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Drugs Are Nice: A Post-Punk Memoir

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"Shock-performance artist Carver (Dancing Queen) offers a spunky, well-fashioned memoir devoid of self-pity but heavy on moral-of-the-story hindsight. Carver grew up in Dover, N.H., with a sickly mother, but spent her 15th year with her father in California, when he got out of prison for murder. His hard-knock lessons 'shame and shock [her] out of everything [she] knew to be and think,' so that when she returned to Dover, she was transformed and fearless. Meeting 'scum-rocker' GG Allin inspired her and a friend to start a 'band,' Suckdog, and join the wave of atonal, angry prankster gigs then in vogue (it was the late 1980s). Connected to the DIY underground, a cassette-trading society that eliminates the need for producers, seed money, even talent, Carver met and married French music rebel Jean Louis Costes; together they achieved notoriety with their outlandish performances (one act involved her peeing in a litter box). Other jobs include publishing the early zine Rollerderby, which segues into an infatuation with the troubled neo-Nazi Boyd Rice. Carver had Rice's child, born genetically disabled, and the family collapsed when Rice revealed himself to be an abusive alcoholic. Carver slides into a chirpy concluding regeneration, while the overall ride of this iconoclast is surprisingly tame. Agent, Erin Hosier. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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In this eye-opening memoir, Lisa Crystal Carver recalls her extraordinary youth and charts the late-80s, early-90s punk subculture that she helped shape. She recounts how her band Suckdog was born in 1987 and the wild events that followed: leaving small-town New Hampshire to tour Europe at 18, becoming a teen publisher of fanzines, a teen bride, and a teen prostitute. Spin has called Suckdog's album Drugs Are Nice one of the best of the '90s, and the book includes photos of infamous European shows. Yet the book also tells of how Lisa saw the need for change in 1994, when her baby was born with a chromosomal deletion and his father became violent. With lasting lightness and surprising gravity, Drugs Are Nice is a definitive account of the generation that wanted to break every rule, but also a story of an artist and a mother becoming an adult on her own terms.

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In this eye-opening memoir, Carver recalls her extraordinary youth and charts the late-80s, early-90s punk subculture that she helped shape. She recounts how her band Suckdog was born in 1987 and the wild events that followed, in this definitive account of the generation that wanted to break every rule.

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thechaostheorist, July 9, 2013 (view all comments by thechaostheorist)
I love outsider music, strange people and non fiction in general. Specifically, the novel was amazing. It was unflinching, beautiful, painful and ultimately, inspirational. I'm on the hunt for the rest of her work.
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I love outsider music, strange people and non fiction in general. Specifically, the novel was amazing. It was unflinching, beautiful, painful and ultimately, inspirational. I'm on the hunt for the rest of her work.
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db, October 2, 2007 (view all comments by db)
great book for those who love memoirs of family dysfunction and outrageousness. loved it. one of those books where i saw it on the shelf.. thought id like it.. read the first page and it actually made me know i needed to read it...I was right. One of those candy reads.. so good you keep reading and wanting more.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781932360943
Author:
Carver, Lisa Crystal
Publisher:
Soft Skull Press
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Entertainers
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - General
Subject:
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
Subject:
BIO026000
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Punk
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20050931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW photos
Pages:
220
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 11 oz

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Product details 220 pages Soft Skull Press - English 9781932360943 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Shock-performance artist Carver (Dancing Queen) offers a spunky, well-fashioned memoir devoid of self-pity but heavy on moral-of-the-story hindsight. Carver grew up in Dover, N.H., with a sickly mother, but spent her 15th year with her father in California, when he got out of prison for murder. His hard-knock lessons 'shame and shock [her] out of everything [she] knew to be and think,' so that when she returned to Dover, she was transformed and fearless. Meeting 'scum-rocker' GG Allin inspired her and a friend to start a 'band,' Suckdog, and join the wave of atonal, angry prankster gigs then in vogue (it was the late 1980s). Connected to the DIY underground, a cassette-trading society that eliminates the need for producers, seed money, even talent, Carver met and married French music rebel Jean Louis Costes; together they achieved notoriety with their outlandish performances (one act involved her peeing in a litter box). Other jobs include publishing the early zine Rollerderby, which segues into an infatuation with the troubled neo-Nazi Boyd Rice. Carver had Rice's child, born genetically disabled, and the family collapsed when Rice revealed himself to be an abusive alcoholic. Carver slides into a chirpy concluding regeneration, while the overall ride of this iconoclast is surprisingly tame. Agent, Erin Hosier. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
In this eye-opening memoir, Lisa Crystal Carver recalls her extraordinary youth and charts the late-80s, early-90s punk subculture that she helped shape. She recounts how her band Suckdog was born in 1987 and the wild events that followed: leaving small-town New Hampshire to tour Europe at 18, becoming a teen publisher of fanzines, a teen bride, and a teen prostitute. Spin has called Suckdog's album Drugs Are Nice one of the best of the '90s, and the book includes photos of infamous European shows. Yet the book also tells of how Lisa saw the need for change in 1994, when her baby was born with a chromosomal deletion and his father became violent. With lasting lightness and surprising gravity, Drugs Are Nice is a definitive account of the generation that wanted to break every rule, but also a story of an artist and a mother becoming an adult on her own terms.
"Synopsis" by , In this eye-opening memoir, Carver recalls her extraordinary youth and charts the late-80s, early-90s punk subculture that she helped shape. She recounts how her band Suckdog was born in 1987 and the wild events that followed, in this definitive account of the generation that wanted to break every rule.
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