Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Recommended Reading: Scott Weiland "Not Dead & Not For Sale"

No front man in the 1990's captured fan and media attention more than Stone Temple Pilots' Scott Weiland. Weiland, whose drug usage and antics were as documented as if he was the male Lindsay Lohan of the decade that saw Generation X and Y emerge to dictate what was cool and good. With the success of Stone Temple Pilots, Weiland's drug usage and rehab stints soared just as the band's singles. In 2011, he documented it all in his autobiography, Not Dead and Not For Sale.

Weiland, who grew up in the midwest and was a star football player, would be the last person you would expect to run to Hollywood to try and start a band. In his book, he documents years of physical and sexual abuse he endured by his father and ran away to escape. Once landing in Hollywood he had rock and roll dreams as he was a limo driver, where he would then meet his future ex-wife, model Mary Foresberg Weiland, and then his bandmates to form Stone Temple Pilots. He documents and speaks candidly about his drug addiction, rehab stints, and his crazy days in a band that had the world in the palm of their hands. Weiland also opens up about his solo career, and his stint as the frontman to Velvet Revolver, who took the music world by storm in 2004. While STP have now continued on without Weiland and with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, Weiland is a solo artist and this book hopefully closed some very dark times and chapters in his life.