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Three Dog Nightmare: The Chuck Negron Story

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I lay there shaking like a Vegematic and sweating through the blankets. I prayed, "Please let me die or give me one minute of peace from this sickness." Then it happened. I knew then, and I still know now, that God did something for me that I could not do for myself. It was a gift. I was weak, alone, desperate, dying, and afraid. I surrendered. I prayed. He saved me. That' ...more
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Published July 14th 2000 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1999)
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Patrick Di Justo
Dec 28, 2013 Patrick Di Justo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Go on YouTube and search for a performance of the rock band Three Dog Night. Aside from some great music, you'll probably also notice how skinny they all are. 'Of course,' you'll say, 'this was the 1970s, before high fructose corn syrup and the internet conspired to make us all fat.'

Technically, you're right, but that's not the specific reason why they were all so skinny: most of the band were serious heroin addicts. This book by Chuck Negron (aka The Handsome One) is his story of addiction and
Aug 20, 2013 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chuck Negron was the one of the lead singers of Three Dog Night in the 70's. With the most amazing voice and antics, I just loved him and his music. In his book, he is brutally honest about his childhood, his love of basketball, his music career and his hell of a life addicted to heroin. He literally held nothing back and did not sugar coat any of it. He takes full responsibility of his addiction that caused him to lose so much in his life and the physical effects those years have had on him. In ...more
Sep 02, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Three Dog Night's music (still do, as a matter of fact). I found this book more or less by accident when I was looking for something else. I had heard that Chuck Negron had a drug problem (from which he recovered) but knew nothing more than that. This book is a stark and honest look at the life he led as a musician and drug addict and how his drug use cost him nearly everything.

The average person can't comprehend that someone with millions of dollars, fame and adoring fans woul
Jon Hansen
Jul 04, 2013 Jon Hansen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: interviewed
Having had the opportunity to interview Chuck on my radio show added a dimension of retrospective understanding that brings the pages of Three Dog Nightmare to life on an even deeper level.

The fact that Chuck is in the process of launching his new album "Then And Now" on Kickstarter, speaks to his faith and determination to find both truth and peace through God within himself.

Here are the links to the interview (, and Chuck's Kickstarter page (http://www.
Alex Rivas
Apr 02, 2015 Alex Rivas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A life story of a rock star hard core drug addict, surprisingly enough he survived 20 years of drug use. I can't feel sorry for someone who was so stubborn and refused to get help for so many years, hurting and losing his family, job, house, cars, etc.

In my opinion, Robin his third wife is a saint for having had the courage to stand so much crap and still believing in him.

A somewhat happy ending to a horrible nightmare.
Nov 22, 2008 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book several years ago and remember being amazed that Chuck Negron survived the drug abuse and self destructive behavior. Three Dog Night was always one of my favorite bands, and I had no idea of the abuse before reading this book. As the description states: "That he survived at all is a miracle; that he has his career back on track and a new life devoted to helping other drug abusers is an inspiration." This is a fantastic tribute to the talent of this man. Recently, on 11/20/08, he ...more
Brent Harvey
Jun 08, 2010 Brent Harvey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was intrigued by this amazing true story of Negron, Three Dog Night, the world's most popular pop band (at the time)and his incredible journey through the fame, drugs and tribulations of the era. He's one of the lucky ones to come out fine on the other side (although, there were a few near death experiences along the way). As Executive Producer & Co-Founder of the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, we honored Chuck in 2008 with a Lifetime Career Achievement Award and man, does he deserve it! ...more
Feb 11, 2008 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I've never read about a more self-destructive human being than Chuck Negron. You won't believe the depths at which a human can go until you read about him. This very powerful and self deprecating journey through his addictions will leave you wanting more. You find yourself rooting for him in the book, and every time he comes up against his demons you beg him to make the right decision, but he never does. It really speaks to the horrors of drug addiction.
Feb 04, 2012 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition about obsession...singlemindedness...this was a member, if not THE member of the hottest rock group of my time and all he could think about was his next fix. So crazy. He was famous and traveling the world, but none of that seemed to matter. It was always a poor second to his addiction. He was enslaved. Makes one realize that fame and fortune might not be all it's cracked up to be!
Jan 06, 2008 Makoto rated it it was amazing
this is probably my favorite rockography of all time. It pretty much will change your life when you read it. unfortunately, this was lent to someone and i don't remember who, and they never returned it to me. it will be missed.
Dee Moris
Dec 29, 2013 Dee Moris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing the demons these great talents face!
Ann Collette
I wasn't a big fan of Three Dog Night but recently, when reading a review of Greg Allman's MY CROSS TO BEAR, came across a reference to this book. Intrigued, I picked it up. It's a very straightforward, no frills account of Chuck Negron, one of the three lead singers of Three Dog Night, and his near 20 year drug addiction, and how he eventually got clean and sober. This is very much an as-told-to story, with little atmosphere and bare bones prose. Still, Negron's story, even stripped of the kind ...more
Chuck Negron has an undeniable talent. As one of the founding members of Three Dog Night they took the music industry by storm with one hit after the other. He should have been on top of the world except for one problem.....heroin. As a star basketball player he won a scholarship to college in California and lived a clean life, no drinking or drugs. As his music career started he began to experiment with drugs. He was addicted almost from the start. His use was so heavy that he went through mill ...more
Feb 25, 2012 RJ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
Down in the muck on drugs is the sad theme of Chuck Negron's autobiography. Somewhat in the vein of John Phillips' book, it's a tale of how the drug scene of the 1970's took many people with it. Negron of course was one of the singers in Three Dog Night, with his vocals leading on such great songs as "One", "Joy To The World" and "The Show Must Go On". Today the group soldiers on in oldies concerts, but Negron is not part of it, having burned his bridges one too many times. It's a story of the r ...more
May 17, 2015 Stefanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Loved this book, draws you in from the very beginning.
Sue Bocchicchio
Dec 20, 2015 Sue Bocchicchio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exceptional! The Best rock Bio I have read.
May 05, 2015 Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book, and insightful.
Mar 21, 2008 Matt rated it it was ok
The fascinating tale of Chuck Negron, one of three singers with Three Dog Night during their heyday, Chuck Negron lost everything and wound up in the gutter. He got sober in 1991 and decided to write this book in 1999. Good stories but lots of filler and a few typos and a misspelled word here and there, which always will remain a surprise in a book. What irks more than that is that the "as told to" guy isn't a very good writer.
Jul 01, 2011 G rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After all the money and fame - to be addicted to drugs and homeless. Then finally getting his act together and getting clean and sober. His story is painful to read at times, but it was hard to put down.
James Adamiak
Nov 02, 2013 James Adamiak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chuck Negron's autobiography. It chronicles his rise and fall and recovery. Definitely one of the top 5 memoirs regarding addiction/recovery.
Mar 13, 2008 Bree rated it it was ok
This was an interesting glimpse into the "rock" star lifestyle, but it was a bit long...and a bit graphic.
Robin Peringer
Dec 13, 2010 Robin Peringer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love rock biographies, this is one of the best or easiest reads. Fascinating story.
Jeff Pflaumbaum
Great bio but very depressing or sad or disturbing ... not sure which one.
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