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I Have Fun Everywhere I Go: Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the

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Publisher Comments:

I Have Fun Everywhere I Go is a rollicking, high-octane, always irreverent journey through the seamy side of the publishing industry. Mike Edison's résumé spans twenty years and a slew of notorious titles, including Screw, High Times, Penthouse, and Hustler. An Ivy League dropout who's never looked back, Edison embarked on a career that's landed him in the producer's chair for one of the worst B movies of all time; on tour with the likes of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, GG Allin, and the Ramones; undercover at a religious cult; on a bender with Evel Knievel; feuding with Hulk Hogan; smoking dope with Ozzy Osborne; and authoring some twenty novels you wouldn't want your mother to catch you reading — let alone writing. As the publisher of High Times, he battled almost daily with a rainbow brigade of unrepentant hippies plagued with short-term memory loss, and owners who treated their employees more like the tenants of a halfway house for potheads than a team of professional editors and writers, all while leading the magazine to record heights in sales and advertising.

I Have Fun Everywhere I Go combines the fear and loathing of Hunter Thompson's journalistic thrill rides with the acerbic insider voice of Toby Young. It's an eye-opening, gleeful view of life on the edge — and the outlaws and oddballs encountered there.

Review:

"This hilarious insider look at fringes of journalism and magazine publishing is written with a gleeful burning-his-bridges-behind-him vibe. Edison is a child of the '70s who came across High Times magazine and immediately recognized that it 'was a miracle of lifestyle journalism.' A daily high school pothead, he delivers an amazingly detailed remembrance of life in New York City after his surprising acceptance into New York University and then, after dropping out, Columbia University, which leads to jobs working first for the World Wrestling Federation, then writing porn novels, before moving on to men's magazines like Cheri. He shamelessly admits that 'putting out inconsequential slap rags was a lot of fun.' After a dalliance with the Raunch Hands punk group, Edison is back writing for Hustler and Penthouse, until he finally gets an editing job at High Times. This stint — the bulk of the book — provides a riotous look at that magazine's stoned style, where the staff couldn't arrive on time to planned meetings unless Edison could 'fold the fabric of the universe onto itself and led the staff through some sort of cosmic wormhole.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"A beer-sozzled, speed-cranked nail bomb of a book — what everybody's Saturday night should be like." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"I Have Fun Everywhere I Go is a heart-pounding, jealousy-inducing, kick in the teeth of a read. Edison has done it all and lived to write about. The perfect book for the armchair journalist — who wants to know what life is like on the seamy edge, but doesn't want to put his or her ass on the line to experience it in the flesh. Buy this book — you'll read it till your eyes bleed." Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight

Review:

"This book is beyond blurbs, so let's just get to the jack. If you have any interest in pot, pornography, punk rock, or professional wrestling, just buy this f*cking thing. Much more important than food for the table or the starving children of wherever." Nick Tosches

Review:

"A laugh-a-minute joyride through the back alleys of pre-internet sleaze culture." Daniel Clowes

Review:

"Half the time I spent reading this laugh-out-loud saga of depravity and mayhem, I found myself wishing I'd lived this life; the other half, I was thanking sweet heaven I didn't. In a world where many would-be rebels (myself included) would like to consider themselves or their work 'anti-establishment' or 'punk rock,' Mike Edison hasn't just talked the talk, he's walked the walk. May God have mercy on his soul." Todd Hanson, writer and editor, The Onion

Review:

"Half-intellectual, half-media whore, (and all-man), Mike Edison takes you on the last roller coaster ride through the American counter-culture. Buckle up for a fabulous read." Josh Alan Friedman, author of Tales of Times Square

Review:

"Edison's book is so funny and smart and delightfully filthy that I wish I had written it myself." Al Goldstein, Screw founder

Synopsis:

“If your books subtitle is Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World, you have a lot to live up to—and somehow Mike Edison does . . . Edison seems to have nine lives and enjoys every moment of each of them to the fullest . . . His journey takes him around the world, but he always returns to magazine writing, and his insider scoop on these bizarre workplaces is what, finally, makes this memoir truly memorable.” —Penthouse

 

