By David de Sola
Alice in Chains have been one of the loudest voices out of Seattle. They have been iconic pioneers who combined grunge and steel in ways in which proceed to persuade today's artists, and theirs is a narrative of labor, self-destruction, emerging from the ashes, and wearing on a long-lasting legacy.
Four years after their first assembly at a warehouse less than Seattle's Ballard Bridge, Alice in Chains grew to become the 1st of grunge's massive 4 - sooner than Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden - to get a gold checklist and accomplish nationwide attractiveness. With the charismatic Layne Staley in the back of the microphone, they turned essentially the most influential and winning bands to return out of the Seattle track scene. yet because the band acquired larger, so did their problems.
Acclaimed journalist David de Sola delves underneath the secrecy, gossip, and rumor surrounding the band to inform their complete tale for the 1st time. according to a wealth of interviews with those who have direct wisdom of the band, many talking at the list for the first actual time, de Sola explores how medicinal drugs approximately destroyed them and claimed the lives of Staley and founding bassist Mike Starr, follows Jerry Cantrell's solo occupation and Mike Starr's lifestyles after being fired from the band, and chronicles the band's resurrection with new lead singer William DuVall.
From their nameless struggles to topping the charts with hits like "Would?," "Man within the Box," and "Rooster," Alice in Chains finds the individuals of the band no longer as caricatures of rock stars yet as magnificent, nuanced, and mistaken people whose years of exertions resulted in the likely in a single day luck that modified the track scene ceaselessly.
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