Slash

by ethnic on January 5, 2008

Birth Name: Saul Hudson

Place of Birth: Islington, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 23 July, 1965

Ethnicity:
*English, small amount of Welsh (father)
*African-American (mother)

Slash is a British and American musician and songwriter. He is the guitarist in the band Guns N’ Roses. Other members of the band include or have included Steven Adler, Duff McKagan, Melissa Reese, Axl Rose, Matt Sorum, and Izzy Stradlin. Slash was also a member of hard rock supergroup Velvet Revolver, along with Dave Kushner, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, and Scott Weiland.

Slash was born in Islington, London, England, to an African-American mother, Ola Jorjan (Oliver), and a white English father, Charles Anthony Hudson. His family moved to California when he was eleven years old.

Slash has two children with his wife, Perla Ferrar.

Slash has sometimes been described on the internet as having Nigerian or Jewish ancestry. Both claims are inaccurate.

Slash’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his fifth great-grandfather, George Hudson (c. 1788, Snelston, Derbyshire – December 1879, Derbyshire).

Slash’s paternal grandfather was Charles Henry Hudson (the son of Charles Henry Hudson and Emma Burgess). Slash’s grandfather Charles was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Slash’s great-grandfather Charles was the son of Charles Henry Hudson and Hannah Margaret Mills. Emma was the daughter of James Burgess and Hannah Cooke.

Slash’s paternal grandmother was Sybil Young (the daughter of George Young and Eliza Eleanor Bracegirdle). Sybil was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. George was the son of Charles Young and Martha Walker. Eliza was the daughter of William Bracegirdle, whose own mother, Elleanor Roberts, was Welsh, and of Mary Fletcher.

Source: Genealogy of Slash’s father – https://www.ancestry.com

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Manila July 2, 2018 at 5:48 am

Slash’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his fifth great-grandfather, George Hudson (c. 1788, Snelston, Derbyshire – December 1879, Derbyshire).

Charles’ middle name is Henry, and he was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. He was the son of Charles Henry Hudson and Emma Burgess. Slash’s great-grandfather Charles was the son of Charles Henry Hudson and Hannah Margaret Mills. Emma was the daughter of James Burgess and Hannah Cooke.

Sybil was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. She was the daughter of George Young and Eliza Eleanor Bracegirdle. Slash’s great-grandfather George was the son of Charles Young and Martha Walker. Eliza was the daughter of William Bracegirdle, whose own mother, Elleanor Roberts, was Welsh, and of Mary Fletcher.

Genealogy of Slash’s father – https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/24892125/person/1575862067/facts

Remark: Ancestry.com is suffering from a glitch, where you can see details even if you are not a subscriber for a brief period of time such as the link given above. Try to take this opportunity to expand the ancestries of other profiles.

passingtime85 July 3, 2018 at 1:23 am

Hope some of our other contributors take advantage. Thanks for the tip.

neiltennant March 7, 2017 at 4:08 am

Wow actually his mother was very good looking she was also a clothes designer and a model

she made clothes for famous singers especially glam rock and according to SLASH many of those young singers fell in love with her and this made the little boy SAUL very jealous and angry

one day he discovered DAVID BOWIE with his mother

Connerfromvine May 21, 2016 at 5:11 pm

I thought he was Howard Stern.

neiltennant March 7, 2017 at 4:05 am

me too

i think there was a time when people thought he might be jewish

crunty February 25, 2016 at 10:27 am

I thought Slash lived in Stoke, England, for a time, and supported the football club there (or something like that)

cwm85 August 1, 2015 at 10:50 am

Never would have guessed he was part African-American. I thought he was just a tanned European.

neiltennant August 1, 2015 at 1:58 pm

i agree

there was a time 1991 or 92 when he was seen only with glasses and some cannot say something about his ethnicity

plus you are right, he lookes like a tanned european
but i would have guessed that he is at least italian or portugese

cwm85 August 1, 2015 at 2:03 pm

I bet if he was American more Blacks would claim him. But growing up as a person who is mixed myself and been around in mix schools and majority black schools we never learned about Slash. He is of African descent in one of the biggest rock bands ever and blacks have ignored him. We hear about of courser Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters. All legendary black guitarist but Slash is rarely mentioned. I think most people don’t know he is Part African American or African descent.

neiltennant August 1, 2015 at 2:23 pm

im not sure

his mom was famous and made clothes for david bowie and t rex and appeared on commercials

his father is a brit

but there were rumors that he is half brit and half jewish

because of his name SAUL

but that was wrong

fuzzybear44 August 1, 2015 at 9:13 pm

@Cwm85

Quote: He is of African descent in one of the biggest rock bands ever and blacks have ignored him.

