The Book of Drugs: A Memoir by Mike DoughtyThe Book of Drugs: A Memoir by Mike Doughty

The Book of Drugs: A Memoir

byMike Doughty

Paperback | January 10, 2012

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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.
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.
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Title:The Book of Drugs: A MemoirFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 5.5 × 8.25 × 0.62 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0306818779

ISBN - 13:9780306818776

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Doughty on Drugs I've never thought of Soul Coughing as a band of particularly close friends, but even so the acidic atmosphere prevalent during those three epic albums, Ruby Vroom, Irrestible Bliss and El Oso, as described by front man Mike Doughty himself, comes as a surprise. Doughty describes Soul Coughing as his muse and prison for nearly a decade, and it wasn't until he came clean and sought psychiatric help that he left and the band broke up. The sketches of the early-90s music scene in downtown New York are priceless, with Ani DiFranco and Jeff Buckley making cameo appearances.
Date published: 2013-04-14

Editorial Reviews

Dan’s Hamptons“[A] candid, hilarious, self-lacerating memoir.” Southampton Press, 5/3/12“[A] haunting and darkly comical memoir.” Columbus Alive, 5/9/12“The Book of Drugs presents [Doughty’s] story in the stark honesty and dark humor that have always marked his songs…An immersing read.” The Other Paper, 5/10/12“Full of highly entertaining, squirm-inducing stories.” This Week Community News, 5/10/12“A chronicle of Doughty’s journey through making music for a living and all that came/comes with it.” Durham Herald Sun, 5/10/12“Offers a wonderfully biting critique of the music business in the 1990s.” ArtVoice.com, 5/11/12“ [A] bold look at drug addiction and the damage it can cause.”