Not Dead & Not for Sale
Scott Weiland and David Ritz
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Not Dead & Not for Sale: A Memoir
Scott Weiland and David Ritz
288 pages
July 2012
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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The Stone Temple Pilots' singer writes about a life that descended to the lowest depths on the wings of addiction while also carrying him to the greatest heights of success on the back of one of the world's great rock bands. He is honest about his heroin use and the many times he relapsed. The only things missing are more details, more skin on the bones.

Weiland can't be faulted for this. Most musicians who write their own biographies tend to gloss over areas of their lives they just don't think are important to the reader. Here, for example, he barely dedicates more than a few pages to his work with Velvet Revolver, the band fronted by former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash. Even recounting his many lapses into drug use and multiple stints in rehab, he doesn't provide many details. He does relate an incident in Paris that is very illuminating--being beaten up by local toughs--but then dismisses it within a couple of pages.

Still, Not Dead & Not for Sale is definitely worth reading. Weiland is one of the most gifted singers around, and reading about his rise to fame and the battles he had with his family and love life shed a lot of light on who he is.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2012

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