Alice in Chains: The Untold Story

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by: David de Sola




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Hey everyone long time no post… So, I thought I would check in and just mention some new news on Alice. There was a book recently written called Alice in Chains: The Untold Story by David de Sola.

The author David did approach me to participate like he did a LOT of people so I wasn’t special but at the time.. I was still a lot leary of all the previous book writers so I was just a little sketched out hearing from another one… so I declined an interview. Plus I may want to write my own book someday and I have already shared so much here with you guys which I loved doing by the way… I really enjoyed all the conversations and writing this blog actually really helped me to heal.

Grief is why I originally started this blog and then people started to respond to what I was writing so I wrote more and wow… it helped me so much just sharing about my friends that I lost and having people be genuinely interested..so honestly.. Thanks to you to all who have read this website and I will continue to keep it up as long as people continue to visit it.

This is the first time I’ve posted in 2 years I think…. Crazy how time flies but it also does show how far I have come in my grieving process. I have finally come to terms they’re all gone and I truly believe they’re all at peace and so am I.

Anyway, I have not read this book (or any of the books) yet myself…and not sure I will yet.. but I have talked to a few people on the facebook groups who really supported the book… but this is was also coming from people who didn’t actually know them. So who knows.

So… the jury is out. You guys tell me.. Is it good?

Click below to buy it on Amazon. Leave a comment in the comment section if you’ve already bought it and read it. I’d love to hear what you all think.

Alice in Chains: The Untold Story

Alice in Chains: The Untold Story

 





  1. helene09-17-17

    Why has there not been a movie? I always was à huge fan and grew up in the generation of AIC, pearl Jam etc. Was the best Era musically. I just loved the sound and the passion. I only recently started learning more about Layne and his life of disappointment in people. I mean told your dad is dead and he only comes back when you’re getting famous and to get high with and drugs from. What à kick un the nuts that must have been. Your girlfriend gets you hooked on drugs and she stays on them and won’t get clean with you and then dies, your band mates are frustrated with you and you become more parinoid and with drawn due to drugs. I feel so bad for Layne, and so mad. How could you let yourself melt away? Why did you let all these people effect you this way? Bit as someone who has delta with addiction and is diagnosed with panic / anxiety disorder with depression, ADHD, and hypersensitivity, I know there was any inner struggle that he had. Weither it was to be truly loved, truly appreciated and excepted doesn’t matter. He was in pain and you can hear it in his music. I have read of how his struggle and his death has saved lives over the years, it is touching, but to think he didn’t know how people felt about him or believe it was true is such as shame. He was and still is so much more than an addict, he was human with real human issues. Media can be the death of people and they never should have made Layne feel unloved or unappreciated just because of his struggle. He’s not the first music an to ever use drugs and he won’t be the last. I just believe the world should know that he was more than lyrics, more than just another grunge rock star who overdosed and died. He died alone, no one with him, no one to say it’s ok to let go. No one knew for weeks. I hope and pray with all of my heart that Layne, you have found whatever peace you didn’t have, and that you can finally sleep. Your wings will never be denied anymore

  2. Neil06-15-17

    I really liked the book and it gave me an insight into AIC and all that Seattle scene back then. It looks like there is not a lot new for all those close to it all. I’m the same age as Layne and spent my youth following them from the beginning and loved their music all along. As this was the days before the internet took hold, we’d only get snippets over here in UK in the rock press as to what was happening and Layne’s slow painful demise.

    I never saw them live and vividly remember the disappointment when it turned out they wouldn’t be opening for Metallica in 92

    Hopefully one day there will be a more personal biography from the people really close to him (assuming there will be some left!) . Until then, I think this is a good book and a great read.

  3. mel11-18-16

    Barbara, I really miss your posts. :(

  4. Amanda08-03-16

    Just watched the MTV Unplugged I taped Monday on MTV Classics. Opening with the soulful “Nutshell” just gets me every time. I can’t listen to it without crying.

    • SASSY08-03-16

      That live version gets me every….single….time. I heard no one was sure Layne would even come out and the back up plan was that Jerry would sing everything. Of Jerry was sick with food poisoning.

  5. ik08-02-16

    The only book I would read is a book co-written by Darin Lamb, because he was Layne’s best friend, understood him, and loved him unconditionally, as he says often here. Reading this website has given me so much insight. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  6. St07-18-16

    Bought it and re- sold it on Amazon the same day. He took everything that had to do with Aic from Everybody Loves Our Town and Grunge Is Dead….nothing new….he had some pics I’ve never seen….it wasn’t special to me at all or else it would’ve stayed in my collection.

    • SASSY07-27-16

      Dang….I was thinking about purchasing this.

  7. Cari02-10-16

    I read the book twice and liked it very much.. It was fascinating, interesting, sad, a lot of things.. I think it was well researched and I think de Sola only had the best intentions in writing it. I wish people close to the band would agree to interviews. It may stop everyone speculating on this and that and stop some of the awful rumors. I emailed de Sola to tell him I really enjoyed the book and he actually replied to me, I thought that was cool.

