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Not Dead & Not for Sale : The Earthling Papers, a Memoir


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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."


Weiland, lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots, delivers a surprisingly sober look at his career as "the guy whose hopeless addictions had-and would always-ruin everything for everyone." Weiland was one of the most commercially successful rockers of the 1990s until his drug-fueled crash-and-burn lifestyle led to the band's breakup in 2003. He then went to similar commercial fame and personal havoc as singer for the supergroup Velvet Revolver (with Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash) until 2007. In part to set the record straight, Weiland and Ritz (who has coauthored books with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Janet Jackson, among many others) produce a straightforward, readable rock bio. Weiland's trajectory is familiar: an early troubled life; finding salvation in music; paying dues followed by massive commercial success; losing his way in drug and alcohol abuse as well as troubled marriages; finding peace in rehab; a recent successful drug-free reunion with STP. Sadly, the writing is often bland ("I have a chameleon-like ability to sing in any style") and it displays little of the tremendous energy found in his music as well. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Weiland, front man of the Stone Temple Pilots (STP) and Velvet Revolver, writing with Ritz (coauthor, with Etta James, Rage To Survive), pulls back the cloth to find a layer of gauze underneath. Known among fans for his drug problems throughout STP's 1990s success, he here necessarily focuses on his addiction, but his past is viewed through a fog. Weiland relates his "Tale of Two Fathers" childhood and the "California-Ohio hip-square split" that informed his love for the Clash and Elton John. The band's formation and evolution are discussed, along with stories behind the lyrics. With short chapters and a magazine-like layout, this is a fast read with some artful writing and painterly scenes, but it's a choppy trip. -VERDICT Fans will appreciate Weiland's memoir, but there is not enough music juice to win over the casual reader. Those looking for a consideration of drug culture have already found Keith Richards's Life. Readers who sought out Weiland's ex-wife's memoir, Mary Forsberg Weiland's Fall to Pieces, will appreciate his own honest and loving treatment of their capricious relationship and the further insight into his life.-Anna Katterjohn, Library Journal (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

"Fascinating . . . Weiland's story isn't over, but the four decades' worth of material he crams into "Not Dead & Not for Sale" makes for a compelling and worthwhile read." --"Associated Press"

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