Drugs Are Nice: A Post-Punk Memoir

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Soft Skull Press, Sep 30, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 220 pages
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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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DRUGS ARE NICE: A Post-Punk Memoir

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Alt-culture celeb Carver's debut memoir asks: What comes next when you've lived more by the age of 20 then most people have in their whole lives?Raised in a peripatetic manner by a Nietzschean drug ... Read full review

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Lisa is an amazing writer, and I'm not just saying that becasue she arranged for a group of women with scissors to cut my clothes off. . . . Read full review

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Lisa Crystal Carver was born in 1968 to a drug dealer father and an English teacher mother. Instead of going to college, she toured the U.S. and Europe six times in the performance art troupe Suckdog. They put out three albums, including “Drugs Are Nice,” which Spin called one of the best records of the 90s. Lisa Carver started the magazine Rollerderby, did a short stint as a prostitute, and has written for Newsday, Playboy, Nerve, The Utne Reader, Mademoiselle, Details and Glamour. Her book Dancing Queen came out in ’96 (Henry Holt). She’s interviewed Courtney Love, Beck, Lydia Lunch, Sonic Youth, Anton LaVey, GG Allin, and Jon Spencer and been featured on MTV, VH1, HBO and NPR - most recently on the May 7th 2004 edition of This American Life (“The Way to a Boy's Heart Is Through His Stomach”). Lisa Carver is a Nerve.com sex diarist. She lives in the small town of Dover, New Hampshire, with nine-year-old Wolfgang, and Mercedes, who is two.

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