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Everybody Must Get Stoned Paperback – April 1, 2009
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The book lists what rock stars did drugs, what drugs, and rankings for each drug with the winner being the rock star that did the most. There are also side trips, such as a chapter on just The Beatles on drugs and a list of rock stars against drugs.
As might be expected, Keith Richards seemed to be the most named druggie, with Lou Reed nailing more mention than past tabloid headlines would’ve predicted. Sir Paul McCartney’s predilection for weed is reviewed and confirmed. The main problem for me personally, a reader that definitely fits into the baby boomer and classic rock subdivision of rock’n roll, was lack of knowledge about many of the main players. With zero interest in hip-hop and rap, many of the artists scoring on the various lists were unknown to me.
So if I had to come up with a real criticism, it would be the wide range of audience this book aims to please. If you’re up on your rock, punk, new wave, country, hip-hop, and rap stars from the 1950s to 2009 (when this book was released) you’ll probably enjoy reading it a lot more than I did. But if you’re stuck in your personal generational gap (older or younger – it doesn’t matter), then you may not know half the listed artists on the various “who’s taking what” lists.
Fun book? Yeah, it’s a fun way to spend time while hanging around the airport or a waiting room. With short sections and lists, it’s easy to put down and pick up again later without going through withdrawal.
Brits might find some names don't get the mention they deserve, but Sirius is writing from America. All the same, it's going to stimulate me into exploring new musical avenues.
It's quite sad to see the number of stars who have died from the hard drugs like alcohol and heroin, but I guess it's tough living that lifestyle.
If you think that you are the type of person who would like this book, I'm sure you will!
Especially enjoyable are the 'guilt be association' chapters on Burroughs (William, that is),Crowley and Leary. There is plenty of scope for connections with other literary figures, such as Philip K. Dick and maybe even John C. Lilly.