Not Dead & Not for Sale by Scott Weiland
A Memoir

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5 Critic Reviews

Sadly, the writing is often bland...and it displays little of the tremendous energy found in his music as well.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

In the early 1990s, Stone Temple Pilots—not U2, not Nirvana, not Pearl Jam— was the hottest band in the world. STP toppled such mega-bands as Aerosmith and Guns N’ Roses on MTV and the Billboard charts. Lead singer Scott Weiland became an iconic front man in the tradition of Mick Jagger, David Bowie, and Robert Plant.

Then, when STP imploded, it was Weiland who emerged as the emblem of rock star excess, with his well-publicized drug busts and trips to rehab. 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. He still struggles with the bottle, but he has prevailed as a loving, dedicated father, as well as a business-savvy artist whose well of creativity is far from empty.

These earthling papers explore Weiland’s early years as an altar boy right along with his first experiences with sex and drugs. Weiland discusses his complex relationships with his parents, stepfather, siblings, and the love of his life, Mary Forsberg Weiland. Readers learn the fascinating stories behind his most well-known songs and what it was like to be there at the beginning of the grunge phenomenon, as Rolling Stone proclaimed on its cover: “the year punk broke.” Not Dead & Not for Sale is a hard rock memoir to be reckoned with—a passionate, insightful, and at times humorous book that reads with extraordinary narrative force.
 

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Scott Weiland has been nominated for six Grammys, winning two along with numerous MTV, Billboard, and American Music Awards. His work with Stone Temple Pilots has sold more than 18 million records, and his first Velvet Revolver was the bestselling rock album of 2004. David Ritz is the only four-time winner of the Gleason Music Book Award. He has collaborated with Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, and Don Rickles. He also cowrote, with Gaye, the song “Sexual Healing.”
 
Published May 17, 2011 by Scribner. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Not Dead & Not for Sale
All: 5 | Positive: 2 | Negative: 3

Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Mar 28 2011

Sadly, the writing is often bland...and it displays little of the tremendous energy found in his music as well.

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USA Today

Good
Reviewed by Marco R. della Cava on May 16 2011

...the tales he sketches out often are as poignant as they are cautionary...

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Cleveland.com

Below average
Reviewed by John Soeder on Jul 19 2011

The contents are padded with random block quotes...random lists...and random sketches.

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Book Fetish

Excellent
Reviewed by Renee Fountain on May 17 2011

...Scott Weiland does a good job of revealing his true self, or at least who he perceives himself to be. Not Dead & Not For Sale provides a peek behind the curtain at the man who fronted two of the hottest bands in music...

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Crave Online

Below average
Reviewed by Johnny Firecloud on May 19 2011

...it strikes this particular Rock fan as cheap & sleazy that the man would choose this purgatorial point in his career to share such bizarre secrets.

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