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Waiting for the Man: The Story of Drugs and Popular Music
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher William Morrow & Co
Publication date August 1, 1989
Binding Hardcover
Edition Reissue
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780688089610
ISBN-10 0688089615
Availability§ Out of Print
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $18.95
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Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description: In this book Harry Shapiro examines the time-honoured association between drugs and popular music. He begins with a brief discussion of Western drug-taking before drugs were made illegal in America by the Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914, but the twin rise of jazz and marijuana in the early 1920s heralds the real start of his survey. Each development in popular music has brought with it a new fashion in drugs; Shapiro catalogues these trends and relates them to sociological factors such as race, class and society's attitude towards musicians. He tells in detail the stories of many famous victims of drug abuse, from Charlie Parker to Sid Vicious, and provides evidence of collusion between the drugs and music industries. Shapiro also examines contemporary press accounts of well-known drug arrests, such as those of the Rolling Stones and Boy George, and considers with some irony the 1980s phenomenon of pop stars crusading against drug abuse. Throughout it all, organized crime plays an intermittent but sinister part.

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Reissue edition from William Morrow & Co (August 1, 1989)
9780688089610 | details & prices | List price $18.95
About: In this book Harry Shapiro examines the time-honoured association between drugs and popular music.
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from Helter Skelter Ltd (November 1, 2003)
9781900924580 | details & prices | 352 pages | 5.00 × 7.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.84 lbs | List price $18.95
About: From marijuana and jazz, through acid-rock and speed-fuelled punk, from crack-driven rap to Ecstasy and the dance generation, this is the definitive history of drugs and pop.
Rev upd edition from Helter Skelter Ltd (September 1, 1999)
9781900924085 | details & prices | 6.25 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $18.95
About: Drugs counsellor and rock journalist Shapiro documents the favoured drug of each era of pop history and studies in detail the most famous casualties-Charlie Parker, Hendrix, Keith Moon, Jim Morrison et al-while examining the disturbing collusion between two billion-dollar industries.

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