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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451614179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451614176
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“You will not find a memoir like this anywhere. Usually when people are this insane, they can’t form coherent sentences, but Gavin brilliantly weaves his bizarre outlook on life in a way that makes them somehow feel relatable. I love this book.”—Justin Halpern, author of Sh*t My Dad Says

“An interesting, infuriating read. You will never love this book harder than it already loves you.”—Patton Oswalt, author of Zombie Spaceship Wasteland

“I laughed so hard I got a headache.”—Justin Theroux, author of Tropic Thunder and Iron Man 2

“Wonderfully powerful, funny, and full of life, this book is amazing and a pleasure to explore. I cried while reading the 9/11 chapter.”—Andrew W.K. author of “Party Hard”

“I loved this book, though it may have given my eyeballs gonorrhea.” —Samantha Bee, author of I Know I Am, but What Are You?

"This book sucks."—Tucker Max, author of I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

How to Piss in Public is a Bible waiting to happen.” —Maxim

"[A] compelling memoir...insanely hilarious." (Huffington Post)

About the Author

Gavin McInnes is a prankster, provocateur, comedian, and creator of contemporary, alternative pop culture. He established an underground Montreal newspaper, which he grew into Vice Magazine Publishing Inc., an international megabrand that still defines cool for “the kids today.” He is the author of The Vice Guide to Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll; DOs & DON’Ts; DOs & DON’Ts 2; and Street Boners, which is based on his new website StreetCarnage.com. Today McInnes lives with his wife and two kids in New York City, writes for television, and makes viral comedy videos for any corporate sponsors that don’t mind fart jokes.  

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Customer Reviews

Pathetic excuse for a book.
Donna L. Stacy
This book is amazing, i wish he would turn it into a move, but it is a great read.
Cassandra Golden
If you like his humor you will like the book.
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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Brazil on March 21, 2012
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I'd never heard of Gavin until I saw him on Red Eye (Fox News 3AM est.) . He has since become one of my favorite guests (following closley behind Jim Norton); his Scottish accent cracks me up.

Book was good, made me laugh a few times. But it's not for the feint of heart...it's often times quite filthy.

Here's a test as to whether you will like the humor in this book; if it makes you smile then get the book; if you find this juvenile then you may want to pass: "I don't mind women breast feeding in public, but they never wink back at ya."

Call me pig, but that's funny!

Wish the book was longer but that doesn't mean it was incomplete, I just enjoyed reading his anecdotes about his life that much.

The take home message is pretty much this: party all you want as a kid, but grow the hell up when you start getting old. You think a hangover is bad when you're 20? Wait until you hit 40 and suffer through a 3 day hangover.

Heroin = The Devil
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. Peterman on March 21, 2012
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I've always held a soft spot in my heart for Gavin McInnes ever since I got his Do's and Don'ts book as an X-Mas gift in high school and spent months re-reading it and laughing so hard I'd cry. He's an a-hole, but a completely funny a-hole, and those are the best kind.
I was bummed when he left Vice because it's been a total bust ever since, but fortunately Gavin's managed to pull off a million other projects that continually remind me how awesome he is. When I found out about his book coming out I pre-ordered it and received it the day it came out. I'm just now taking a break from my four hour marathon of reading it. Um, it's great? Each chapter is a different story from his life, and he retells it hilariously and with such honesty. I laughed, I almost puked, I nearly cried. I wanted to write something like, "Gavin is living proof that you can do whatever you want as long as you're willing to put everything you got into it and not care what anyone else thinks about it", but that sounds really sappy. Sorry. Pretty much, Gavin rules. Just buy it?
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By paul.ward395 on May 30, 2014
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The bleating of a poor writer who knows that the attractive woman won't pick him. Sad.

Cool didn't die on you, Gavin, it bypassed you just as your spots hit their peak.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lazlo on February 1, 2013
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Usually when I read something about a guy who did more drugs than Elvis it ends with a sloppy death scene and investigation. But here's a rollicking Horatio Alger story about McInnes. It's apparent that he always had a brain. He used it to start businesses and have his fill of the orgiastic nightlife. Then he started a family and became a conservative Libertarian type.

If you ever wanted to read a tell-all about Stuart Brand crossed with G. Gordon Liddy here's your chance. It's funny.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By twm on September 29, 2013
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My wife and I learned about Gavin from his Red Eye appearances. The show is great, overall, but the guests can make a huge difference and when Gavin is there, it's nearly always funny and interesting because he is funny and interesting.

He's obviously a very bright, talented, guy, but he really stood out because (similar to Gutfeld) he completely broke the sterotype of what a "conservative" is. We'd never heard of Vice magazine, so I didn't even fully understand the extent of his cultural impact, but basically here's a guy who articulates conservative/libertarian views like a WSJ editorialist, yet looks and acts like he could be...well, a founder of Vice magazine.

Anyway, my wife got me this book as a birthday present. And, wow, I had no idea just how "unconservative" his personal history was!

He's lived a pretty wild life and documents in this book in vivid fashion -- at times hilarious, at times cringe-worthy, and often shocking. He is, above all, a great story teller and when you combine that with some of the great stories he has to tell, it is largely a captivating ride -- I read the book in a weekend and really couldn't put it down.

Still, I couldn't help walking away from the book being a little disappointed and, I suppose, sad.

He talks, a lot, on Red Eye (and his columns) about how important his family is to him, his unabashed rediscovery of Catholicism including membership in the Knights of Columbus and pro-life views, and generally conservative outlook. Yet, he lead an astonishingly hedonistic lifestyle for much of his life. I don't mean a bit of debauchery here and there...I mean stuff like, intentional drunk-driving for fun, lots of heavy drugs, week long benders, unprotected sex with 300+ women...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Abedor on August 4, 2014
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I love Gavin (rather, Jimmy) on Red eye, and thought this book might've given insight on his beliefs backed up with witty, albeit dirty humor and banter. Instead, it's a chronicle of his life depicting drug use, business deals, raunchy sex, and other painful or memorable life moments. The sex parts are probably the biggest problem I have with the book, as it depicts things greatly in detail, on par with a Penthouse Forum or trashy erotica. Normally I can handle it, but I felt a bit cheated (disappointed) as I heard these stories, as it sounds as if it's meant to induce self-pleasure (put mildly). If I wanted porn-to-text, I'd have gotten something else. I expected fun, insight, humor, reasoning and critique, not hearing about his threesomes, cocaine sickness, and flesh-ripped penis (which, again written in great detail, did make me cringe).
Maybe it's just me, though I think women in general would not like this book at all. A lot of you might enjoy it listening to filth, and I did enjoy some (too weird! too weird! too weird!), and the 9/11 parts were heavy. I like the guy; the book, not so much. Had to stop reading this one halfway through.
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