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Not Dead & Not for Sale: A Memoir Hardcover – May 17, 2011

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"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" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

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 and Velvet Revolver has sold more than 40 million records. In May 2010, Stone Temple Pilots released a highly-anticipated self-titled album, immediately the #1 rock album in the country.

David 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 cowrote, with Gaye, the song “Sexual Healing.”

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; First Edition edition (May 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743297164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743297165
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Weiland has been called "the voice of an entire generation and one of the towering figures in the history of rock" by Rolling Stone magazine. His work with Stone Temple Pilots, one of the most successful bands of the past two decades, has sold over 18 million records. He returned to the stage with Velvet Revolver, whose multiplatinum Contraband was the bestselling rock album of 2004. Weiland has been nominated for six Grammys, winning two for Best Hard Rock Performance, along with numerous MTV, Billboard, and American Music Awards. Stone Temple Pilots reunited in 2008 and will be touring throughout the spring and summer, culminating with the release of their new album later in the year.

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Format: Hardcover
I am a huge STP fan, and have been looking forward to this books release since Mr. Weiland first began speaking of it 5-10 years ago. Given that much time to write the book and working with a talented co-author in David Ritz I felt like this was going to be a great read, from the point of view of a man that has lead one hell of a crazy life. instead all we are given is an extended recount of every article that is written about scott. There is almost no incite into the inner-workings of any of Scott's bands, or even expanded interpretations of well known story's of his life.
The book will take most people 1.5-3 hours to read, and approx. 10% of that is lyrics from songs he's written. It's 238 pages but reads like a 100 page book due to the "art", blank pages, and huge page breaks. so How do you cram great incite into the life of someone who's sold 40 Million records, been in rehab countless times, and been a permanent fixture in rock news for 20 years in 100 pages? You don't. Weiland's ex-wife Mary Forsberg's book released last year was much better written, much more informative, and much more interesting then Scott's book. Almost everything printed in this book was covered with more clarity in Mary's book.
If you really want to know about the history of STP, or Velvet revolver or Scott's solo work, there is much more information on-line then is offered in this book. It's incredible how little he delves into this actually. I haven't gone and actually counted but I'm sure the name Eric Kretz (STP drummer) only appears in the book 3 times. surely in 20 years of STP's history, Scott and Eric had SOME sort of note-worthy interaction. It almost seems that he purposely left all the interesting details of his life out.
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It is with sadness that I say that this is the most uninformative biography that I have read to date. I love biographies and am a huge STP fan but, feel robbed. I feel guilty for not writing a favorable review but, feel that I must in all good conscience be honest. There is no meat and potatoes in this bio. I would call it an outline and not a book. Very surprising considering Scott had help with it. I wonder if it's possible to get a refund?
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i was really excited about this book, because i read mary weiland's account of things, and i thought it would be really interesting to see how someone else viewed the same events. scott starts with a promise of insight and helpfulness and a desire to be honest, however, when recounting events, very little is actually said. i feel like the same information could have been gotten from wikipedia. i think he had the best intentions when starting, but somehow lost interest in writing somewhere in the middle. if you don't want to share things with the world, i get it, and that's perfectly reasonable, but then don't write a book. there's very little relating of feelings toward certain subjects, and if feelings are shared, they're very superficial, that is, there's mention of guilt or bliss but no further elaborations. every now and then he puts in a random jab at his ex wife that seems to contradict everything he's just said about her. there's a lot of space filler and really just not a lot of either owning up to behavior or explaining his perspective of things. it's very dry. his drug use is more or less breezed over. not a lot of personal stories. like i said, i think he just really didn't want to tell anybody anything, and that's fair. i just don't know why i had to give him money for him to tell me that. i seriously read this book from cover to cover while my daughter watched tangled. i'm certain he could have actually helped a few people by writing more honestly.
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Much like when you write a review for Amazon you write it very rushed and off the top of your head. I feel as though that is how Scott Weiland wrote this memoir. Instead of carefully detailing what should be said and making a very concise, clear, and raw story, it just becomes a string of small blips about his life rather than a readable story. Major events are covered in just a sentence, chapters don't seem to have an order to them, and he has picked and chosen what he wants you to know. After finishing it I feel there is a lot that wasn't told. I also feel it's impossible to talk about this memoir without mentioning Mary Forsberg's memoir, which is a little more detailed than Weiland's. You do get more insight into STP, Velvet Revolver, and his solo work and where the inspiration for the lyrics came from or the story they tell. But some of them are already well known from past interviews and could be found online.

People have put too much focus on what isn't in the book rather than what is. The stories he does tell range from one sentence to entire chapters. The emotions he describes are genuine, but somethings are dragged on while most are just stated and then forgotten about. For instance (SPOILER ALERT) he tells about the morning him and Dean Deleo flew to New York, high and hungover, and recorded the famous acoustic edition of "Plush" at MTV. This takes about half a page. However his break up with his first ex-wife, Janinna, takes about a paragraph. The only thing you can say negatively about the book is what Weiland has left out (or what people feel he has left out). But what is in it is well worth the read for a little more insight into his life.
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