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Scott Weiland: Memories of a Rock Star
Greg Prato
294 pages
February 2016
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Veteran music journalist Greg Prato has once again aimed his estimable literary skills at unraveling the enigma and ultimate tragedy of former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland. The singer was truly one of the most gifted vocalists and lyricists in rock, and the haunted tracks he created both with STP and later with Slash's Velvet Revolver stand to this day as examples of how hard rock can be both melodic and passionate.

To flesh out Weiland's portrait, author Prato digs deep into the memories of over 30 musicians and assorted individuals who played key roles in the singer's life. Interviewed here is everyone from members of Blind Melon, Meat Puppets, and Megadeth to people like journalist David Ritz, video directors Kevin Kerslake and Josh Taft, producer/engineer Chris Goss, as well as friends and supporters including Richard Patrick, Bob Forrest, Matt Pinfield, and Eddie Trunk.

This excellently-researched book covers Weiland's entire legacy including his classic work with Stone Temple Pilots and such landmark releases as Core, Purple and Tiny Music...Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop, which accounted for millions of albums sold and spawned such memorable songs as "Sex Type Thing," "Interstate Love Song," "Plush," Creep," "Vasoline," and many more.

No book on the singer would be complete or true without looking into Weiland's dark side, which included a struggle with drugs that would ultimately claim his life at age 48 in 2015. Prato lifts back the bloody bandages on those particular demons and sheds new light on Weiland's addiction and longtime battle.

This is a must-read book for anyone interested in Weiland, STP, or Velvet Revolver. Prato has a unique way of connecting the dots in this oral history narrative, and you would be well-advised to check this one out.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2016

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