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Mike Doughty first came to prominence as the leader of the band Soul Coughing then did an abrupt sonic left turn, much to the surprise of his audience, transforming into a solo performer of stark, dusky, but strangely hopeful tunes. He battled addiction, gave up fame when his old band was at the height of its popularity, drove thousands of miles, alone, across America, with just an acoustic guitar. His candid, hilarious, self-lacerating memoir, The Book of Drugs-featuring cameos by Redman, Ani DiFranco, the late Jeff Buckley, and others-is the story of his band’s rise and bitter collapse, the haunted and darkly comical life of addiction, and the perhaps even weirder world of recovery.

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The Book of Drugs
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Doughty on Drugs
April 14th, 2013
I've never thought of Soul Coughing as a band of particularly close friends, but even so the acidic atmosphere prevalent during those three epic albums, Ruby Vroom, Irrestible Bliss and El Oso, as described by front man Mike Doughty himself, comes as a surprise. Doughty describes Soul Coughing as his muse and prison for nearly a decade, and it wasn't until he came clean and sought psychiatric help that he left and the band broke up. The sketches of the early-90s music scene in downtown New York are priceless, with Ani DiFranco and Jeff Buckley making cameo appearances.
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