From his beginnings as a student at Edison High School in Huntington Beach to performing for millions with his band Stone Temple Pilots, Scott Weiland was always a bigger-than life personality.
There were few rock frontmen who commanded an audience and generated as many headlines as Weiland. Despite fronting another successful band, Velvet Revolver, and issuing his own critically acclaimed solo albums, Weiland could not overcome his demons, passing away in 2015 (at the age of 48).
With such classic releases as Core, Purple and Tiny Music…Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop selling millions and spawning countless hits (“Sex Type Thing,” “Plush,” “Creep,” “Vasoline,” “Interstate Love Song,” “Big Empty,” “Big Bang Baby,” etc.), STP is now widely considered one of rock’s all-time great acts.
Scott Weiland: Memories of a Rock Star by Greg Prato features nearly 30 all-new interviews conducted exclusively for this book, including members of bands that toured with STP such as Megadeth, Meat Puppets, Blind Melon, and more.
The book also features interviews with Scott’s autobiographer co-author David Ritz, video directors Kevin Kerslake and Josh Taft, producer/engineer Chris Goss, as well as others including Richard Patrick, Bob Forrest, Matt Pinfield, and Eddie Trunk.
Prato is a Long Island, New York-based journalist, who has written for Rolling Stone, and has authored such books as A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon, Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music, Too High to Die: Meet the Meat Puppets, and Survival of the Fittest: Heavy Metal in the 1990’s. Scott Weiland: Memories of a Rock Star is Prato’s 18th book overall.
In an excerpt from the book, music journalist Brett Buchanan writes: I think he was the best melodic singer of that generation. A lot of people try and pinpoint, “Oh, this is the best singer, this is the best frontman,” and they say, “Kurt Cobain was the voice of his generation.” But to me, Scott was by far the best melody creator in the last 25 years. And that’s a big thing about Scott – every single one of his songs was catchy. And I can’t say that about a lot of other ’90s artists… or artists, period. So that’s one of the basic things that drew me to him.
Scott Weiland: Memories of a Rock Star is available on paperback (294 pages, $19.99), Kindle ($9.99), Nook ($9.99), and iBook ($9.99).
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