Alice in Chains: The Untold Story (Thomas Dunne Books) is not a book that could have been published a couple of decades ago. Aside from the obvious — events unfolding — the truth was simply too new and raw for anyone to talk about.
Born in the shadow of Seattle grunge-era superstars Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains’ path to stardom was littered with drugs and mishaps, including the death of charismatic lead singer Layne Staley and original bassist Mike Starr.
Alice in Chains: The Untold Story was published on the 25th anniversary of the release of the band’s debut album, Facelift, a date the band celebrated with a summer tour and which also makes the band eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
David de Sola’s biography of the band is sharp, thorough and memorable. Fans of Alice in Chains as well as those who follow grunge and that noteworthy musical era will be well served by Alice in Chains: The Untold Story. ◊