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GET OFF: The Sordid Youth and Unlikely Survival of a Queer Junkie Wonder Boy

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  9 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Set against a backdrop of New York City in the grungy, glittering 1980s, GET OFF is a memoir about desperate living, hidden promise, double lives, and the danger of getting too much too soon.

This eloquent, entertaining, sometimes absurdly hilarious book is a rollicking tale of how an anxious theater nerd from Long Island created and ultimately emerged from a hell of his o
Paperback, 147 pages
Published February 11th 2020 by Scott Alderman
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N.N. Light
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a harrowing book to read. The fact Scott Alderman showed extreme courage to shine a light on what is not a pretty life is pretty amazing.

Personally, I never got involved in the drugs life of the late 70's and the 80's so I have no personal experience with the lifestyle depicted but for literally shaking my head at it, at the time. Couple the struggle with personal acceptance of your own sexuality and you have the recipe for disaster. This disaster is graphically shown in page after page
Blue Reviews
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A raw and powerful memoir.
Get Off is the account author's life through his own words. The author navigates the story providing readers a memoir that is inspiring and beautiful.
Scott's writing skills are no doubt up to the mark because he brings the story to life through details. Get Off is a rich and rewarding journey for the reader.
The characteristics that really draw the reader in is the fast pacing and witty style. With elements of survival, hope and acceptance, the memoir is perfectly penned
BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)
What I Loved:
Get Off is written as though it is a conversation between the author and the reader. I felt like I was sitting down with Scott Alderman while he told me his story, and it was wonderful.

How I Felt:
I really enjoy reading memoirs because I find that they are packed with emotion. The author is telling their personal story, sharing secrets with the reader, and that experience is impactful for me, as the reader. Reading Scott Alderman’s book Get Off gave just the kind of experience I love
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Scott Alderman was a “go-betweeen” business man in the late seventies/early 80s. If you haven’t heard the name before, it’s because Scott ejected the rock and roll persona (for the most part), yet he lived and relished its lifestyle. It’s a classic case of being in the right place at the right time, and this particular comeback memoir has a brisk and comical approach.

The preface introduces us to Scott, a privileged New Yorker who has all the excess baggage that comes with being an abnormal
Joe Montaperto
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Now - THIS is the kind of writing that I can really relate to! That feeling of being able to get away with anything, while all the time pretty much hating yourself, is exquisitely and vividly portrayed in Scott Alderman’s memoir - ‘Get Off - The Sordid Youth and Unlikely Survival of A Queer Junkie Wonderboy’.
Although coming from a completely different background than the author, I also grew up in New York City in the seedy 1980s and experienced the gritty comings and goings of vintage Times Sq
Storm Caywood
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazingly well-written, this book grabs you in the first sentence and doesn’t let go. It’s intense, poignant, and at times heartbreaking. I did think it meandered a bit mid-way, and other readers might find the many anecdotes about musicians more compelling than I did. But it picked right back up and the last third of the book was the most powerful. A riveting memoir about addiction and hope.
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Scott Alderman began working in the live music business in 1979, first as a roadie and stage manager in rock & roll, and then as road manager and agent for touring jazz artists. In the eighties, he owned and booked Fat Tuesday’s, a NYC Jazz club.

After getting clean in 1987, he worked in human services as a counselor at Bailey House, a residence for homeless people with AIDS, and at psychiatric hos

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