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"I appreciate the passion that Greg put into this book about my friend Scott and his life and work. He was prompt and wanted the world to know about how all his friends and loved ones felt in mourning and celebration. If you are a fan, you have to read it!" --Matt Pinfield, SiriusXM Radio's Lithium

"Scott Weiland was quite possibly the last great rock and roll frontman, and his death crushed the rock community. This book was a great opportunity for people who knew Scott and loved his music to remember him and pay tribute." --Brett Buchanan, Alternative Nation site

"It's hard to lose a great talent like Scott Weiland, but we will always have his music and our memories! Greg Prato has put together a great collection of down to earth memories from Scott's friends and colleagues. Stay away from the internet rumors and check out the real thing in this book!" --Terry Turen, Stone & Double T (WXRX)

"Fans most likely will learn something new - some little tidbit from behind the scenes that they had never heard before, as many of those interviewed don't seem to have shared their stories on the topic of Scott Weiland previously. This book is definitely something to pick up and put on your reading list." --Screamer Magazine

"This is a must-read book for anyone interested in Weiland, STP, or Velvet Revolver. Prato has a unique way of connecting the dots in this oral history narrative, and you would be well-advised to check this one out." --Steve Rosen, CurledUp site
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 24, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1523720689
  • ISBN-13: 978-1523720682
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am always a bit surprised with the lengthy list of guests that this Author gets for his books. I have read several of them and I must say they are highly entertaining, but most of all, they are honest. I started this book on a Friday night and by Sunday morning I was finishing it up. There were things I knew about Weiland that some of the people talked about, but it was the stuff that I did not know that really had me hooked. No question that this is a worth-read.
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The last true rock and roll star, the likes of which we will never see again. Scott Weiland was the real deal...huge talent, true artist, the last of an era. When I heard the news of his untimely passing back in December, 2015, I thought to myself: "no one will ever fill that void again." Author, Greg Prato, has a talent for telling the inside story in the words of those who knew him best. I have read both the Shannon Hoon and Tommy Bolin books and this one won't disappoint. I only wish I could convince him once and for all to do the same with Pretender's Guitarist James Honeyman Scott. That is a story that we all want to know nearly 34 years after his untimely death that led to the end of the Pretenders as we loved them.
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I like the way the book was written similar to an oral biography. And I'd like to thank everyone involved in the making of this book for their positive thoughts, stories and recognition of Scott Weiland for his multifaceted talent.
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For all the trash Weiland got in the early days of his career, he was able to build himself up to get, not only mainstream success, but indie credibility as well. The list of luminaries here should leave no doubt of Weiland's credibility, and the heartfelt praise will give even non-fans a pause to maybe go back and hear what they might have missed the first time around...

Again, Greg Prato comes through with creating an honest and poignant account. He seems to go into every project with the enthusiasm of a superfan, and yet with his mind open enough to create a book free from bias or trumpeting his view...Another ringer here!
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I'm not exactly sure what I expected here. It seemed a great idea in theory, but that's where it left off. My surprise began in the introduction when the author said he couldn't remember the exact number of phone interviews he did with Scott. (I thought he was going to say 20 or 25, but he said 2 or 3. I laughed out loud.) This is followed up with interviews from (very) peripheral people "in" Scott's life. None of these interviews were conducted with the bandmates of either STP or VR, men who he spent days/months/years with him. It's like asking the mailman about me. Yes, I see him every day. Yes, I talk to him every day. Yes, he can probably answer questions about me. Does that make him a reliable source? No. Two stars instead of one because he actually interviewed David Ritz who co-authored Scott's book. I'd get it from the library, maybe.
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I don’t have any idea what the reviewers who left negative comments here are talking about...I think ‘Memories of a Rock Star’ is the perfect companion read to Scott’s autobiography, ‘Not Dead & Not for Sale.’ I learned a lot and a few things I was unsure of were confirmed or cleared up, such as interviews with the directors of STP’s classic videos recalling what was going on behind the scenes at the shoots and how they came up with some of the ideas for scenes, producer Chris Goss remembering how Scott was both talented yet unpredictable to work with, Bob Forest discussing Scott’s attempts at sobriety, etc. I have read a few of Prato’s other books (‘Grunge is Dead,’ ‘Meet the Meat Puppets,’ and his book about Shannon Hoon, ‘A Devil on one Shoulder’), and ‘Rock Star’ is set up in the same manner, as an oral history, which is easy to follow and understand. Read it and long live Scott Weiland!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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This book is a keeper. There are excerpts from loads of interviews with people who knew and worked with Mr. Weiland, woven together and bunched topically to form an interesting narrative. From the casual listener to the rabid die-hard fan, this book will hold the interest of any reader who wants to learn more of the details in the "larger than" lifestyle of a classic "Rock Star".
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Author Greg Prato has done it again! Using his oral history style of writing ( if you're not familiar with it, check it out) I felt like I was hanging out backstage after an STP show listening to Scott Weiland's friends tell stories about his short but exciting life. This book was just as good if not better then the book he wrote about the Meat Puppets.
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