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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment (August 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416915540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416915546
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,041,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tommy Chong is a sixty-eight-year-old writer and director, best known as half of the legendary comedy duo Cheech and Chong. The pair found a wide audience through their stand-up routines, comedy albums, and popular films about the hippie, free-love, and (especially) drug culture movement. A father of five, Chong lives with his wife, Shelby, in California and performs with her at comedy clubs across the country. This is his first book.

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A very easy read.
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I love his entire outlook and admire his spirituality.
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Tommy Chong is an amazing man of character.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mehri Kaufman on August 9, 2006
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The audience for this book is any "thinking" adult. I'm sure the Feds that busted him, as well as the people he portrayed in the movies will enjoy this book. You don't have to be of one camp or another...

This was a very enjoyable biography. Tommy shared is youth in Canada with candor. He doesn't place blame or make excuses, but points out the way it was. His marriage is a wonderful love story that was heart warming. There are many LOL pages and some that tugged at your spirit. His love of tango dancing was a great vignette that carried through the whole story. He brings some very real issues to the table and discusses them. He thinks clearly about the war on dope, and he brings up some other topics that should also be discussed. The content gracefully touched on politics, religion, family, racism and a wide variety of subjects we should all be talking about.

His incarceration is truly an embarrassment for our country, but his blame on the Republican Party shows how recently he got in this bind. This is a two party system, and they're both guilty. This has been going on for a long time. Reason Magazine (and their libertarian website) did a lot of good reporting on Tommy Chong. They discuss the stripping of our rights that have been progressing through the recent decades, and accelerated since the Patriot Act.

After reading this, I would certainly love to see him do an investigative reporting type movie. Tommy could answer Michael Moore's question about why Americans shoot each other more than other well armed countries. The answer is hidden in this book.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Lux on January 17, 2007
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I'll declare this upfront: I have never been a fan of the Cheech & Chong movies, nor have I followed either of their careers in detail. I enjoy memoirs, especially those by larger-than-life characters, and I picked up The I Chong hoping for some tales of vice and an indictment of the War on Drugs. I was swept away by this deceptively short and simple book of spiritual reflections, introspection, and cultural observations about the War on Drugs and life in federal prison. It's a shame that people might avoid this book out of a distaste for pot-smoking jokes--this memoir is serious, intelligent, and witty, and Chong has been on a year-plus fast from pot-smoking.

"The Joint" refers to Chong's incarceration for selling glass bongs. That's right. He was imprisoned for nine months for selling glass when the Bush Administration wanted to make an example out of a cultural pro-marijuana symbol. His straightforward, well-worded perspective on the Operation Pipe Dreams sting will make even the most straight-laced reader question the use of our government resources to pursue people like Tommy Chong.

This is a book to read and share with friends and family. You don't have to be a Cheech & Chong fan, nor a pro-marijuana crusader, to glean life lessons and wisdom from this short memoir.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A. Sardella on August 9, 2006
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Nice memoir by a very likeable character. He talks about the imbecilic raid on his house in the sting Operation called Operation Pipe Dream ("our doors were unlocked man -- they could have just walked right in") and his experience as a jailhouse celebrity (second only to Michael Milken for mail received).

The tale of his childhood in Vancouver is also very endearing, along with the inception of Cheech and Chong, which kind of fell out of an Improv Group.

It's a story of someone who's done a lot of drugs (though not as much as legend would have it) and is told with total appreciation of his life and no bitterness even towards the FBI agents who stung in. Indeed he's amused at how they solicited autographs from him while working undercover.

Only Tommy Chong could call a 9 month stint in prison a ride to enjoy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By pulsardrone on September 13, 2006
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I just read this while on vacation last month and what a great beach read this book was. What Tommy may lack in sophisticated prose he certainly makes up for in genuine charm. Throughout the book Tommy jumps back and forth between his early life (focusing somewhat specifically on his childhood) and the events leading up to and including his incarceration. Curiously, he does not talk about his comedy career that much, so those looking for insight into his relationship with Cheech and the movies they made together might be a bit disappointed. The book is short, and actually could have even been even shorter. Tommy tries hard to fill up the 224 pages with material as he tends to drift off topic with various tangents and the occasional spiritual rant. This is all fine though because, as usual, Tommy's heart is in the right place at all times and he comes off as being so likeable that I enjoyed reading whatever he had to say. Tommy seems to be a pretty simple guy with a somewhat utopian outlook on life, but this actually serves as a nice contrast to his grim situation. The most important thing is that the subject matter regarding his whole "Operation Pipe Dream" ordeal was always fascinating. I might also add that his prison experience, or more specifically, his approach to the experience was very interesting, and quite frankly refreshing. The positive attitude that Tommy maintained throughout his unjust situation could serve as an inspiration for many. Highly recommended.
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