We are now two months to the day from the release of Alice in Chains: The Untold Story. One bit of news about the book I am pleased to announce: it was included in the “Summer’s Music Must-Reads” list in the new issue of Billboard magazine which came out last week. The article is behind a paywall, but here’s a scan:
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Tags: Alice in Chains, Billboard, Books, Grunge, Jerry Cantrell, Layne Staley, Mike Inez, Mike Starr, Music, Sean Kinney, Seattle, William DuVall
Tags: Alice in Chains, Books, Duff McKagan, Grunge, Jerry Cantrell, Layne Staley, Mike Inez, Mike Starr, Music, Pop Culture, Sean Kinney, Seattle, William DuVall
As the August 4 publication date for Alice In Chains: The Untold Story approaches, several people have discovered this site or my book for the first time within the past several days and weeks. I thought I would take advantage of the opportunity to (re)introduce myself and my previous work about Alice in Chains to date, and address recent developments and some of the feedback I’ve received so far.
First, I have no knowledge of or involvement with a possible Alice in Chains book by Duff McKagan. Beyond that, I won’t comment on it until I’ve had an opportunity to read it, if it should come to pass. I would also refer you to this recent tweet from Duff himself:
Second, several people have contacted me and told me they’ve already pre-ordered the book. I am profoundly thankful to each and every one of you for spending your hard-earned money on the unreleased first book of an unknown author, and for your trust. It means a great deal to me.
Several others have contacted me to ask questions about the book or to express their skepticism, such as if the band members were involved with the book (they weren’t), or asking why they should buy it, or telling me I shouldn’t expect people to buy it just because it’s about Alice in Chains. All of these questions and critiques are valid, and I will address them as best as I can for the time being.
I am well aware of the fact Alice in Chains and their fans have been burned by other writers in the past, so I can understand these questions and doubts you have about me. I can’t say anything about what’s in my book until it’s out, but I can refer you to my background and my body of work. In particular, I would refer you to this story I filed for The Atlantic several years ago, which I think is the best example of how I write and put together a story. Although it is about a very different subject, try to imagine a book length version of that story about Alice in Chains. If I felt I couldn’t write something about the band of that quality or better, I wouldn’t have done it, or I would have abandoned the project.
If you still have questions or doubts, I would say wait until the book is out and skim through it at your local bookstore, and make up your own mind if you think it’s worth buying/reading or not. I’m happy and confident in how it came out after three years of hard work and I am eagerly looking forward to everyone finally getting an opportunity to read it.
Tags: Alice in Chains, Grunge, Layne Staley, Music, Seattle
Tags: Alice in Chains, Books, Grunge, Jerry Cantrell, Layne Staley, Mike Inez, Mike Starr, Music, Sean Kinney, William DuVall
It’s been a while since I posted anything about my Alice in Chains biography. Here’s something to start off 2015:
The Book Is DONE: I’m reviewing a hard copy of the manuscript (pictured above) for final edits and changes. Once that’s finished, that will be the final version that goes to the presses for mass production and publication.
More updates to come in the weeks and months ahead… I look forward to getting the book out there and for people to have the opportunity to read it. Best wishes to all of you for 2015…
Tags: Alice in Chains, Grunge, In Memoriam, Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, Music, Nirvana, Pop Culture, Seattle
Today marks the 20th and 12th anniversaries of the deaths of Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley. Take some time to reflect on them, their music, and their individual legacies.
- Here We Are Now: Seattle rock journalist Charles R. Cross’s retrospective/analysis of the enduring legacy of Cobain’s too short life and career.
- Kurt Cobain Remembered 20 Years After His Death: The Associated Press speaks to Arcade Fire’s Win Butler, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Beck and Neil Young.
- 10 Reasons Kurt Cobain Wasn’t Murdered: In case you find yourself arguing with a conspiracy theorist.
- MTV’s Breaking News Coverage of Cobain’s death, April 8, 1994:
- How Alice in Chains Found the Most Memorable Voice in Grunge: A short retrospective I wrote for the Atlantic about Layne’s voice and talent for the tenth anniversary of his death.
- The Last Days of Layne Staley: An article by Charles R. Cross published a few months after Layne’s death, which gives some insight into his later years.
- Layne’s obituary: Published by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer after his body was found on April 19, 2002.
- Layne’s last live performance, July 3, 1996:
Beyond these links and videos, if you want to know more about both of them and the broader Seattle scene in general, I would highly recommend reading Greg Prato’s Grunge Is Dead and Mark Yarm’s Everybody Loves Our Town.
Tags: Alice in Chains, Grunge, Jerry Cantrell, Layne Staley, Man in the Box, Mike Inez, Mike Starr, Music, Sean Kinney, Seattle, William DuVall
Paul Rachman, the director of Alice in Chains‘ breakout “Man in the Box” video, has posted this photo on Twitter of him with the titular character from the video. According to another tweet by Rachman, the character was played by a friend named Rezin.
You can view Rezin in all his creepy glory at the end of the video:
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There have been some developments regarding the Alice in Chains project I’ve been working on for nearly two years. I recently signed a deal with a publisher. Here’s the official announcement, it ran in Publisher’s Marketplace yesterday (it’s behind a paywall, text is pasted below):
July 9, 2013
Journalist David de Sola’s TOUCH ON THE DARK, the first and only biography on the band Alice In Chains, promising countless never-before reported stories on the band with exclusive access to producers, journalists, musicians, and many others who have never gone on the record about their time working with the band, to Rob Kirkpatrick at Thomas Dunne Books, by Anthony Mattero at Foundry Literary + Media (NA).
In the meantime, work on the project continues. We are hoping for a late 2014/early 2015 release.
Update: For visitors who have questions about me, I would recommend they read about my background and look at some of my previous work from over the years.
Even though it’s completely unrelated to Alice in Chains, if you want a general idea of how I’m writing the book, I would recommend reading The Man Who Volunteered for Auschwitz.