The Harder They Fall by Gary Stromberg
Celebrities Tell Their Real-Life Stories of Addiction and Recovery

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Updated with photos and new interviews.

The heady, drug-induced decades of the sixties and seventies provide the backdrop for this all-star account of addiction and recovery. Among the celebrities interviewed by Gary Stromberg for The Harder They Fall are comedian Richard Lewis; musicians Alice Cooper, Grace Slick, Dr. John, and Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night); actors Malcolm McDowell and Mariette Hartley; Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Franz Wright; writer Anne Lamott; and athletes Doc Ellis and Gerry Cooney. The good news? All are recovering and leading lives of extraordinary accomplishment.

"My own disease would like to tell you that my 'isms' are now my 'wasims.' But as this book reads, it's an ongoing process that leads to the sweetest spirituality. My hat's off and great kudos to those who share their story like it is for those of us who still need to hear it." -Steven Tyler - Aerosmith

"Read this book! Here are the real winners in life. The best and the brightest with devastating illnesses, living clean, sober, confident, happy lives. If you want to know about alcoholism and addiction and how to get "weller than well," read this book." Capt. Ronald E. Smith - Chairman of the Dept. of Psychiatry, National Naval Medical Center and for twelve years the Psychiatric Consultant to the U S Congress

"Here are the stories of twenty-one celebrities who had everything until their abusive chemicals showed them that, at the bottom, they had nothing at all. These pioneers in the modern drug abuse epidemic eventually each found their way into recovery, even redemption. These inspiring stories tell of the joy of finding a way of being that is more precious than fame and fortune." Robert L. DuPont, M.D. - White House Drug Czar for President Nixon and Ford (1973 to 1977), author of The Selfish Brain

 

About Gary Stromberg

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Gary Stromberg is a successful businessman in recovery. HGary Stromberg is a successful businessman in recovery. He cofounded a music PR firm and serves on the board of Posite cofounded a music PR firm and serves on the board of Positive Directions. Jane Merrill coauthored "The Harder They ive Directions. Jane Merrill coauthored "The Harder They Fall with Gary Stromberg. Fall with Gary Stromberg. Jane Merrill has written articles about art, style and popular history for dozens of magazines, including Cosmopolitan, The New Republic, Redbook, and The Christian Science Monitor. She is the author of books on child rearing, relationships, and beauty.
 
Published July 20, 2010 by Hazelden. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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The celebrities interviewed here—from Ann Lamott to Alice Cooper—are all in recovery from addictions to alcohol or drugs that originated in the 1960s and '70s.

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In The Harder They Fall, a new collection of stories of celebrity addiction and recovery, writers Gary Stromberg and Jane Merrill take readers through the spinning, drug-induced decades of the '60s and '70s.

Mar 12 2005 | Read Full Review of The Harder They Fall: Celebri...

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