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Publisher's Summary

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.

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Kick ass

I do not care if this was unauthorized or not. You can tell that the author respects the band and the people discussed in the book.

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Needs editing

I felt this was excessively long. Seemed to be lots of unnecessary detail that didn't need to be there. Just my opinion.

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Depressing, sad listen but not the authors fault

Hard to listen through most of it, love Alice In Chains but what a waste of human life. Beyond Jerry they were all just throwing away their lives and couldn't fix it. Author did well, just can't make a good listen to people throwing away a life most dream of and literally killing themselves.

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Encyclopedic, well read.

Being a native Seattle-ite, the same age as the members of AIC, this was a great trip down memory lane (no pun intended). My only complaint would be the narrator mis-pronounced many local place names.

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Disappointing!!!!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I imagine someone who wasn't a real fan and doesn't mind a horrible narration filled with non sensical BS. The author reaches too far right past the real story but damn you'll learn the DOB of some inconsequential character. And for good measure the "voice" is annoying.

What was most disappointing about David de Sola’s story?

Too much information that has no merit being there. Scattered. Start stop Brake Pedal reverse, brake and pedal It's like riding with a 16 yo learning how to drive. I have heard the very members speak differently about the basics of the band's history.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sebastian York?

Anyone who wasn't trying so very hard to come off as a badass. I really hope that's not how he talks in real life. I don't cast narrators

What character would you cut from Alice in Chains?

Really, Seriously come on that's a trick question. How about David de Sola. Start there. So much doesn't deserve or need to be in the book. Did he have to write a certain amount of words? He vomited all over the pages

Any additional comments?

Don't be teased into a let down

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More than just a biography

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - the book was more than just a story on how the band came to be. It provided a more in-depth look into the music that shaped the band. It also referenced key social or political events of the time to help frame in the story. The book goes beyond just an AIC story - it tells a story of grunge, rock n' roll and Seattle circa the time period. I highly recommend for ANY music or history fan but especially those enamored with AIC and the grunge scene.

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Layne Staley autobiography

Alice in Chains has always been a big influence musically for me. Fascinated by the rise and collapse from the band particularly Layne Staley. Overall if your a big alice in chains fan this is a must have.

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  • alex
  • reston, va, United States
  • 02-13-18

I would call this the Layne Staley untold story.

Very, very depressing trip down Layne's battles with drug addiction. Would have liked more of a background on the other members of the band.

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Well written sad tale..

What made the experience of listening to Alice in Chains the most enjoyable?

I am a huge fan so hearing details never heard before

What other book might you compare Alice in Chains to and why?

Heavier than Heaven....grunge and heroin

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes very much

Any additional comments?

Very sad story seeing the slow helpless demise of a young rock star...cautionary tale

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  • Easy Rider
  • Los Angeles, California United States
  • 12-15-17

Well researched, but not well written

Would you try another book from David de Sola and/or Sebastian York?

No, the book feels like a technical writing.

What three words best describe Sebastian York’s performance?

Somewhat robotic and monotone

Any additional comments?

Great story and research, but too many irrelevant details with minimal character introduction