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The Harder They Fall - Fame & Addiction


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All Things Considered, March 12, 2005 · Books

'The Harder They Fall': Fame and Addiction

by Jacki Lyden 

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

Musician Grace Slick, comedian Richard Pryor and poet Franz Wright are among the many celebrities who share their personal accounts of fame, fortune and the sudden ruin of addiction. NPR's Jackie Lyden talks with Stromberg about the book.

Read an excerpt form the book here:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4530549

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I always wondered what Grace Slick was on to sing like that. :)

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very interesting dude......i`ll get myself a copy of that book.......like most survivors of the excesses of the `60`s and `70`s i can certainly identify with chuck negron and the others who experienced those times...many of them ( including a lot of my old friends) didn`t make it....it`s good to hear about the ones that did.......and survived to tell the tale..... :)

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many of my friends dint make it either but i'm gonna pass on the book (unless the unapologetic keith richards is in it, which he isn't), the two times i went to rehab, i ran right out and got high after, (everyone's different; what works for some doesn't for others).

as well, i have a thing about who the victims really are as far as drugs are concerned--i personally feel that if border guards, coast guards &c were doing their jobs properly, there'd be way less drugs to be done. don't blame the victims--bust the pricks who look the other way, blame their asses.

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