Speed-Speed-Speedfreak: A Fast History of Amphetamine

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Elvis Presley, the Hell’s Angels, Hunter S. Thompson, Truman Capote, the Beatles, Judy Garland, Hank Williams, Jack Kerouac, Johnny Cash, JFK, the Manson Family and Adolf Hitler. All of the above were, at one time or another, to put it bluntly, speedfreaks.


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Speed-Speed-Speedfreak traces the criminal and cultural use of amphetamine and its growing use through each new and destructive cycle. Speed is both one of the biggest social problems facing the country today, an indispensible component of the doctor’s medicine bag, and a huge and abiding influence on artists, musicians and writers.

Formatted in the shape of an amphetamine capsule, this book presents award-winning author Mick Farren’s examination of the curious history of America’s secret addiction to speed, both in its political and cultural manifestations.

The book that looks just like the subject it covers!

Mick Farren is the former lead singer of The Deviants and the author of more than forty books.

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Author Mick Farren
Publisher Feral House Books
Page Count 175pp
Publication Size 4.5 x 8.5
Publication Notes two-color photos, illustrations throughout, die cut/pill shaped
Publication Date August 1, 2010
ISBN 978-1932595826

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