“Cooler than Toby Young and more credible than James Frey.”—Bookforum

 

“Will have you alternately envying Edison and being glad youve avoided such encounters.” —New York Daily News

 

“Gloriously told . . . Surprisingly intelligent.” —SF Weekly

 

“[Edisons] an engaging, sardonic guide to some of magazinedoms more disreputable territories.” —Entertainment Weekly

 

“Brash, irreverent, funny as hell and beautifully written.”—PopMatters

About the Author

Mike Edison is a writer, editor, and musician. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780865479647
Subtitle:
Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World
Publisher:
Faber & Faber
Author:
Edison, Mike
Subject:
BIO026000
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Periodical editors
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Periodical editors - United States
Subject:
Edison, Mike
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20090512
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes 2 Black-and-White Illustrations
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Journalism » Journalists

I Have Fun Everywhere I Go: Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the
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Product details 352 pages Faber & Faber - English 9780865479647 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This hilarious insider look at fringes of journalism and magazine publishing is written with a gleeful burning-his-bridges-behind-him vibe. Edison is a child of the '70s who came across High Times magazine and immediately recognized that it 'was a miracle of lifestyle journalism.' A daily high school pothead, he delivers an amazingly detailed remembrance of life in New York City after his surprising acceptance into New York University and then, after dropping out, Columbia University, which leads to jobs working first for the World Wrestling Federation, then writing porn novels, before moving on to men's magazines like Cheri. He shamelessly admits that 'putting out inconsequential slap rags was a lot of fun.' After a dalliance with the Raunch Hands punk group, Edison is back writing for Hustler and Penthouse, until he finally gets an editing job at High Times. This stint — the bulk of the book — provides a riotous look at that magazine's stoned style, where the staff couldn't arrive on time to planned meetings unless Edison could 'fold the fabric of the universe onto itself and led the staff through some sort of cosmic wormhole.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A beer-sozzled, speed-cranked nail bomb of a book — what everybody's Saturday night should be like."
"Review" by , "I Have Fun Everywhere I Go is a heart-pounding, jealousy-inducing, kick in the teeth of a read. Edison has done it all and lived to write about. The perfect book for the armchair journalist — who wants to know what life is like on the seamy edge, but doesn't want to put his or her ass on the line to experience it in the flesh. Buy this book — you'll read it till your eyes bleed."
"Review" by , "This book is beyond blurbs, so let's just get to the jack. If you have any interest in pot, pornography, punk rock, or professional wrestling, just buy this f*cking thing. Much more important than food for the table or the starving children of wherever."
"Review" by , "A laugh-a-minute joyride through the back alleys of pre-internet sleaze culture."
"Review" by , "Half the time I spent reading this laugh-out-loud saga of depravity and mayhem, I found myself wishing I'd lived this life; the other half, I was thanking sweet heaven I didn't. In a world where many would-be rebels (myself included) would like to consider themselves or their work 'anti-establishment' or 'punk rock,' Mike Edison hasn't just talked the talk, he's walked the walk. May God have mercy on his soul."
"Review" by , "Half-intellectual, half-media whore, (and all-man), Mike Edison takes you on the last roller coaster ride through the American counter-culture. Buckle up for a fabulous read."
"Review" by , "Edison's book is so funny and smart and delightfully filthy that I wish I had written it myself."
"Synopsis" by ,

“If your books subtitle is Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World, you have a lot to live up to—and somehow Mike Edison does . . . Edison seems to have nine lives and enjoys every moment of each of them to the fullest . . . His journey takes him around the world, but he always returns to magazine writing, and his insider scoop on these bizarre workplaces is what, finally, makes this memoir truly memorable.” —Penthouse

 

“Cooler than Toby Young and more credible than James Frey.”—Bookforum

 

“Will have you alternately envying Edison and being glad youve avoided such encounters.” —New York Daily News

 

“Gloriously told . . . Surprisingly intelligent.” —SF Weekly

 

“[Edisons] an engaging, sardonic guide to some of magazinedoms more disreputable territories.” —Entertainment Weekly

 

“Brash, irreverent, funny as hell and beautifully written.”—PopMatters

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