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Everybody Must Get Stoned Paperback – April 1, 2009

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Sirius’ patented zaniness, a little forced from time to time, makes for a not-altogether-serious disquisition on the intersection of the rock-star lifestyle and recreational substance abuse. So what? The text, mostly articles accompanied by lists (of rock stars on coke, rock stars on ecstasy, etc.), skips right along. Sirius’ “rankings” in various categories occasionally owe more to name-checking for big stars than any sort of logic, but he does cover a lot of ground entertainingly. Certain names get dropped in relation to more than one drug. Keith Richards and the Grateful Dead, for instance, score consistently, and Sirius manages to place James Brown and Charlie Daniels cheek-by-jowl in a list of rock stars against drugs—closer than they ever came corporeally or musically. Some rankings seem obvious. Number one rock star on weed? Bob Marley, for whose religion ganja is, of course, a sacrament. Also on deck: Nixon’s war on drugs, Sir Paul McCartney’s weed-ophilia, and more pithy hip-hop-star anecdotes than you could shake a spliff at. Good, clean fun.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel; 1 edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806530731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806530734
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,133,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Is this a bad book? No. Is it a fun book? Yeah. But held up against the deeply researched and page turning worthy books that earn and deserve five star reviews, this is like comparing a television sitcom to a five star epic movie.
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.
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Don't take a book by RU Sirius too seriously, but we wouldn't have much modern music if it wasn't for all those substances! Some of the lists will drive you nuts because you could think of better ones, but much of it made me laugh out loud. The style is almost corny-- only Sirius could get away with it.

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.
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This was a fun book that tells the story about the relationship of specific drugs to specific rock stars in a very organized way. Some of the chapters go by the drug of choice. There is a chapter exclusively on the Beatles... etc. I really enjoyed this book.
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