A few years ago, when I was writing the Mental Health Notes blog for b5media, I ran into an old Rolling Stone interview with Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver) in which he talks about his battles with depression and substance abuse how he was finally diagnosed with – and received proper medication for – bipolar disorder.
I was only vaguely aware, though, that his now estranged wife, Mary Weiland, was also dealing with demons of her own – namely, her own drug addiction and bipolar disorder.
According to Roadrunner Records’ Blabbermouth, Mary Weiland’s memoir Fall to Pieces: A Memoir of Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Mental Illness will hit shelves on October 27, 2009, and in it:
“[...] Weiland describes the extreme highs and lows of her life, the volatility of which long hinted at mental illness. Working with acclaimed journalist Larkin Warren, Weiland tells her story with refreshing candor, unflinching detail, and more than a little humor. Reminiscent of celebrity memoirs by Tatum O’Neill, Brooke Shields, and Valerie Bertinelli, Weiland’s story offers a window into the world of modeling and rock ‘n’ roll celebrity while providing deep insights into a serious and misunderstood psychological disorder.”
Comments under the Blabbermouth article aren’t encouraging – most folks seem to think this memoir is a way for Mary to “cash in” on her life’s dramas. Maybe it is, but I’m willing to bet there was a bit more motive behind penning the story.