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Cant Find My Way Home: America in the Great Stoned Age, 1945–2000

Can't Find My Way Home: America in the Great Stoned Age, 1945–2000

: Martin Torgoff.


: Simon & Schuster INC (2004 .)

paperback, 543 .

ISBN: 978-0-7432-3011-7

: 643 .


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Can't Find My Way Home: America in the Great Stoned Age, 1945–2000.

From the narcotic allure of the bebop and Beat generations to the psychedelic 1960s, Vietnam, the cocaine-fueled disco era, the crack epidemic, and the ecstasy-induced rave culture, illegal drugs have profoundly shaped America's cultural landscape. The author of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award winner American Fool: The Roots and Improbable Rise of John Cougar Mellencamp, as well as a documentary filmmaker, Martin Torgoff here chronicles what a long strange trip it's been as the American Century became the Great Stoned Age. "Twelve years in the writing, Torgoff's magnum opus is an anecdotal history of the movement of the DEA's schedule-one drugs (narcotics, amphetamines, cocaine, psychedelics, MDMA, and marijuana) from the underground toward the mainstream. From the 1940s to the present, from jazz musicians hooked on heroin to ravers rolling on ecstasy, this lively inquiry often gets the straight dope from the users themselves. (Torgoff was one, too; though he writes only fleetingly about himself, he's in his fourteenth year of sobriety.)... Witholding judgment, he quotes those who use drugs to expand their consciousness, or those who see inequalities in the prosecution of drug use, with a respect equal to those who've become addicted and sought recovery. There may still be little consensus in public opinion regarding drugs, but Torgoff's belief in straight talk and informed decision making is a tonic."—Booklist

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