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Not Dead & Not for Sale: A Memoir

3.39  ·  Rating Details ·  1,540 Ratings  ·  194 Reviews
The instant New York Times bestseller: the lead singer of the Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver delivers an exhilarating memoir of scaling the pinnacle of rock stardom, plunging into the chasm of addiction and incarceration, and then clawing his way back to the top again and again.

In the early 1990s, Stone Temple Pilots—not U2, not Nirvana, not Pearl Jam—was the hott
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Scribner (first published April 12th 2011)
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Ian Sandusky
I'm rather torn over this review.

First off, I'm a long time STP and Velvet Revolver fan, but this wasn't the book I was hoping to read.
Rather than focus on Weiland's life, and what made him who he his; this feels like an extremely glossed over biography that highlights and dwells on all the wrong parts.

Velvet Revolver gets two pages. STP as a band gets maybe twenty. His addictions, which I really wanted to hear about, feature prominently for most of the book, but there is very little detail giv
El Neo
Aug 13, 2011 El Neo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I'm in love with Scott Weiland. Always have been. Since I heard that first announcement over a bullhorn, "I am smelling' like a rose that somebody gave my on my birthday deathbed! I am smelling' like a rose that somebody gave me 'cause I'm dead and bloated!" And then the breakdown crunch of Stone Temple Pilots! It was love at first sound! I first heard them at one of the many low points of my life. STP were my rescuers. And leading the squadron was Scott. His lyrics made my ponder. His voice mak ...more
Mar 08, 2012 Alexis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I was interested to read this since Scott was mentioned in Duff McKagan's book, which was really good. Scott's book, on the other hand, was a pile of garbage. This was a very badly written book. It contained the lines "Mary was beautiful. She was wrapped in wool." and "I am a serious man who wants to write serious songs."

There's a lot of filler in this and not much content. I came away thinking that Weiland is a douche. (not that I didn't think that before, but my feeling was unchanged)

Aug 07, 2013 Speeda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had carefully avoided reading this for some time, not wanting anything to mar the fantasy relationship I have carried on with a fantasy version of Mr. Weiland for many, many years.

Three cold hard facts I was specifically hoping to avoid:

1.) cruel or whiny junkie antics generously romanticized in sonic form (e.g. "Interstate Love Song", "I Got You") that make you realize he is kind of a jerk when spelled out in book format.

2.) the inescapable conclusion that Weiland thinks STP lyrics are super
Thea Atkinson
Jun 24, 2011 Thea Atkinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book did gloss over much, but I'm not one of those that needs to hear the nitty gritty. I perceived the pain and authenticity through the voice of the narrator and that was enough for me. Let someone's most private pieces stay private.

I felt as though Scott actually narrated this and I enjoyed the sense of hearing his voice through the words.
Kurt Halfpenny
For a guy who was in rehab a shit ton, did copious amounts of drugs, started STP, got back together with STP, did Velvet Revolver, 2 solo albums you would think he would have more to say on both. I found this book boring, a lot of the pages simply just fillers to make it 238 pages. I mean, it is a memoire no? If he said "I've basically done so many drugs that I can't remember 7 years when I was a junky, then fine. But he didn't. I feel he should've wrote more than 3 pages about his brother, and ...more
May 26, 2011 Susie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
I was torn between whether to give this three or four stars. It wasn't as awesome as I had hoped it would be, but I ultimately went with 4 stars because I love Scotty, and I think that's what really made me enjoy this book so much. It was a bit schizophrenic, but so is he. It left A LOT of gaps, but that's his prerogative, plus, I'm honestly not sure that it's not just that he doesn't remember too much from certain periods of his life. Wow, that was a messed up sentence, huh? Anyway - as I've se ...more
Mr. Kim
Jun 07, 2011 Mr. Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scott Weiland's newly released memoir, Not Dead & Not for Sale, is an interesting, engaging read for fans of Scott and STP; it took me just over two hours to finish it. When news of a possible memoir came out ten years ago, I was excited for the opportunity to learn more about Scott's personal history. While the book does cover many areas of Scott's life, it does so at a distance. I know that many reviewers are bothered by this, but I don't mind. Scott has been exposing his heart and soul in ...more
Ilyssa Wesche
Blergh. Don't bother reading, just listen to the albums. Amazing how a guy as famous for his drug use as he is for his music can just gloss over all of the horrible shit and just focus on the "wow my love was so unique and incredible. I truly AM an artist." Which is a shame because considering he is still struggling, he could have shared some of that with his fans. All I can say is, I'm glad I didn't buy this book, because I would have been pissed about spending the dough.

