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  • Author:
    Lisa Crystal Carver
  • ISBN:
    1905005156
  • ISBN13:
    978-1905005154
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  • Publisher:
    SNOWBOOKS LIMITED (March 6, 2006)
  • Pages:
    310 pages
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    Arts & Literature
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In this eye-opening memoir, Lisa Crystal Carver recalls her extraordinary youth and charts the late-80s, early-90s .

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.

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Drugs Are Nice: A Post-Punk Memoir is the memoir of Lisa Crystal Carver published by Soft Skull Press in the US in 2005 and by Snowbooks in the UK in 2006.

Drugs Are Nice: A Post-Punk Memoir is the memoir of Lisa Crystal Carver published by Soft Skull Press in the US in 2005 and by Snowbooks in the UK in 2006, detailing her early childhood and later romantic relationships with Costes, Boyd Rice and Smog's Bill Callahan.

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Alt-culture celeb Carver's debut memoir asks: What comes next when you've lived more by the . While still a teenager, she started a flirty correspondence with shock punk GG Allin and formed her own noise band, Suckdog.

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? 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? . The first show featured a bass player and keyboardist who couldn't play, a recording of the Bee Gees in the background and Carver ripping off her dress and screaming as she dove into the crowd of bikers and agro-punks, slapping faces at random.

Daniel Robert Epstein: Whats going on today? Lisa Crystal Carver: Im running around crazy trying to get everything together before going on the book tour. DRE: Are you psyched? LCC: Yes, I am. Im psyched and Im crazy. DRE: Do you know what parts youre reading and all that? LCC: Im not going to do book readings. Were going to bring the book to life. DRE: What does that mean, are you going to sing?

Drugs Are Nice: A Post-Punk Memoir. Such books make me miserable because I can't even do one of them. When I first read Woody Allen I wanted to master the non-sequitur and lead the reader through a maze of the underexpected.

Drugs Are Nice: A Post-Punk Memoir.

Lisa "Suckdog" Carver has written widely on popular music, culture, and her own sex life. With Drugs Are Nice, she charts the birth of the movement she helped create, from the dizzying highs of European performance art tours to the genesis of the zine phenomenon. When her drug dealer father calmly told fifteen-year-old Lisa he'd murdered a man, she knew any chance of a normal life was off. Soon after, she found herself on stage at a Veteran's Hall punk show, caterwauling while hitting things and people


Vojar
This is a brilliantly written book that is probably too unique to be in the tradition of something like the LIARS' CLUB, yet is every bit as compelling. As Lisa finds her way amidst sociopathic parents and her own rather odd tendencies, she records unforgettable vignettes of the similarly and disimilarly deranged (i.e. Smog, Dame Darcy, Costes, Boyd Rice). She has a tendency to smash her life open like some nuclear physicist intent on studying the particles that fly out. The insights she gathers from these extremities are not merely flash powder. There is always relevance--however strange--amidst the huge amount of released energy.

The below negative review dwells on scatalogical points that comprise maybe a page of the book. This review was written by one of Boyd Rice's friends (and in the spirit of full disclosure, I'm one of Lisa's). If you read the book, you'll understand why Boyd is a tad reluctant to be exposed in such a light. He is an interesting and magnetic man, yet like most gods and demigods, has clay feet that show here and there. Anton LaVey's odd family life is also sketched. Personally, I might have been a bit more entertained by/ forgiving of his foibles yet Lisa has high standards for conduct (in certain areas such as parenting) even amidst her own tendencies toward debauchery. Though I can see how such exposure might make one uncomfortable, isn't all publicity good publicity? Maybe not. Apparently, someone (or several someones) is (are) so mad about this book that Lisa and her publisher have been receiving threats. It's great publicity plus gives gainful employment to a certain ex-Navy seal. Ah, the drama. . . . Look for lots of negative reviews from Church of Satan people who probably haven't read the book.
Dawncrusher
I recommend this book to anyone with an open mind. I cant say its for everyone, but as a fan of Roller Derby (her zine) from my college days (I have been out of college for 12 years) and reading her articles in major magazines now and then, I love Lisa and her crew. its a good glimpse into the life of someone who has made her own niche in the world, who is talented and interesting. The title may be off putting for some, but I still recommend this read
luisRED
Since many of the reviews on this site appear to be by people mentioned in the book -- or by people who know people mentioned in the book -- I want to make clear that I do not know Lisa Crystal Carver, or any of her friends, or any of her enemies for that matter.

But even though I don't know Lisa Carver in life, I thought I knew her on some level from reading her previous work (like the legendary zine ROLLERDERBY, or her diaries on Nerve.com). She's a beguiling writer who can make even the most sordid events sound exciting and liberating and funny. I was expecting DRUGS ARE NICE to be more of the same -- the smoke trail of a literary kamikaze who delights in provoking outrage in her readers, while teasing them about how easily offended they are.

But it turns out I didn't know Lisa Carver at all. After so many years of extreme candor about her most intimate relationships, I never would have imagined that there was another level of honesty for Carver to attain. And yet there was, and this book is it. Carver has admitted all kinds of things in her writing, but she's never admitted before that there are many times when the life of a social, sexual, and artistic renegade is not actually a lot of fun. She's written things that made me squirm with unease, but never before has her writing been genuinely harrowing. DRUGS ARE NICE isn't exploitative, or titillating, or even apologetic -- it's just breathtakingly honest about the choices Carver has made, and the reasons she made them. Even when she details her most abusive relationships, she never comes off as a victim, which is why this book packs such an unexpected punch.

I'm not going to recap the events of the book. I hate recaps in reviews. If you want to know what happens, you can read the Publishers Weekly summary; or, better yet, just read the book. You'll discover a woman to admire, and a writer to cherish.
Shaktit
I thought I lived it up in my youth, but Lisa puts me to shame shame shame. I put the kids to bed early every night because I know this book is on my night table waiting for me to dive back in and escape my quotidian life. Thanks Lisa, for writing such a riveting book!
Itiannta
I have an interest in reading the life stories of people on the fringes of society and this book certainly fits that bill. Lisa Crystal Carver drifted through the post punk underground of America and the highways and byways of life with reckless abandon. She was married to a French performance artist and general lunatic at a young age before becoming a teen prostitute and zine writer. Later she met infamous musician and all round nutter Boyd Rice. Despite the best advice of friends she shacked up with Rice and had a child with him.
At times I couldn't help but wonder how on earth she ever survived all this chaos in her life but that's what people do, they survive. The only part that annoyed me about this book was that she made some obviously bad decisions (mainly involving her abusive relationship with Rice) and instead of just bluntly admitting that it was a poor choice she gets all philosophical about it. As if shacking up with an abusive alcoholic is some form of performance art that makes a deep point about society. Then again for her maybe it is....
All in all an interesting memoir and entertaining read.
sergant
This book is rad! It totally takes me back to being a teenage girl in the nineties. I may not have become mildly famous or birthed a skin head's baby but the rest i pretty much did do. I have often considered writing a story of my youth from that era and now I feel that I do not need to. It also made me go back and relearn some music.. underground stuff that I overlooked and now love. It also tamed my hatred of gg allin... i mean i still hate the guy, but not as much. over all it is worth a read. It is not profound or award winning material but it is entertaining and passes many bus rides.
Kashicage
A masterpiece. I didn't want it to ever end.