The first half of the title of rocker Scott Weiland’s 2011 memoir, Not Dead & Not for Sale, is sadly not true anymore. But the second part remains absolute: Weiland and his unique talent and spirit were never for sale. He sought at length for the honest way. Helped out by the outstanding writer David Ritz, whose titles on the likes of B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Janet Jackson, Ray Charles, etc. are too numerous to list, Weiland puts his heart, soul and savvy mind down on the page.
Here are 9 thoughts from the late great Stone Temple Pilots frontman’s rock and roll memoir:
- I’ve felt deflated and elated to dig through the maze that is the mind and soul.
- The human heart filled with sorrows and gold inspired me to dig further through this marathon or labyrinth in order to get the answers, find truth, and forgive injustices endured in order to move forward happy mostly, sad lovingly, and purged of the nightmares of the past.
- There is no peace, not for an hour, not for thirty seconds.
- My relationship to liquor is not romantic the way I once envisioned my love affair with dope. I struggle to stop drinking, but I don’t see it as suicidal.
- [The pull of heroin] may also be an act of self-loathing or anger against home or society or even the human condition in which the promise of death shadows us from those first fresh moments of birth.
- In my childhood, I relied on imagination — I could walk in the woods and be in Camelot, or Narnia, or wherever my mind envisioned.
- Now the world is one organized playdate after another.
- Are opiates the key to unlocking the magical kingdom where the colorful flowers fade to black?
- Peace to all.