Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy, at Last

Axl Rose's $14 million 17-year obsession of an album is finally here. If only he'd let it go sooner

George Chin

At 46, Rose still has a rock star's snarl.

How long have we been waiting for Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy? After a decade passed without sight or sound of the thing, music fans started cracking the obvious joke: the Chinese will have democracy before record stores get Chinese Democracy. That joke is itself now an antique — record stores! — but we finally have an answer. On Nov. 23, Guns N' Roses will release its fifth album of original material, 17 years after its last. Put another way, Miley Cyrus will soon get to hear the first new Guns N' Roses record of...