Alice in Chains was the first of grunge's big four - ahead of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden - to get a gold record and achieve national recognition. With the charismatic Layne Staley behind the microphone, they became one of the most influential and successful bands to come out of the Seattle music scene. But as the band got bigger, so did its problems. Acclaimed journalist David de Sola follows the members from their inauspicious beginnings at a warehouse under the Ballard Bridge through the history of the band, charting:
The local hair metal scene in Seattle during the 1980s.
How drugs nearly destroyed the band and claimed the lives of Staley and founding bassist Mike Starr.
Jerry Cantrell's solo career and Mike Starr's life after being fired from the band.
The band's resurrection with William DuVall, the Atlanta singer/guitarist who stepped into Layne Staley's shoes.
Based on a wealth of interviews with people with direct knowledge of the band and its history, many of whom are speaking on the record for the first time, Alice in Chains will stand as the definitive Alice in Chains biography for years to come.
©2015 David de Sola (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
I would highly recommend this for anyone who is interested in Alice In Chains or the grunge music scene from the nineties.
It gives a very comprehensive overview of the band's career from the formation to the present day. It is mainly focussed on the Layne Staley era, which is when most of their recording career took place.
It shows that in spite of personal tragedy great art can still be created.
I love this band, but this book is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo....... boring!!! the author does nothing to create a sense of feeling and understanding of Lane and his tragedy. very dry and dull.
Lots of facts that reference people we don't know or care about and that add nothing to the story. This is the first audiobook I refused to finish. Get Paul Stanley's audiobook to hear an interesting rock story.
for any true fan or casual listener the history here is from actual accounts of people who were there. Wonderful coverage of Lane one of the best biographies I've ever read.
Outstanding job researching the material and great job citing sources offering varied accounts and view points to present a comprehensive account of the guys behind the music. It was an overall great bio.
The author rigorously sorts all available facts about aic. It is about the band member's lives and barely about their creative process, something to keep in mind.
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