I love STP and Weiland's solo albums, but this book was too hit and miss for incredibly HUGE disappointment.
Jun 16, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scott Weiland's memoir is sparely written, but you can feel his pain over his long-term struggles with substance abuse. He writes of his divided childhood after his parents divorce and how he started drinking and using drugs at a young age. He also describes his compulsion to write music and how he knew that if he really put the work into it he would be a musical success - and we know he still is, despite all his issues. He also describes his intense love for Mary Forsberg, his now ex-wife, and ...more
Jul 21, 2016 Ariel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
Well this is a bit of an awkward title for his memoir as Scott Weiland is now in fact dead. I was never a big Stone Temple Pilots fan but I love a good memoir to live vicariously through other peoples lives. This was just an accounting of who Scott slept with and what drugs he took. The first 100 pages were okay and then I got fed up with him. He got to front two successful rock bands, had a couple of nice wives who loved him, and by all accounts had two lovely children. Everything was just hand ...more
Like anything STP-related, I devoured this. Unfortunately, it was not so nearly well-wrought as a Scott Weiland song, and his story would have benefitted from better editing. Most notably, there are huge gaps in the story, which I understand is a function of the memoir genre, but filling in those spaces would serve the narrative by allowing the reader to trust and understand Weiland better. (Additionally, there were a few glaring typographical errors.) It would also behoove Weiland to quote his ...more
May 22, 2011 Stef rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Does anybody know how the story really goes, or do we all just hum along?" - Scott Weiland, Big Bang Baby

I read this almost in one sitting. Not difficult to do, since it's words among pictures, but also because I was engrossed. I have been a fan of STP since their beginning and I know I will be a lifelong fan. I'm glad that Scott is still around to tell his story and make music after all he's been through. His life has not been easy by any means, even since childhood. He makes no apologies and
Melissa Lee-Tammeus
Oct 02, 2011 Melissa Lee-Tammeus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
I read this memoir in less than a day because it was just that good. There is no doubt that Scott Weiland, lead singer for STP and Velvet Revolver (two awesome bands), has been through the wringer and most likely always will revisit his demons til the day he dies, but his acceptance of responsibility and his simplistic, yet poignant, way of discussing his life really sat well with me. There was no whining (and believe me this guy has every right to whine) and there is no blame. I was highly impr ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
It's no secret to rock and alternative fans of the 90s that Scott Weiland is a very talented artist. Unfortunately for him, he also struggled through much of his career with addiction and became well known for not only his music but also for (and perhaps more for) ending up in the news for getting busted for drugs. I've always been a fan of STP but it's been frustrating watching Weiland constantly get busted.

Last year, I read his former wife's (Mary Forsberg) memoir, which talked about her and
Brian S. Wise
I'll never learn my lesson with two types of books: the self destructive memoirs of young women and the self obsessed memoirs of drug addled rock stars. Because as it turns out, drug addled rock stars don't know anything other than how it felt to do drugs, how it felt to get clean, how it felt to fall off the wagon, et cetera.

This frustration was never greater than with Eric Clapton's unbearably irritating autobiography. He helped write one of the greatest songs in the history of the world ("La
Laura Thompson
Worth a read for STP fans. I enjoyed it despite it's flaws. This is a weird feeling book. I feel like I skimmed it when I actually read every word. I think the reason it feels vague is that Scott's memories are so hazed over by drug and drink, that as you read the tidbits he feeds you, you sort of feel that haze drop over you as's like you are getting only tiny snapshots of a story. I found myself going back a few paragraphs and re-reading, trying to figure out if I missed something so ...more
Jenny Moreno
After reading this I'm fairly certain he is not "clean". He says he's just an alcoholic and doesn't do the hard stuff, but I question that. Not that it matters, but still. It really was just a short book of his ramblings...the time lines go all over the place and the over all flow of the book is a bit chaotic. It's hard to believe he wrote this with the assistance of an author that has such a long list of biographies under his belt. I'm disappointed in a lot of ways, yet I couldn't stop reading. ...more
Jun 01, 2011 Allison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non, rock
It's strange to call a book about rock and roll and drug addictions "fluffy," but that's exactly what this book was to me. I was expecting some deep secrets, or even deep revelations like Weiland's ex-wife's book, Fall to Pieces. Instead it just seemed like fast-forwarding through an episode of Behind the Music. It was well-written, the photographs were interesting, and it was enlightening to learn the stories behind the songs. Besides that, I wouldn't recommend this book except to hardcore fans ...more
May 19, 2011 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been a huge fan of STP, and especially Scott Weiland since the mid-90's.

