I’ve never been a big reader of Playboy (no, really) although I did spend an afternoon last year at the Mansion in LA interviewing the very friendly but fairly deaf Hugh Hefner (there are less embarrassing questions to shout at someone than “SO IS THE VIAGRA STILL WORKING?” and “HAVE YOU HAD SEX IN THIS ROOM?”). However, after reading at Billboard.com that ex-Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan now has a financial column in the magazine called “Appetite for Investment,” I thought I would check it out. For the benefit of those unfamiliar with McKagan’s story, it is probably worth pointing out that the idea of the man who helped bring us “Paradise City” dispensing advice about stocks and shares is not as ludicrous as it sounds. After leaving Guns N’ Roses, the bassist spent almost four years studying finance at Seattle University and could have become an accountant had he not gotten even more lucrative employment playing with the currently-on-hiatus Velvet Revolver (his other band, Loaded, has an album coming out April 7 called Sick).
To be honest, I was hoping “Appetite for Investment” would contain advice on, say, which insurance companies will cover you in the event of your pancreas exploding (something that actually occurred to McKagan back in his drinking days). Instead, his current column at Playboy.com turns out to be a rather dry piece about bonds (“A ‘corporate bond’ is simply a loan made to a corporation and the money you recoup from the coupon rate is fully taxable…”). Sure, I now know a lot more about the subject than I did before, but that really isn’t saying much.
So, will you be checking out Duff McKagan’s column? Or are there any other well-off rock stars–Jay-Z? Sting? Elton John?–whose financial advice you would prefer to read? Let us know…
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