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 loved Artie's second book. Although it is not as fun as the first, it really delves into the world of addiction. Almost everyone is affected by this disease and Artie shows that it certainly doesn't discriminate with the rich and famous. Only thing that would have made it better was if Artie narrated it himself.
Very honest and sad and heartbreaking. All stern fans adore Artie and it was hard to read how bad things got off air but it's well written and very very good
Great narration to understand the mood and his struggle. You can feel the emotion of the author coming through and relate to the story as we all know a tragic situation of a friend, colleague, inour circle or community that once you hear it, you can't believe it. Even shocked to a degree especially when the person had everything going for them.
I love Artie Lange and don't blame him at all for not reading this story. I loved it and was captivated the entire time. If you are an Artie fan you won't be disappointed.
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