The Book of Drugs by Mike Doughty
A Memoir

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Mike Doughty first came to prominence as the leader of the band Soul Coughing then did an abrupt sonic left turn, much to the surprise of his audience, transforming into a solo performer of stark, dusky, but strangely hopeful tunes. He battled addiction, gave up fame when his old band was at the height of its popularity, drove thousands of miles, alone, across America, with just an acoustic guitar. His candid, hilarious, self-lacerating memoir, The Book of Drugs—featuring cameos by Redman, Ani DiFranco, the late Jeff Buckley, and others—is the story of his band’s rise and bitter collapse, the haunted and darkly comical life of addiction, and the perhaps even weirder world of recovery.
 

About Mike Doughty

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Mike Doughty is a musician and prolific blogger. Among other publications, he has written articles for the New York Press, Paper, and Village Voice. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published January 10, 2012 by Da Capo Press. 258 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Yet there’s also something desperately exhibitionist about Doughty’s willingness to recount in brutally frank detail even the most miserable experiences with drugs, groupies, itinerant girlfriends and prostitutes.

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Doughty is brutally honest about life as an addict, as he describes his transition from a cigarette smoker and pothead to a junkie (who takes two hours to walk to the ATM machine) and a drunk who had to sip the first drink of the day while it sat on the bar because his hands shook so much.

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“Miraculously, however, there isn’t an ounce of self-pity in the book. Instead, Mr. Doughty proceeds with a healthy mix of objectivity and irony. . . . The result is a satisfying, moving, and at times hilarious study of drug addiction, the music industry, and, above all, the cacophonous jangle of...

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The fact that you’re even reading this review implies that you are somewhat acquainted and even, perhaps, interested with the 1990’s rock band Soul Coughing and with the band’s front man, Mike Doughty, whose memoir, The Book of Drugs, is no great work of literature or even biography.

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Portland Book Review

I bet you will find something that will interest you wp.me/P2DwkQ-bv0 5 stars for a cleverly devised mystery set in PDX a must read for the tween reader in your family wp.me/p2DwkQ-cmT http://t.co/FN0NuUFC Mike Doughty’s adventurous memoir in The Book of Drugs covers all the topics expecte...

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Austin Chronicle

A couple of years ago, Mike Doughty came on my KUT-FM radio show and declined to talk about fronting Soul Coughing.

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When asked the potential of a reunion with his former band mates, Doughty would reply “F%@K no.” Doughty accomplishes painting the picture of the lifestyle no one wants to talk about in the music industry, or for that matter, in Hollywood.

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