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Unchained: The Story of Mike Starr and His Rise and Fall in Alice in Chains Paperback – Jan 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Xanadu Enterprises (January 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0933638108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0933638105
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,425,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Gives the readers the inside story of the [musician's] meteoric rise to stardom and the pitfalls along the way." -- IconoFAN News, April 12, 2001

About the Author

JOHN BRANDON has been a television and newspaper reporter since 1987. For the last four years he has been a news anchor/producer/reporter with NBC-TV affiliates in Illinois and Nebraska. He has considered Alice In Chains to be "One of the greatest bands he's ever heard" since 1991. He met Mike Starr in 1998 while working on a short film and the two began the "Unchained..." book project in December 1999. John calls St. Louis his hometown.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Derek Braun on March 13 2003
Format: Paperback
First off, I need to start by simply saying that the writing in this novel is subpar. As someone else put it "My 8 year old can write better than this."
Now, it's one thing to have bad writing skills, and it's another to publish pure rubbish. I am a huge alice in chains fan, but this book paints Mike Starr out to be a self-indulged, whiny, washed up rocker on drugs. It's apparent that throughout the book he takes numerous shots at both Layne and Jerry, and critising the whole band after he "left" AiC (He actually quit, and then wanted to come back, and AiC was like "no way man").
It's a poor read, and I wouldn't even feel comfortable suggesting it to other hardcore AiC fans. There's a lot of mudslinging and name calling, and a real dissapointment.
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I got seriously involved in Alice In Chains when I turned that specific age in my life where nothin matters, I think it's called "Adolescence", but now, having owned almost every type of memorobilia about the band, I anxiously awaited the release of this book. I felt it would be an overview of only Mike, but you can tell from reading that it is so much more than just that. It tells of the other members, including both bassists, and how it has changed the members' lives in the road paved by the band. But what will shock you about this book is the recurring references to the drug called "heroin". Some, in reading, have called it incomplete and disorganized, and in some senses, it is. But if you read the book with an open mind and try to understand what is being said, you will find it is much more than just a story about a classic "time-bomb band". It is a story of a musician's rise and fall in a band, long story short. The book's layout is not "bad", it's just very complicated and often hard to understand. This book can be read in one of those long rainy evenings (seemingly how it is supposed to be read), but it can be one of those books to read a little and think about. The other reviews on amazon help to better judge the purchase of the book, but I recommend getting it. It's not a five-star book in my opinion, but it is a very intimiate and internal view of the band from a member's standpoint.
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I read this along with Angry Chair, another worthless bio piece on AIC. There is absolutely nothing in this book that held my interest. Let me save you some money: Mike Starr rose to fame in AIC, played a lot of shows, had sex with a lot of women, tried heroin, got hooked, quit AIC, tried to get back in the next day, was denied, spent the next decade trying to kick heroin. The end. The author's writing isnt as bad as the Angry Chair's author, but he definitely should not wait for the Nobel committee to call. He also made lots of historical mistakes about bands like Pearl Jam was Mother Love Bone with a new singer and then Mad Season was Pearl Jam with Layne Staley on vocals. I'm not even a hardcore fan of these bands and I know he's wrong. He also quoted Starr mentioning "Ingve Nomstein." How can you write a book about metal and not know the name of everyone's favorite cheesy metal guitar hero Yngwie Malmsteen?
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I have been a fan of Alice In Chains since they first came out. It's a shame Michael Starr really blew it so badly...but thank God he was replaced by a real bass player. All in all, this book is definitely worth reading. I found out what really happened to Layne Staley (the book predicted his death) and Jerry Cantrell (I hear he's now with Roadrunner Records...who in the world are they? and why was he shut out of Sony?) but who really cares about Michael Starr. It is definitely inside and accurate and if you're a serious fan I recommend it...otherwise, go read about Jim Morrison or Motley Crue. I'm glad someone published this. It looks sort of half-ass...coming from a serious drug addict and a tv news reporter but I'm sure it was difficult to pull out of Starr and his messed up mind and get it so convincingly. Where is Starr now...in some gutter somewhere?
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