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Three Dog Nightmare: The Chuck Negron Story Hardcover – June, 1999


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Chuck Negron, lead singer of the legendary rock group Three Dog Night, continues to tour in concert and spend time in the studio recording. He resides in Los Angeles. Broadcast journalist Chris Blatchford, a veteran of three decades of investigative television journalism, resides in Glendale, California
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 365 pages
  • Publisher: Renaissance Books; 1st edition (June 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580630405
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580630405
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #790,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you, as I, harbored any wistful, romantic teenaged fantasies about the California music scene of that era, this book will dispell any illusions about the perceived innocence of the stars you idolized or sighed over, such as Chuck Negron. It is hard to fathom anyone living so high dropping so low in life until you read this. The text between Chuck's first sentence - "I should be dead" - and the phrase, 300+ pages later, "I missed my life" - broke my heart. Brutal in its content yet occasionally tongue-in-cheek, it was a tough book to put down although I at times cringed. It certainly gave life to the line "Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll." Chuck throws around a lot of big names and does not pull any punches. Nor does he point fingers or play the victim. He takes responsibility for his self-destructive choices. I was left hoping his 'long road back' doesn't have any more potholes in its pavement.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Chad Sosna on October 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
What a story of the drug era this is! I was only a child in that era but of course knew of the stars like Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix who died of drug overdoses. I actually came across this book while looking for another and decided to give it a whirl.

This held my interest so well I had trouble getting other things done for a few days while I was reading it. It reads like a good novel. Chuck Negron tells the story of his shockingly bad childhood and years in the music business. While many autobiographies are self-serving and highly slanted, I did not get that impression here. Negron is very even-handed with all of the material, careful not to unduly blame others but also revealing the truth when it's right there.

He started in the early 1960s in the music business, but of course, did not have success till the late 1960s. It was interesting to see the many slips and falls of getting to the top. Many rock books skip over that long climb, always making it seem like overnight success. Then the famous years were shocking. Just when I think, "Okay, this is the point where he gives up drugs because he's at his lowest," he reaches yet another low. It truly is remarkable, as others have said here, that he lived through it to tell this story.

He does mention the many battles with other former band members Cory and Danny over the right to use the band's name, etc. It's ironic, but it seems they used him. Almost everyone recognizes Chuck Negron as the lead singer of Three Dog Night and wouldn't even know Cory and Danny if they saw their photos. In fact, many people think Negron sang the lead on all the songs. I did until I read this book!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have been involved in law enforcement for over 25 years. I even worked in undercover narcotics. No one has ever shared their life story in this fashion. This was the first time I have been able to hear the true story from someone who has been there with no strings attached. Mr. Negron doesn't pull any punches. If anyone ever wanted to know what heroin does to a person this is the book to read. I find myself using stories from this book in the Substance Abuse class I teach at a local college. Many thanks to Mr Blatchford and Mr Negron. All the best
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
The sad story of rock and roll excess, the life of Chuck Negron, former lead singer of Three Dog Night is a must read for rock and roll fans everywhere. Three Dog Night burst on the music scene in the late 60's, when I was 9 years old, and I remember listening to their albums late at night, and loving the vocals. I did not know the names of the singers, but even at that young age, I knew how talented they were. I sometimes wondered what happened to Three Dog Night and this books tells it all. Negron spares no details in detailing his rise to stardom and the horrible fall after becoming addicted to drugs. Sometimes it was a difficult read, his descriptions of his abuse of drugs, and the toll it took on his body, friends, and family was heartbreaking, yet at the same time when he finally gets clean and sober, it is very uplifting. It makes you realize that the will to survive, love of a good woman, and God are all we need in life. Not money, not fame. I have immense respect for Chuck Negron, and wish him continued good health and success. Read this and try to remain unmoved.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
Three Dog Night was the first band I called "my favorite" and I collected their albums and singles. The music means a lot to me. I read Jimmy Greenspoon's book recently and now Chuck's. There is enough overlap to feel the basic story of the band is true.
Chuck arguably had the best voice and picked the best songs. I saw him in concert last year and he was fabulous. He and Jimmy talk about the incredible ovations of their first fans and I fully believe it -- I wish I could go back in time and be there.
As a dyed-in-the-wool Three Dog Night fan, I loved getting the inside scoop. It really is a must-read. But a few days after finishing it (in one day), there are disturbing parts to the writing. Clearly, Chuck wants to assassinate Cory Wells' character (and Danny's to a lesser extent) while appearing "above the fray", clean, sober, etc. It's a tricky job but for many readers, he probably achieves it. But, according to Chuck, who for years bailed on their gigs and created chaos in all the band members' lives -- for years on end -- it's really Cory's fault... It goes on and on if you think about it.
Maybe some of it is true -- but in the end, I cannot reconcile the reborn drug-free fresh-air-smelling thankful Chuck of 1998, and the author who set out to smear his former bandmates who put up with years of Chuck's unreliability and finally had to move on.
There are a lot of stories out there of band members who got kicked out -- in this case the reasons were pretty valid, don't you think?
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