At a high point in his career, Artie Lange performed a sold-out show in Carnegie Hall-and he did it with a pocketful of heroin. In the midst of a deep, self-destructive depression, addicted to heroin, cocaine, and prescription drugs, he lashed out at everyone around him - from his cohosts on The Howard Stern Show to celebrity guests and even his longtime friends.Then came his legendary meltdown on-air, with 6 million people listening, after which Lange pulled himself together enough to go to a buddy's bachelor party in Amsterdam. He never made the party, but instead used the trip as an opportunity to hole up in his hotel room with a prostitute and do drugs.
By turns dark and harrowing, hilarious and poignant, and always drop-dead honest, Crash and Burn is a blow-by-blow account of Lange's years of addiction, a suicide attempt (which he relates in terrifying detail), hitting rock bottom, stints in rehab, and painful relapses. With the help and support of friends and family, Lange manages to recover and get his life and career back on track. And despite his slip-ups, backslides, and permanent losses, Artie Lange forges on.
From drugs to sports to falling in love, Lange tells all in Crash and Burn, the story of his life that is as shocking as it is funny, ever tempered by his characteristic humor, self-awareness, and inimitable way with words.
©2013 Arthur Lange, Jr. (P)2013 Tantor
I understand that Artie wanted to submit his profession of love for Adrienne. However it dragged a great memoir. The narration wasn't bad. I would have loved it more if I heard Artie's voice.
All and all it was a good story and entertaining.
It's hard to listen to a talented guy like this essentially just wallow in despair. It's not cynicism... It's just sad.
I love historical fiction, history (especially WWII), rock bios, well-told and interesting fiction, non-fiction, & a bit of fantasy sci-fi.
A hallmark or The Howard Stern Show is their straight up honesty and it seems to have rubbed off on Artie Lange because what you get here is a big dose of reality and truthfulness, as a rising star succumbs to drug addiction, mania, near suicide and the perils of dealing with fame built on a trying and hard life.
Not only for Stern fans. This book will appeal to all who enjoy a book loaded with humour and emotion and a rousing good story.
I'm glad I didn't take note of some of the bad reviews. This is truly a great listen. Artie was funny, witty and honest. I left with more of an appreciation for him.
Big fan of Artie and I needed some closure from him leaving the Stern Show. At the end of the book when he says that he wrote the book for the money. I think that is the only truthful statement in the book. I was a loyal listener to Stern for many years until he started to have sour shoes do impressions of Artie on the show. The book left me with more unanswered question and really bummed me out about what happened. At the end of the book I thought one of the unnamed people Artie hated was going to be obviously Stern but then he profusely thank him. Why Artie...Why?
Very good book with lots of stories of Arties life in and out of sobriety
Realism could feel the pain
Yes kept me wanting to hear what was coming next
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