A Memoir Of Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll, And Mental Illness
On Sale: November 1, 2009
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In March 2007, twenty-four hours after Mary Weiland dragged
her husband Scott's pricey rock-star wardrobe onto their
driveway and torched it, she was locked up in a mental
hospital. Watching all this were her frightened extended
family, a conflicted husband wrestling with demons of his
own, and a tabloid industry gone gleeful at the "Bonfire in
To the outside world, Weiland had led what seemed to be an
enviable life. A successful international model in the
nineties, she married her longtime sweetheartâ€”famed lead
singer of Stone Temple Pilots and, later, Velvet Revolver,
Scott Weilandâ€”in 2000. Mary was the sane one, went the
storyâ€”it was the tempestuous, unpredictable Scott who was
crazy. In her gripping memoir Fall to Pieces, Mary Weiland
reveals that the truth is somewhere in between.
From her earliest days in San Diego, Weiland displayed signs
of trouble: a black depression that sometimes left her
immobile for days, a temper that sent her into wild rages
she didn't understand, an overdose. But her fierce
determination to "have more" led to early success as a
model. At sixteen, she fell in love at first sight with
Scott Weiland, then an aspiring musician who was hired to
drive her to and from modeling gigs. Slowly, her casual
relationship with beer and pot grew into an affair with
cocaine and heroin that rivaled her love for Scott, who was
addicted as well.
From rehab to rehab, from breakup to reconciliation to
eventual marriage, the couple fought their way back,
welcomed the babies they'd dreamed of, and hoped their
struggles were behind them. Then came the bonfire breakdown
and the full onset of Mary's bipolar disorder, a widely
misunderstood and misdiagnosed mental illness that affects
more than five million Americans and had been, in fact,
stalking Mary Weiland since her teens.
With refreshing candor, innate comic timing, and earned
wisdom, Weiland recounts the extreme highs and lows of her
life, including an unforgettable love affair with the man
she always knew she'd marry, the careers and rock tours that
took them around the world, and her fight to finally come to
grips with the addictions that could have killed her. In her
journey to understand and manage her bipolar disorder, she
takes the reader on a wild ride into the dark and back into
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