Saturday, May 14, 2011
[bravewords.com] RollingStone.com has posted an exclusive excerpt from STONE TEMPLE PILOTS/ex-VELVET REVOLVER frontman Scott Weiland's autobiography, Not Dead & Not For Sale: A Memoir, which will be released on May 17th via publisher Scribner. The following is an excerpt of the excerpt:
Slipping and sliding, peeping and hiding.
Basically, the story was that Mary had cleaned up and I hadn't. I was strung out and fucked up. Mary wanted out of the marriage — the agony of our divorce went on for years — but Mary still took an interest in my career. Always has. Always will. Ka-ching. Ka-ching.
She said she'd been hanging with Susan McKagan, a former swimsuit supermodel and wife of Duff, the bass player with GUNS N' ROSES when the group was at its height. Susan told Mary that three guys from GN'R — Duff on bass, Matt Sorum on drums, and Slash on guitar — had formed a band. Initially, Izzy Stradlin was in, but soon opted out. David Kushner from WASTED YOUTH took his place.
"Sounds like a lot of egos," I said. "Sounds like a lot of trouble."
"They put some songs on a CD that they want you to hear," Mary said. "They think you'll like what they're doing."
Read more at RollingStone.com.
The third webisode promoting Weiland's new book has been released...
Scott will be signing copies of Not Dead & Not For Sale: A Memoir on Tuesday, May 17th at Barnes & Noble - Union Square in New York City, NY at 7:00 PM.
A description of Not Dead & Not For Sale: A Memoir reads as follows:
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.
The memoir, co-written with David Ritz, will be released in a 224-page hardcover edition, as well as an eBook. Ritz is the only four-time winner of the Gleason Music Book Award. He has collaborated with RAY CHARLES, MARVIN GAYE, B.B. KING, ARETHA FRANKLIN, ETTA JAMES, SMOKEY ROBINSON, and DON RICKLES. He also co-wrote, with Gaye, the song 'Sexual Healing'.
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