Synopses & Reviews
A laugh-out-loud, go-for-the-jugular chronicle of audacious true stories from the creator of Vice magazine—for the huge audiences that devour Tucker Max, Justin Halpern, Chuck Klosterman, and Chelsea Handler.
Gavin McInnes’s idea of heaven is standing at a bar made of clouds telling jaw-dropping stories while all his dead friends drop their harps and burst into paroxysms of laughter. Whether it’s streaking through New York City during the 2003 blackout, faking paralysis to curtail a beatdown by Nazi skinheads, or getting his mother so stoned, she called the cops on goblins, McInnes’s stories never fail to induce hair-whitening spit-takes. He went from starting a small punk ‘zine in 1994 to building it into a global multi-media empire and selling his shares for millions a decade later.
Though many have done as much cocaine as McInnes, few can look back on a life that includes a punk band named Anal Chinook (Inuit for “warm wind”), remarkably awkward celebrity encounters, violence of every shape and form, a really slow police chase, innumerable threesomes, a self-induced STD, fifteen dead junkies, the invention of New York’s “Warhol Children,” deer hunting with Indians, and comedy videos that garner the appreciation of millions. Described as “The Godfather of Hipsterdom” on NBC, McInnes is responsible for a lot more than making ridiculous facial hair popular. A gifted writer and born storyteller, he has lived an inspirational life that is raw, unabashed, often mind-boggling, and always entertaining.
"This lurid memoir by Vice magazine founder McInnes covers his booze and drug-fueled journey from an Ottawa suburb to the fleshpots of New York City. Along the way, McInnes fronts punk bands, gets stomped by skinheads, contracts numerous STDs, and starts a magazine that makes him a very wealthy man. Unlike most folks who party like rock stars, McInnes doesn't have to crash-land in a substance-abuse facility to reach his happy ending. Instead he throttles down the partying as he approaches 40, marries a woman with the unlikely name of 'Blobs' and starts a family. It's the American dream come true, reality-TV style. The most interesting section covers McInnes's early days in Kanata and Ottawa. Like many smart, rebellious teenagers in the 1980s, McInnes found energy and an ethos in punk's rejection of tradition and conformity. His descriptions of the social mishaps and destructive antics of his friends are entertaining, honest, and occasionally touching. However, as he moves to New York City and up the social ladder, the book degenerates into a self-indulgent series of anecdotes about how wasted he got and all the hot sex he had." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
andnbsp;Though technically a memoir, this is more a compendium of hair-whitening bar stories that punch you in the throat until your eyes explode. Many people have watched their friends die and some have been to jail. There are those who have stepped in the ring with professional fighters and been beaten within an inch of their lives. Others have created media empires. Very few have done all this and embarrassed dozens of celebrities; enjoyed more than a couple of threesomes; brought the world and#8220;Warholand#8217;s Childrenand#8221;; consistently attracted a million views with viral comedy videos; said, and#8220;Jesus is gay,and#8221; on national television; and made two American Indians from scratch. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;There certainly isnand#8217;t anyone with this kind of life experience who can convey each tale in such a hilarious and endearing way. Whether heand#8217;s watching his friend get decapitated on acid or snorting cocaine off womenand#8217;s breasts, McInnes only ever has one priority: maximum laughs. Heand#8217;s not here to tell you how wise his father is or how hard it was to achieve his success. Heand#8217;s here to make you laugh so hard, you puke. Thatand#8217;s it.
About the Author
Gavin McInnes is a prankster, provocateur, and creator of contemporary, alternative pop culture. After ten issues of his award-winning comic Pervert and several years of singing in punk bands, Gavin created a small punk/skate ‘zine called, which became the multi-media conglomerate known as Vice. He wrote most of the articles in Vice for thirteen years and also penned their greatest hits book The Vice Guide to Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll, as well as other Vice compilations, and most recently an esteemed volume titled Street Boners, based on his website streetcarnage.com. He is also currently developing several different television shows. Referred to as "The Godfather of hipsterdom" and "the primary architect of hipsterdom," McInnes is often credited with starting the Hipster movement mostly via Vice magazine’s “DOs & DON’Ts” column.