The first definitive biography of the seminal Seattle grunge band. AiC perfectly blended the wailing vocals of metal with the deep grooves of alternative rock and broke big before people knew what Teen Spirit smelled like. The author dives deep into the history of the first incarnation of the band via hundreds of interviews with dozens of those who knew the band best. Most of the pages are devoted to Layne Staley's years fronting AiC, although there is nice epilouge giving well deserved praise to William DuVall, who took over vocal duties after Staley's rock'n'roll exile and eventual drug related demise. — Chris Linendoll
The first comprehensive biography of Alice In Chains from its genre-forging years on the hard edge of grunge to the tragic death of lead singer Layne Staley and the band's comeback.
Alice in Chains were among the loudest voices out of Seattle. They were iconic pioneers who mixed grunge and metal in ways that continue to influence today's artists, and theirs is a story of hard work, self-destruction, rising from the ashes, and carrying on a lasting legacy.
Four years after their first meeting at a warehouse under Seattle's Ballard Bridge, Alice in Chains became 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 their problems.
Acclaimed journalist David de Sola delves beneath the secrecy, gossip, and rumor surrounding the band to tell their full story for the first time. Based on a wealth of interviews with people who have direct knowledge of the band, many speaking on the record for the very first time, de Sola explores how drugs nearly destroyed them and claimed the lives of Staley and founding bassist Mike Starr, follows Jerry Cantrell's solo career and Mike Starr's life after being fired from the band, and chronicles the band's resurrection with new lead singer William DuVall.
From their anonymous struggles to topping the charts with hits like "Would?," "Man in the Box," and "Rooster," Alice in Chains reveals the members of the band not as caricatures of rock stars but as brilliant, nuanced, and flawed human beings whose years of hard work led to the seemingly overnight success that changed the music scene forever.
David de Sola is a journalist with experience working at CNN, 60 Minutes, and Reuters. His work has also been published in The Atlantic, The Huffington Post and other print and online publications.
As a journalist, he has covered a range of stories including WikiLeaks, the War on Terrorism, the 2004 presidential elections, and the CIA leak investigation. He has filed stories from five foreign countries on two continents.
He has a B.A. in history from Tufts University, a M.A. in print journalism from the University of Southern California, and a M.A. in security studies from Georgetown University. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.
David is the author of Alice in Chains: The Untold Story.