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Alice in Chains was 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 its problems. Acclaimed journalist David de Sola follows the members from their inauspicious beginnings at a warehouse under the Ballard Bridge through the history of the band, charting:

The local hair metal scene in Seattle during the 1980s.

How drugs nearly destroyed the band and claimed the lives of Staley and founding bassist Mike Starr.

Jerry Cantrell's solo career and Mike Starr's life after being fired from the band.

The band's resurrection with William DuVall, the Atlanta singer/guitarist who stepped into Layne Staley's shoes.

Based on a wealth of interviews with people with direct knowledge of the band and its history, many of whom are speaking on the record for the first time, Alice in Chains will stand as the definitive Alice in Chains biography for years to come.

©2015 David de Sola (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Best Aic book available

Amazingly well researched, covers everything from the late 80s to 2014. would recommend to any grunge fans

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Better Title: 'The Layne Staley Story'

This is a decent attempt at a biography - considering it's being written by a Graduate Journalism student without the cooperation of band members or Layne Staley's family. David de Sola relies heavily on previously published exposés and interviews with peripheral figures (former teachers, highschool acquaintances, old girlfriends, and assorted hangers-on - A&R people, video directors, roadies, etc) for his exploration of a fascinating band. Despite those drawbacks, however, de Sola puts together a nicely-planned and nicely-executed chronicle of how Alice in Chains was formed, signed, promoted, managed, and eventually reformed. Less fortunately, it includes a ton of focus on iterations of the band through high school and 'Battle Of The Bands' competitions/side projects and contains only passing information on Sean Kinney, Mike Starr, Mike Inez, or even central band founder Jerry Cantrell. It feels somewhat incomplete from that perspective. This book is really about the maturing of Staley into an iconic frontman, his baffling disappearance from the public eye in 1996, his descent into a drug-addiction hell, and a tragic, obscure, lonely death in 2002.

Sebastian York turns in a professional - if unspectacular - reading performance on this audiobook project. His diction is clear, his tone is commendable, and his timbre is notable. His pacing is slightly off, but corrected by increasing playback speed to 1.10X. I would listen to York again.

I bought this book when it was offered as a Daily Deal and it was easily worth my $4.95. But I would spend a credit if I were a big fan of Layne Staley (and hungry for every conceivable tidbit I could find on AiC).
Despite drawbacks, I rate this biographical effort a solid 7.5 stars out of 10. Perhaps someday band members and involved family will be more comfortable discussing the ups and downs of this pivotal 'Seattle Sound' band, but for now this book focussing on Layne Staley is the best compilation of information available.. it's worth your Credit.

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The Story Should have stayed Untold

All of the information was second hand, no one from the band wanted anything to do with this project. There was so much filler material to make the story seem beefier but you can research everything yourself from interviews and draw your own conclusions.

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Good look into one of the Seattle powerhouse group

As one of the first bands to bring the Seattle music scene to the mainstream. This book gives a pretty good account of events. Mostly based on Lane’s troubles it does in detail give a pretty good account of the history of AIC.

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Great listen

Been looking for a Alice in Chains book for a while. Glad I came across this. Great listen

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Excellent book.

This is an excellent book with alot of unknown information. Sad story indeed. May Layne Staley rest in peace.

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  • Steve
  • 2015-10-21

Kick ass

I do not care if this was unauthorized or not. You can tell that the author respects the band and the people discussed in the book.

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  • Max pavlovich
  • 2017-09-24

Depressing, sad listen but not the authors fault

Hard to listen through most of it, love Alice In Chains but what a waste of human life. Beyond Jerry they were all just throwing away their lives and couldn't fix it. Author did well, just can't make a good listen to people throwing away a life most dream of and literally killing themselves.

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  • Peter M. Romero
  • 2017-06-20

Focused on the wrong things

The Writing was not great.... focused way too much on secondary figures while glossing over the making of the hit records and the processes behind them. Also spent time bashing another author that nobody cares about. An editor would have helped focus this author on the story of Alice.... not on the story of some random drug user in a random band.

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  • Rob
  • 2016-12-23

Disappointing!!!!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I imagine someone who wasn't a real fan and doesn't mind a horrible narration filled with non sensical BS. The author reaches too far right past the real story but damn you'll learn the DOB of some inconsequential character. And for good measure the "voice" is annoying.

What was most disappointing about David de Sola’s story?

Too much information that has no merit being there. Scattered. Start stop Brake Pedal reverse, brake and pedal It's like riding with a 16 yo learning how to drive. I have heard the very members speak differently about the basics of the band's history.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sebastian York?

Anyone who wasn't trying so very hard to come off as a badass. I really hope that's not how he talks in real life. I don't cast narrators

What character would you cut from Alice in Chains?

Really, Seriously come on that's a trick question. How about David de Sola. Start there. So much doesn't deserve or need to be in the book. Did he have to write a certain amount of words? He vomited all over the pages

Any additional comments?

Don't be teased into a let down

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  • Carmen
  • 2020-02-28

Couldn't listen any longer

Why write a biography without any input from the band? So hard to listen to. Sorry to the author, but I just couldn't get through more than a few chapters. Glad I didn't pay for this one.

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  • boris khasin
  • 2019-06-11

love this band its a very well done biography

its a sad story but its nice to know the actual history of alice in chains. verrry nicely put together

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  • Daniel
  • 2019-01-22

Layne story- not AIC

Coming from an area infested by heroin addicts I have very little sympathy for them . I was very interested in Laynes story but I wanted to know more about the entire band . This book follows Layne 95% of the time . I want to point out that if my band mate was withering away because of a drug I would get physical with him. It seems like his “friends” wanted to be with Layne because of his popularity . The story is fuckin sad. If I was his friend he would have had my foot up his ass a ton of times . As a teenager I not only loved their music but their look was the coolest and Layne was the main reason why. I would have shown him pictures of himself when he was healthy and told him he could have been that again. It’s fuckin sad .

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  • Devin Ferguson
  • 2017-09-26

Needs editing

I felt this was excessively long. Seemed to be lots of unnecessary detail that didn't need to be there. Just my opinion.

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  • Channing P.
  • 2020-05-29

buyers remorse

talking about every mundane subject and person except the band and its members. Boring ok

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-04-29

Disappointing

I love Alice In Chains and was hoping for so much more. This book needs to be edited badly. There is way too much useless info and dates that you don’t need to know. It’s not written well and it lacks flow. It seems like a bunch of articles pieced together with dates. I really hope someone does the band justice and tries again.

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