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iVillage.com: Rockers of the '80s: Then and Now!

Guns N' Roses: Then

Most long-haired rockers weren't played on pop radio in the 1980s, but Guns N' Roses changed the rules. The band's first record, “Appetite for Destruction” (1987), became the best-selling debut album in rock history, shooting the band's original members -- pictured in 1985, from left to right, Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Slash, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler -- to MTV stardom. Songs like "Sweet Child O' Mine" and "November Rain" kept the band on the charts through the early '90s, even as the line-up kept changing. By the mid-90s, frontman Rose had alienated all of the remaining members with his unstable and controlling behavior; he continued to use GNR's name, but the original band was no more.

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