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Alice in Chains: The Untold Story Hardcover – August 4, 2015
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“The early-'90s Seattle grunge band, long overshadowed by its hometown peers (Nirvana, Pearl Jam), gets its due in this debut book from a Georgetown graduate student. Taking center stage is original frontman Layne Staley who, like Kurt Cobain, found celebrity and success difficult and drugs an easy out. But there's also a deep dive into the band's musical influences and its impact on the broader rock scene, explaining both its roots and its reach” ―Billboard, Summer Book Preview
“De Sola explains in riveting detail how AIC became one of the most important bands to emerge from the Seattle rock scene, and throws new light on the dark impulses that drove it to both greatness and tragedy. Compulsively readable.” ―John Jobling, author of U2: The Definitive Biography
“A stellar grasp of document sources interwoven with an incredible depth of all-new interviews are the making of the first truly comprehensive biography of Alice in Chains. The story blends musical world, personal lives and the demands of the business Alice in Chains entered – whether the cut-price early days or the bombastic cash-overload of their peak success – to show how each element coexisted, impacted, clashed or simply destroyed the other.” ―Nick Soulsby, author of I Found My Friends: The Oral History of Nirvana
“A well-reported history of one of the most important and influential bands to emerge from the Seattle scene. Alice in Chains will appeal to grunge fans and metal-heads alike.” ―Mark Yarm, author of Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge
“De Sola brings a refined sensibility to the tale of Alice in Chains... exhaustively researched” ―Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
David de Sola is a journalist with experience working at CNN, 60 Minutes, and Reuters, whose work has also been published in The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, and other print and online publications. He lives in Los Angeles.
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It was an emotional read – especially when reading of Layne’s “black” years. The reclusive years. The mysterious years. The years where you know he was hopeless, and you understand because you don’t have to be an addict to understand despair. Yet, that leaves one unanswered question: Was Layne’s despair borne from addiction, or was the addiction a result of despair? Even de Sola couldn't answer that.
My only regret is that Jerry, Sean, and Nancy had not commented. This is their story, too, and the world needs to know it. I'm still grateful to David de Sola for shedding light on this very influential band. He did them – and us – a great service in telling this story.
Nice to read interview comments by aquaintances (J Bacolas) that I had the privilege of knowing when I lived and worked in kirkland WA area .. Just heart lifting to read their memories and recollections of an amazing time in Seattle music history. God rest Lane and Mikes tortured souls - gone too soon -
Hope they've found repose in the next life
Well researched and documented information. Alice in Chains is a great band and they're highly under appreciated. I'm so glad a quality book like this was written to document their incredible talent, tragedies and triumphs.
I will say that the writing style was a bit different but once the flow got going it read very fast.