Scott Weiland’s “I’m Not Dead and I’m Not For Sale”
Whereas some rock star autobiographies go into explicit detail about the easy groupies of past and present, bizarre drug-fueled shenanigans and ultimately how they have since changed for the better (whether it’s true or not), Scott Weiland only scratches the surface of his true self, limiting our glimpse into his guarded heart. A heart that loves music, God, and love itself. A heart that longs for security, stability and family, and one that deals with loss, guilt and heartbreak.
The one disappointment for some fans who might read I’m Not Dead and I’m Not For Sale is that we never really get inside Weiland’s head. He admits that he is still a work in progress and you can tell by reading his book that some wounds are still fresh and might well always be. I’d say his book was more like therapy for him. Pieces of his art are showcased throughout the book and much of the book contains explanations to the lyrics of his very well known songs. He tries to make sense of failed past relationships but sadly never really seems to have closure.
What you do learn about Scott Weiland is that he is a real person, sensitive and loving, regretful yet strong and his battles are daily. You learn he is a romantic yet unable to give 100% of himself for fear of loss and commitment.
I’m Not Dead and I’m Not For Sale is full of photos of Scott throughout his lifetime and is a rather quick read. A must for any true Weiland fan.
From Weiland himself: “This memoir took me unknowingly to new highs and new and uncharted lows … I’ve felt deflated and elated to dig through the maze that it my mind and soul.”