Two weeks since its release, a recurring critique I’ve read online about my book is that it is too Layne-centric.  I think it’s a valid point, and thought it would be worth explaining my creative/editorial process for why I wrote it the way that I did. By the time I started working on the book…

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A lot happens in four years: a presidential term, an Olympic Games or World Cup, a high school or college education, and a leap year. Almost four years after I started working on it, as of today Alice in Chains: The Untold Story is a reality, available in hard cover and e-book editions. It’s a…

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A frequent critique of myself or the book I’ve read online in recent days – usually by people who haven’t read it – is that the book wasn’t authorized by the band, or that I didn’t interview the band members.  My lack of access wasn’t for my lack of trying over the course of three…

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A few people have asked me in recent days about a story that was in the news a few months ago. 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…

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On May 1, 1987, Alice ‘N Chains was the first act of a three-band bill at the Tacoma Little Theatre, a local community theatre in the neighboring city of Tacoma approximately thirty-five miles south of Seattle.  Though they are sometimes confused with Alice in Chains, they were two entirely different bands who had the same…

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The “For Lease” signs in the windows don’t offer any hint of the historical significance of the property at 207 Second Avenue South, just a short walk from Seattle’s Pioneer Square and CenturyLink Field. In May of 1983, it opened its doors as the Metropolis, the short-lived but highly influential all ages club. Among the…

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Today is the twenty-seventh anniversary of the Seattle Police Department raiding the Music Bank as part of its investigation into the massive marijuana growing operation taking place next door. (NOTE: The $30 million figure in the title of this post is from an estimate Seattle PD gave to at least one reporter after the raid.)…

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My book isn’t scheduled for release until August 4, but for those of you that want a sneak peek, there are now two excerpts of the book out there for your reading pleasure: My publisher, Thomas Dunne Books, has posted Chapter 1 online in its entirety. Guitar World magazine optioned a chapter of the book,…

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Alice in Chains: The Untold Story 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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