'Chinese Democracy:' A history
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Axl Rose( Ian Tilton )
Compiled by Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
How do the lyrics go? Its been 14 years of silence. So sang Axl Rose in 1991 on Fourteen Years. But who would have guessed he was predicting the future?
OK, so thats not exactly true, as a string of stop-and-start tours, song leaks and Internet rumors have surrounded Guns N Roses for much of the past decade and a half. But an album that was supposedly 14 years in the making, Chinese Democracy, will finally be released on Nov. 23, 2008.
Heres a look back, a brief chronicling of the Chinese Democracy saga, and some of what has changed in the pop-culture world since Axl first started working on the album. We start in 1994, when tragedy befell the music world.
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