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Wonderland Avenue by Danny Sugerman
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Nov 12, 2009

really liked it

Danny Sugarman quite simply wrote one of the best books ever about drug addiction. He had a friendship with Jim Morrison in his formative years (and claims to have later had sex with Morrison's widow-which, kind of freaky that.) He also managed the career of Iggy Pop during some of his worst excesses and was friends with people ranging from Ray Manzarek to Mackenzie Phillips. You'll have more sympathy for Mackenzie and her troubles of late, if you don't already, when you read the story of Sugarman resuscitating her after an OD while driving down the freeway. Somewhere in this timeframe, Sugarman also developed a massive heroin habit and came very close to dying as a result. Not everyone in the story is so lucky.

Sugarman is a great, if occasionally overwrought and self-aggrandizing, raconteur and this book is full of interesting, occasionally hilarious and occasionally horrifying tales. It also is infinitely more effective at dissuading you from drug use than an infinite number of anti-drug commercials. By all accounts, Sugarman stayed clean after the trip to rehab that ended this book. He died a few years ago after a long battle with lung cancer.

ETA: I was extremely wrong when I originally wrote this about Sugarman staying sober. He relapsed after a trip overseas, developed a crack habit, and got his wife (who happened to be Fawn Hall. Yes, that Fawn Hall) smoking crack as well. They both ended up in rehab.
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