Slash in 2011, CarlaVanWagoner /

Birth Name: Saul Hudson

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

Date of Birth: 23 July, 1965

*father – English, small amount of Welsh
*mother – African-American

Slash is a British and American musician and songwriter. He was born in Islington, London, England, to an African-American mother, Ola Jorjan (Oliver), and a white English father, Charles Anthony Hudson. He was raised in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, and later moved to Los Angeles, 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 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’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced 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.

Slash’s maternal grandmother was Ola Rosemond Love (the daughter of Mack Love and Georgia Davis). Ola was born in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, and also had roots in South Carolina and Mississippi. Mack was the son of David Love and Sarah Jackson.


Curious about ethnicity

38 Responses

  1. Connerfromvine says:

    I thought he was Howard Stern.

  2. crunty says:

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

  3. cwm85 says:

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

    • cwm85 says:

      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.

      • fuzzybear44 says:


        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

        • midori29 says:

          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 says:

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

    • Check7t says:

      Go look at his natural hair texture.

  4. Manila says:

    It says that Anthony’s first name is Charles according to his marriage record:

  5. Manila says:

    I am not sure if this is his father’s birth record:

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

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