borrowed to bankroll them.
She now continues to share her stories in an explosive memoir of the woman who rode the crazy train with some of rock’s wildest frontmen, and matched their hard-partying ways.
Sober for near 20 years, Hamilton spent that last seven excavating her private collection of photos, flyers, contracts, letters, and interviews to create a revealing look into her fascinating life.
The book includes details of her turbulent relationship with Axl Rose and Poison’s Bret Michaels, her experience as an A&R Rep. for Geffen, and, above all, it’s the story of her rise and fall, and how she regained her life by becoming a Grammy Award winning executive that helped relaunch the career of June Carter Cash in 1999.
Steven Adler (Guns N’ Roses drummer) said: “Vicky was probably the best thing that happened to us in the early days. She dealt with us when nobody else would, and made everything happen for us. I’m grateful for that.”
NOW UPDATED Vicky has added an extra chapter as, going into her sixtieth year, she is still tearing up the rule-book and still putting names on the map with Love Past Blue, Diane Meyer, Damian Sage, and London’s Matt Adey at the forefront of her exploits.
“I’ve written a new chapter for the second edition which brings the book up-to-date,” added Vicky, “Appetite for Dysfunction has had a life of its own and I’m so grateful to all I’ve met on this journey.
“A little rock n’ roll heart, definitely goes a long way.”
October 12 will see Vicky Hamilton and Friends at the fabulous Cutting Room, NYC where she’ll be doing readings from her memoirs, signing (not singing, although she could be tempted on stage), and several of her acts will also perform on a night not to be missed.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Vicky Hamilton is a Grammy Award winning music industry executive and manager who oversaw the early careers of Guns N’ Roses, Poison, Faster Pussycat and Mötley Crüe (to name a few). She is considered one of the most successful music industry executives of her time. Appetite for Dysfunction is her unbelievably true story, told for the first-time alongside stunning images and first-hand accounts of a music executive with nearly four decades of rock & roll stories to tell.
Limited edition autographed pre-release editions and other merchandise may be ordered through Vicky’s WEBSITE