The book is okay, and gives you some insight to the lyrics of certain songs, but really seems to gloss over most of his life.

Interestingly, I read the entire book in one day. Most of the pages are half-pages, and there are lots of pictures and black pages sprinkled throughout the book.

I would probably recommend his ex-wife's book more than his.
Jul 28, 2011 Sandee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a huge fan of both STP and Scott Weiland himself, I loved this book and couldn't put it down. The open, honest, no-excuses way he leads his life was enlightening, and told much about his struggles with sobriety and relationships. He writes with a beautiful poetic prose and includes photographs and lyrics with each chapter.
Carla Karp
Aug 19, 2011 Carla Karp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll. Loved it. It gave me a glimpse into the mind of one of my favorite musicians.
Louie Verile JR.
Quick and fun
An informative, must read for Stone Temple Pilots fans, especially since it's actually quite short when you take into consideration the font size, spacing, and photographs.

Scott Weiland, the lead singer of the Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, and performer on a few solo albums (one, "12 Bar Blues," that is quite weird but good), wrote this with another writer, of course, but it reads like Scott. By that, I mean it reads like his lyrics: strange, up to interpretation due to its brevity and
I'm a massive Scott Weiland fan, but it pains me to say this is not a very good autobiography. Chances are, if you're not a Weiland fan going into this, you're not coming out a Weiland fan. While it is interesting, it's biggest problem is it's way too brief. Scott has been the frontman to some of the biggest rock and alternative outfits in modern music and yet some of these chapters are summed up in the briefest are paragraphs.
Aug 04, 2016 Damon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bios-autobios
Not Dead and Not For Sale, referred to by the late Weiland as his "Earthling Memoirs", is Scott Weiland's take on the events of his life growing up, forming the Stone Temple Pilots, and touring with supergroup Velvet Revolver, as well as the trials of his various relationships and his battle with drugs -- something which sadly led to the end of his life in 2015.

It's a decent memoir as far as memoirs go, and it's nice to hear Weiland's take on things, which he disclaimed as not necessarily being
Merry Miller moon
My opinion of this book can pretty much be summed up by Scott Weiland's expression on the cover page. Go ahead, take a look at the cover again, I'll wait. SPOILERS AHEAD! Stop reading right now if you don't want any spoilers. This book is written by Weiland along with David Ritz. Basically Weiland is writing in a journal sort of way. It is called 'The Earthling Papers'. Weiland discusses his childhood, growing up with his mother and step-father, and brother in Cleveland and spending summers with ...more
Jan 31, 2013 Mina rated it liked it
Well it has been awhile since i indulged in my longtime favorite genre of memoirs and I breezed through this one in a day. I continue to be fascinated with where people come from and how they get to where they are in life. Sort of typical rock star story but get the sense that Mr. Weiland (like many highly creative types) is not only a hopeless romantic but finds some twisted comfort in the dark shadows of this realm.


~ Mary Ann was my first type A girlfriend: the first girl to hit m
Sep 19, 2016 Dana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just so terribly sad.
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Scott Richard Weiland (born Scott Richard Kline; October 27, 1967 – December 3, 2015) was an American musician, singer and songwriter. During a career spanning three decades, Weiland was best known as the lead singer of the band Stone Temple Pilots from 1989 to 2013, as well as the supergroup Velvet Revolver from 2003 to 2008. He also established himself as a solo artist, releasing two studio albu ...more
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“I see love, like art, as an obsession. Maybe that's an overly romantic view of human existence, but I'm an overly romantic human being. If love, like rock and roll, doesn't consume me 24-7, it's not love. It can be respect, appreciation, admiration, wonderment, it can be a world of glory and a lifetime of peace, but I can't call it love. Love burns me and confuses me. Love's a light that can't be extinguished.” 23 likes
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