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'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
Not all of us who have attempted suicide have the kind of money Artie has but we do all have the same feelings he has. Deep down we all want and need to be truly loved. My wife died of breast cancer over 4 years ago and I am still alone and incredibility lonely. Some of us can even have lots of "friends" and still be lonely, I think that celebrities are more likely to be lonely like that than really poor people like me. I've been hurt physically pretty bad and nothing has ever hurt me more than the lack of true friends and one good woman.
Artie tells you everything in this book. Leaves zero out. All his faults and demons left on the table for all to see and it's incredible. I wish Artie the best and hope the worst is forever behind him.
Mind blowing stories at times ....he takes everything to extremes in every area of his life. Which Makes him infinitely interesting.....I like hearing details about the stern show, Artie goes into his time working on the show...I really enjoyed those details in this book & Artie pays tribute to all of the people on the show. He described how supportive Howard was and the rest of the staff when Artie was on a bumpy path. Howard Stern has this very loving, compassionate side that people don't often hear about. Artie's stories are outrageous and entertaining it's easy to root for Artie, great book!
Incredible story of this guys roller coaster life. He is funny in person, but it was extremely entertaining to hear about his dark side.
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