American Junkie

American Junkie

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"In American Junkie, Tom Hansen takes us non-stop into a land of desperate addicts, failed punk bands, and brushes with sad fame, selling drugs during the Seattle grunge years. It's a story that maps his heroin addiction, from the promise of a young lifeto the prison of a mattress, from budding musician to broken down junkie, drowning in syringes and cigarette butts, shooting heroin into wounds the size of softballs, and ultimately, a ride to a hospital for a six-month stay and a painful self-discovery that cuts down to the bone. Through it all he never really loses his step, never lets go of his smarts, and always projects quintessential American reason, humor, and hope to make a story not only about drugs, but a compelling study of vulnerability and toughness"--
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Soft Skull Press, [2017]
Edition: Soft Skull Press Edition 2017
ISBN: 9781593766641
Branch Call Number: 362.29092 H1986H 2017


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Hansen’s memoir chronicling addiction, recovery, and the Seattle music scene during the grunge era.

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Aug 27, 2019

A quick read (about 250 pp.) Hansen covers his own developing heroin addiction which eventually evolves into him becoming an addict and dealer. He played in several Seattle bands (pre-grunge /1980s; The Fartz, 10 minute Warning). He eventually is supplying notorious junkies in the “grunge” era (Cobain, Stayley, Lanegan) but he never develops a “poor me,” “I was forced into it” philosophy. Always a straight forward look at himself and his addiction and recovery. He managed to survive and recover when so many others did not. Not a pleasant or pretty read but Hansen provides a honest introspection which provides a glimpse of hope into a usually hopeless, depressing, tragic tale.


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