  8. Chris01-06-16

    The book is well-written and well-researched, for sure. The only problem is the availability of people who would go on record to talk to de Sola, which given the shittiniess of previous authors, or those who attempted to write a book (in the case of “Itch”) I don’t blame people for not wanting to talk. I enjoyed it, but probably won’t be re-reading it. Its focus is really on Layne and Mike Starr, primarily on Layne. I’m sure Jerry, Sean and Mike Inez had lawyers going over the manuscript with a fine-tooth comb.
    One of the big takeaways from the book is that Layne was living with Hepatitis C, but it doesn’t make clear when he was diagnosed or if he even knew about it.
    If you do write a book, I’m sure I’d read and re-read it many times!

  9. Jaclyn12-25-15

    I just received it for Xmas I’ll let u all know how it is

  10. g-man12-22-15

    I haven’t read the book, but I did read the chapter one excerpt that anyone can view online. The book does repeat some things about the band’s and Layne’s history that you can read online, or in some of the other books that were written about the Seattle scene; however, it does quote unique sources like Jamie, Jim and Ken Elmer (Layne’s sister, step-father and step-brother). Their information helps provide some context for many things we’ve heard or read in the past. For Example, we knew early on Layne practiced singing to Black Sabbath records and other classic rock bands. The interview with Ken Elmer, Layne’s Step Brother, fills in more detail about this early time in Layne’s Music career, and he provides more specifics as to the What, where, Why and how of Layne practicing his vocals. Apparently both Ken and Layne wanted to be lead singers.

    I will probably purchase the book in the future. So far it seems to express things in a considerate and respectful manner. The chapter I read online seems to focus the camera a little clearer on the band and Layne than we’ve had up to this point.

    As the years pass we should see more books with sources close to the band that can add to the landscape of the lives of AIC and provide us curious life-long fans with a more detailed and accurate history of their careers.

  11. g-man12-21-15

    Thanks for posting, I thought, perhaps, that you may have said what you wanted to say and had abandoned the site. I’m glad to hear from you again.

    You responded to a post I wrote about moving to Seattle in the mid-80s. I talked about how nice the citizens of Seattle where; in fact, people would say hello to you on the streets. I was somewhat stunned at my first experience with this after moving to Seattle, but I truly enjoyed the genuine friendliness and kindness displayed. I have no idea if Seattleites still express this courtesy, since it was invaded by outsiders after the Microsoft boom, and so many transplants now live there. Some day I will go back and visit my old haunts, and remind myself of all the great living I did there. Seattle in the 80s, for me, was emphatically the best place I ever lived.
    I appreciated your reaction to my post. I don’t remember where it is on the site since it has been so long, but it’s in here somewhere.

    Anywho, I would encourage you to take on the project, when you are ready, of writing about your friends Layne, Demri, Mike, Rosheen, your participation in the music scene, etc. When you are ready, and your looking for an editor, I would love to help, free of charge. (That’s my shameless plug.)

    And, this site is the most heartfelt and honest representation of those wonderfully creative, and selfless givers of talent,musicians, and artist anywhere in the vast and uncharted frontier of the internet. Sounds like we all need to boldly go where no one has gone before!

  12. Lisa12-16-15

    Thank you so much for the website. I’ve been looking at info around the internet and wondering which stories were true. My husband Joe and I loved listening to AIC. He died of Alcohol abuse at 44 and there are a lot of similarities to our relationship and theirs and birthdates (cool and freaky).

  13. Sarah12-09-15

    Hey babz! ;-) glad to see U updated on here. For my two cents, no I didn’t read it but I would if I came across it at a library or goodwill or something. I agree with raven (above comments^^) that it seems to be another interview book with the same old info but I’ve also heard good things about it, in that this author wrote with credible resources and direct quotes which is more than any of the other books. I also agree with Raven’s comment about how it’d be AMAZEBALLS if YOU wrote a book. Maybe sometime in the future if u get to that point, although from what I know of U, you’ve sort of said/implied that a lot of it is private and U haven’t seen the need to put it all down on paper ( at least in book form ). Maybe that’ll change and maybe not. Either way I love Ya! Thanks for posting. Xoxox

  14. Katie12-09-15

    This book by DeSola is the only book I’ve ever read about AIC, as I heard the rest were crap and untrue. I read that book in a day. To me, it was clear that he did some pretty thorough research, and there were lots of things mentioned that I, as a huge fan, didn’t know. I enjoyed it very much. I didn’t know them personally as you did, Barbara, but I think you’d like the book should you choose to read it. I really hope one day you do decide to write your own book, because as someone who knew them well, you’d not only have facts, but really wonderful memories to add. I sincerely hope you do read it. And if you read it, and some of the facts are untrue, you’d be given the opportunity to set things straight. But I thought it was a great book. Much love and hugs to you! I love this page! I read it over and over all the time!

  15. Raven12-09-15

    Barbara! You’re back! Great to see you posting again. I have had this book on my Wishlist since it was announced but I’ll tell you why I haven’t read it yet–I’m tired of hearing from people who weren’t there. As a fan, I feel as though we have enough “interview” style books. I want one written by the bands themselves or at least people who were there and/or had a vested interest in the story. I’ll wait until one of you guys (hint, hint) writes a book.

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