Duff McKagan: The rock star accountant

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Accountancy and the debauched 1980s LA metal scene might seem at odds with each other to the casual observer, but when Guns N' Roses’ Duff McKagan finally sobered up he discovered a new passion: crunching numbers.

In 1994 the bass player ruptured his pancreas and, fuelled by a distrust of anybody in the music industry and suddenly with a lot of time on his hands, went about trying to understand his filing cabinet full of GN’R financial statements.

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    16th Nov 2012 11:15

    How do we go the other way

    I'm an accountant but wld like a career in rock music. Does anyone have any tips? I think Genesis should reform with me at the drums.

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    16th Nov 2012 11:55

    Rockers to accountants

    I saw G'N'R twice in the early nineties when I was a student.  I doubt either Duff or myself thought we would end up in the world of finance.  Those were happy days!

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    16th Nov 2012 12:43

    Iron maiden

    I think their lead singers a BMI pilot

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    17th Nov 2012 23:52

    Bruce Dickinson would be horrified at that

    until my autobiography my lips are sealed, i was there i survived :-)

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    By trevv69
    18th Nov 2012 18:02

    Comedy is the new Rock'n'Roll...
    ... So they say, so Eddie Izzard, accountancy student turned comedy superstar surely counts.

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    18th Nov 2012 20:06

    back in the good old days !
    Touring was the poor relation with the records companies coughing up tour support ie giving the band some of their own royalties to big up the record companies share. Touring is where a lot of the money is tho most of it remains with the publisher

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