Slash is at fault with that. It’s not like he openly embrace the African American population. I never saw one interview where he talked about his African American ancestry. So how are African Americans supposed to recognize him, and place him with the others

neiltennant August 2, 2015 at 3:47 am

@fuzzybear44

sounds stereotypical

how african americans ignored him ? Why you speak about THE african americans

did you been on concerts of guns n roses in 87-92 ?

Did you notice the numbers of african american concert tickets and cd buyers?

in my eyes this sounds very racist and suggests that african americans listen only to hip hop haha

Their first three albums had been big seller in the usa and its likely that at least 40 percent of those albums in the us were bought by AA

plus SLASH was known as inspiration by rap artists and black rock musicians

midori29 July 26, 2018 at 1:59 pm

Truth. Plus he grew up in the 80s were alot of black artists tried to be whiter with segregation. They actually had a section of the music awards called best black music category. Slash realized that he could pass for white and likely did not want to be stifled in his music. And most blacks didn’t listen to heavy metal anyhow.

midori29 July 26, 2018 at 1:52 pm

He should be inducted into the new African American history museum. He is an extremely talented guitarist.

Check7t August 26, 2015 at 9:38 pm

Go look at his natural hair texture.

Manila August 1, 2015 at 9:37 am

It says that Anthony’s first name is Charles according to his marriage record: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV69-NLT3

Manila August 1, 2015 at 9:32 am

I am not sure if this is his father’s birth record: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV7S-HNMM

It says that Slash was raised by his father and paternal grandparents in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

Manila August 1, 2015 at 9:38 am
follers August 1, 2015 at 2:28 pm

His grandparents were Sybil and Charles according to biographies.

Manila August 1, 2015 at 8:51 pm

grandfather Charles’ middle initial is H.

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV8L-9B5Z

Manila August 1, 2015 at 9:28 am

Ola’s middle name is Jorjan.

WTF October 11, 2014 at 4:38 am

IDK how some of these dumbass idiots on here can say he doesn’t look half black. He sure as hell doesn’t look white. He definitely looks half black. His nose, hair, and skin tone give it away.

SeanieCooper January 9, 2013 at 2:40 pm

I never once denied the fact that Slash isn’t half black. Slash’s hair is actually a chemical perm, his natural hair is a bushy afro.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 6, 2012 at 9:52 pm

He is amazing.

Esmeralda D. Iniguez February 6, 2012 at 7:34 pm

OMFG!!! Slash is Black!!! That funny and amazing, I would never have guessed that!!

angie February 11, 2012 at 6:26 pm

hes not black though, he’s mixed race :) still very cool though, and quite the surprise!

jamal April 1, 2012 at 6:31 am

hes still black

midori29 July 26, 2018 at 1:54 pm

He is Black. As long as one if your parents are black in America and the Carribean you are black too.

neiltennant July 26, 2018 at 1:58 pm

hi midori29

good and nice that you are still active on this site !

he is part black his father was white

did you know that SLASHS mother had an affair with DAVID BOWIE when slash was a small boy….his late mother was very good looking and part time model for liquors and furniture

midori29 July 26, 2018 at 2:04 pm

Wow thanks for the Info. I’m not surprised. White British men seem to love black women and are often more liberal than American white men.

ihatemostpeople April 8, 2014 at 1:48 am

Um really, Esmeralda??? He looks half black to me. You’d have to be a blind idiot to think he was straight up white.

ana January 31, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Slash’s mother is African American and his father is a white English man.

Duh January 29, 2012 at 9:42 am

English and black.

Anja January 28, 2012 at 1:17 am

If he’s half black, it’s “black” hair.

Midnight August 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Interesting.

Evelyn August 14, 2011 at 8:41 am

I LOVE HIS AWESOME HAIR!!

jesse March 3, 2011 at 1:39 am

I thought he looked half black half whiite.

Alitha ware February 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm

it dusent mater what he is because we all know hes sexy

Dave September 8, 2010 at 11:11 am

He isn’t Jewish hes English and Nigerian no Jewish

ethnic November 22, 2008 at 9:40 pm

Do you have a link to that interview?

Heather November 22, 2008 at 2:43 pm

Slash has stated himself that he is black and English. He said in a recent interview that he is not Jewish.

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