It wasn't as awesome as I had hoped it would be, but I ultimately went with 4 stars because I love Scotty, and I think that's what really made me enjoy this book so much. This one, not so much. This was a very badly written book. And he spends the next oh, 26 years or so of his life on heroin. There was no whining and believe me this guy has every right to whine and there is no blame. It was very disappointing all around. I've been thinking about writing my own autobiography and thought I might read his book first for inspiration, some kind of guidance.
He writes of his divided childhood after his parents divorce and how he started drinking and using drugs at a young age. To buy this book at the lowest price,. Weiland your gift will truely be as missed as you are. The wave was glorious, but the tide brought destruction. As it was, he was injured from the experience.
His lyrics made my ponder. This book did gloss over much, but I'm not one of those that needs to hear the nitty gritty. It was well-written, the photographs were interesting, and it was enlightening to learn the stories behind the songs. It is not my intention to mislead anyone looking to live a righteous life. From his boyhood home in Ohio to sunny California, it was back and forth for Weiland cross country during his eventful childhood: two very different dads, two lives, and two ways of viewing the world. He got to front two successful rock bands, had a couple of nice wives who loved him, and by all accounts had two lovely children. Weiland discusses his complex relationships with his parents, stepfather, siblings, and the love of his life, Mary Forsberg Weiland.
In the early 1990s, Stone Temple Pilots—not U2, not Nirvana, not Pearl Jam— was the hottest band in the world. It's brimming with photographs of Scott and his family and I love the format of the book. Weiland has since made a series of stunning comebacks, fronting the supergroup Velvet Revolver, releasing solo work, and, most recently, reuniting with Stone Temple Pilots. It's just a really good book. Love's a light that can't be extinguished. I read this book in one sitting and I really enjoyed it from start to finish.
I wanted to run through the wicked garden of Scott's mind, emotions and memories. Wow, that was a messed up sentence, huh? I really loved how Not Dead and Not for Sale was laid out. Scott left with his brother Michael For the most part, this book is told in chronological order. This book is only a glimpse into a complicated life and I believe this was done purposely - he is not vain enough to believe we care about it all, but he is a beautiful lyrist and storyteller and if you know his music, I shouldn't have to tell you that , so you can't help but be captured. In fact, I think if you are a rock fan and you read this book, it will turn you into a Scott Weiland fan.
But I do call it my truth. Thank you, and I agree, it does seem like a waste. But as I read on the feeling was inescapable that Weiland could have expanded much more on his brief narratives, his circumstances, his surroundings, his music, and his bandmates. His voice mak I'm in love with Scott Weiland. To me, vagaries defeat some of the purpose of publishing a memoir for a curious public to understand and enjoy, though they say something in form accurately capturing the flow of an artsy brain that has abused drugs for a long, long time? He was such a sensitive and beautiful soul It was really raw and heartfelt read and as a fan was sad at times to read especially the ending as he had such optimism about the future and creativity to be expressed.
He just barely skims through some good stories. There are a lot of his song lyrics in the book and he tells what inspired them. The open, honest, no-excuses way he leads his life was enlightening, and told much about his struggles with sobriety and relationships. He has prevailed as a loving, dedicated father, as well as a business-savvy artist whose well of creativity is far from empty. His lyrics made my ponder.
As of the publishing of this book Weiland had been drug-free for three years and hadn't had any alcohol for two months, he is the first one to admit that he's definitely a work in progress, but he is still hopeful that he can overcome his demons and in the meantime his fans are glad that he is still making great music! These earthling papers explore Weiland's early years as an altar boy right along with his first experiences with sex and drugs. This is either a brilliant tactic, or Scott is just a shitty storyteller. I mean, it is a memoire no? Much like when you write a review for Amazon you write it very rushed and off the top of your head. That's the bummery feeling this book leaves me with: he seems stuck at somewhere around age 16 within. Another thing I might add is that in my opinion he was very different from his stage persona, even though he did mention he felt confident signing I would have liked it if he went into detailed about creating and evolving his stage presence and style but apart from that I highly recommend this book for any music lover.
In some instances, with more detail. When we got to the fancy hotel in New York, I vomited in the lobby. Maybe others were expecting more gory details of his use and high times. All the things you expect to get are missing. He also describes his compulsion to write music and how he knew that if he really put the work into it he would be a musical success - and we know he still is, despite all his issues. It almost seems that he purposely left all the interesting details of his life out.