In truth, I didn't care much for Danny Sugarman, himself--he was wildly self-destructive and selfish--but it was still fascinating to read about his travails, and it was also interesting to learn about the crazy music scene that existed in L. To summarise, kid gets into drugs, meets rock stars, takes more drugs, goes downhill, meets more rock stars, takes more drugs, nearly dies, cleans up his act, finds a sympathetic publisher. I think about all the television shows I watched, the books I read, the embarrassingly detailed drawings I drew of people, and all of the mildly gross substances I touched indoors and out just for the experience of doing something -- but it all seems goddamn boring every time I revisit this memoir. I am such a hypocrite. He died on January 5, 2005 after a prolonged struggle with lung cancer, and was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles. The extent of his drug use just boggles the mind! I laughed out loud in public so often during some chapters I had to stop reading or wet myself. It's obvious that Jim Morrison had a huge effect on Danny's life.
This would be a great companion piece with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, if your sanity can take the strain. It is one of several books Sugerman wrote about The Doors. Personally I enjoyed the book more when a drugged-out Sugerman managed an even more drugged-out Iggy Pop if such a task was possible! Danny Sugarman quite simply wrote one of the best books ever about drug addiction. I had a mixture of too much freedom and too much control. I'm giving this book five stars, not because I bonded with the narrator, but because he made me think about drug addiction in a very intense, real way.
He attended summer camp near with , and one of and ' sons. Through the din of the class noise, a plane droned somewhere overhead. I laughed out loud in public so often during some chapters I had to stop reading or wet myself. Boards are clean with minor edgewear. I had a mixture of too much freedom and too much control. The story is strictly autobiographical about Sugerman, a rich teenager with daddy issues who got obsessed by Jim Morrison. His adoration of Jim Morrison as an older brother figure, his discovery of a safe haven within the maniacal world of music and drugs, and the path of fate down which his life rolls are related with a wit so sharp and observations so universal, you will nod out loud in agreement.
Which means he got into drugs way too much, but nevertheless he has one thing that helps - he could write really well. I wouldn't say it's great writing but it feels personal and has a strong voice. How is it I have never read this book before? How in the hell did he become a junkie? There are painful, sickening chapters as well because a like lived in this manner has to have some consequences Wow! If you keep on doing heroine you will die in two weeks but if you quit heroine you will also die in two weeks. I have always been a fan of the music from the 60's and 70's so I felt compelled to read this. He became Jim Morrison's protege and- still in his teens- manager of the Doors and then Iggy Pop. For him, there just never was another option. Did it make me want to take drugs? This book is also a great anti-drug read.
His neighbors were , and. After his father leaves because of his collection of frogs, snakes and lizards, his mother got a new boyfriend who hit Danny and made his life a living hell each time he came home. She was secretary to U. This book served to educate me about the perils of excess in the world of showbiz and Hollywood. Have probably read this 6 times.
Did it make me want to take drugs? He was also Iggy Pop's manager. He also wrote Appetite For Destruction: The Days of Guns N' Roses in 1991. Sugarman is a great, if occasionally overwrought and self-aggrandizing, raconteur and this book is full of interesting, occasionally hilarious and occasionally horrifying tales. He left Fawn a widow in 2005. Wonderland Avenue covers the first eight years of Sugerman's show business career, commencing with his first job at age 12 opening the Doors' fan mail, and concluding just beyond his 21st birthday, when he is a frail and severely drug-addicted mental patient who has been given less than a week to live. . Welcome to 'My Reading List'.
Binding is square and tight. He died a few years ago after a long battle with lung cancer. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. The story is strictly autobiographical about Sugerman, a rich teenager with daddy issues who got obsessed Mislead by the title and by some of the reviews, I bought this book expecting to read about Sugerman getting mixed up with the excesses of The Doors and Iggy Pop while working as their manager. I'm a collector of books and other things as well. Sugerman worked at The Doors business office when the band was at the peak of their career. Pages are clean with no markings from previous owners.
The description of their life in squalor and filth, waiting for the next fix is enough to provoke a reaction of bulimic disgust to drugs. Danny's love for music comes across in his writing but you can see how the drug addiction took over his life. This is certainly a fast-paced memoir. This totally reminded me of Trainspotting and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas rolled into one, but pumped up quite a few notches. I had read Daniel Sugarmen's biography of Jim Morrrison in No One Here Gets Out Alive, when I was 17 and into that, so I had always wondered who was this guy.