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Simon Mason
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6 Jun 2013

Too High, Too Far, Too Soon is the humorous, tragic and searingly honest memoir of a man who survived childhood tragedy, Catholic boarding school and chronic drug addiction.

Simon Mason graphically details his experience of teenage angst in a tatty seaside town before he ran away to London and then onwards to the crack-infested streets of LA. He recounts his numerous decadent adventures at Glastonbury Festival and the notoriety that came during his stint as personal chemist to the biggest bands of the '90s, before he himself descended into a helpless period of heroin addiction.

After several incidents of petty crime stemming from his drug problem, Simon launched numerous failed attempts to become a bona fide rock 'n' roll star and even more failed attempts to get clean, finally being 'rescued' by Banksy from a stolen camper van, covered in blood in the Spanish countryside.

Too High, Too Far, Too Soon is a rock 'n' roll memoir with a difference, written by a man who lived the life and attained the drug habits of the most extreme rock stars, yet whose attempts to break through to the big time always eluded him.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (6 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780576315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780576312
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Simon Mason was the rock 'n' roll doctor" (Alan McGee)

"Simon writes very honestly about a job many people think is cool, others rely upon and more think is scum. He details the associated highs that came with being a drug dealer to rock stars and the personal lows that came afterwards" (James Brown, founding editor of Loaded)

"[Simon Mason] may have been a crappy junkie, a drug-dealing chancer, but when his writing flows and you are honking out of pure revulsion, then you see he always had the talent he needed. He was just looking in the wrong place. Here is a born teller of tales, who in between the highs and lies, gets you in the gut, leaving you with belly laughs and hope" (Suzanne Moore)

"Nothing's more boring than a drugs memoir. Not this one though. Buy it" (Irvine Welsh)

"A remarkable memoir" (London Evening Standard)

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A fast-paced, gritty memoir about the rock 'n' roll dream, drug addiction, petty crime and the long road to recovery

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read This Now 13 Jun 2013
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In 'Too High, Too Far, Too Soon', Simon Mason, who is seven year's clean and counting, is to British drug and music culture in the 1980s and 1990s what Edith Wharton was to the Gilded Age in late nineteenth century New York: an insider/outsider whose ambivalence towards the sliver of history they lived through is their biggest asset. But while Wharton projected her anxiety about her society onto the tragic, fictional figure of Lily Bart in 'The House of Mirth', Mason has no such luxury: he IS the tragic figure of his story. Not that this stops Mason from writing hilariously and perceptively about his slide into heroin addiction during the rise of Brit-pop in the 1990s. Quite simply, self-deprecation is taken to new artistic and expletive-laden heights in this book as a Smiths fan gets addicted to crack in LA in the 1980s and starts to deal drugs to most of the bands on Creation Records in London in the 1990s before heroin becomes his best friend until the mid-2000s. Mason also manages to craft his dalliances with the music industry both drug- and singer-songwriter-related into memorable episodes of lunacy that lend the memoir a propulsive narrative that is (whisper it) eminently cinematic. Addiction may have drained the colour out of Mason's life by the time he found himself in Terry's bedroom in Camden in the late 1990s, but he knows what he saw at Glastonbury and in London in 1994, and he manages to imbue these moments of musical and narcotic import with the spirit of the 1960s, the other memorably kaleidoscopic explosion of music and culture in Britain during the twentieth century that changed everything. Still, despite his evocative recreation of the Brit-pop era in this memoir, Mason is no romantic: not even he is willing to defend the album 'Be Here Now' by Oasis. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Real Life Riveting Read 28 Jun 2013
By Aidan P
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To High Too Far Too Soon is a like a boxing encounter, with each staggering blow you want to look away yet the style is so honest and enthralling that you are unable. The reason you can't put this book down is because ultimately you're willing Simon Mason to victory in a fight against his mutually dependent enemies, namely himself and the drugs that initially proved such an attractive refuge from teenage trauma. The skill lies in maintaining an empathy that you never lose from start to finish and at every page turn has you screaming - don't do it!

To enjoy the book might seem like a misplaced thing to say, as it is not undemanding of the senses but you do find yourself darkly amused by the perfectly surreal, yet real life characters and encounters. The memories are direct yet charismatic enough to convince you to push on through the adventure and excitement of Mason's introduction to a liberating world, whilst all the time knowing that at some stage you will be hit by a dark brooding tsunami of body fluids. Those of a weak constitution might not stay the course?

The book is at its best when giving you a real sense of the desperation that drives every aching moment of an addict hunting down his next fix. So much so that the agitation and angst can be felt through every four letter word. The descriptions of the gargantuan forces that drive a user to sacrifice almost everything and indeed nearly everyone are by far the most compelling. There are some clunky moments and not every chapter flows as well as it could, clearly some were harder to write than others; and occasionally some recollections felt like they were twisted to fit the narrative but these are few and far between.

Simon's story offers only a glimpse of a parallel world in to which most of us are never likely to venture yet it works superbly and is thoroughly engaging; enough to have you wholeheartedly celebrating the survivor, a life worth living and a talent reborn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly honest. 10 Feb 2014
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I expected this to be totally put-down-able, but it wasn't - and actually I found it a lot less shocking and a lot more informative than I thought I would.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally unputdownable 4 Feb 2014
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I've never reviewed a book on Amazon before but just had to say how moving, brilliant, articulate and funny Too High, Too Far, Too Soon is. I felt like I was living through it too. Finished it last week and just read it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tough read, but worth it! 12 Oct 2013
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It's a little misleading to say that the book is about being a drug dealer to rock bands, because that was only a small portion of the book. (There was a section about dealing to Oasis, though, which was hilarious.)

But it's really insightful for anyone who has never personally witnessed/experienced drug addiction. It tackles myths like the idea that being addicted is a choice, as in, people start doing drugs because they're just slackers who have no ambition, and it looks at the complexity of living a lifestyle that you know is wrong, but not being completely willing to escape.

It's not all dark though, and I found that until the last quarter or so of the book, it's quite fun and exciting! And by the last section, I was so committed that I was racing through even the tougher stuff, just because I needed to see it all work out. And when it did, it was totally rewarding. I may have cried just a little.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars definately a must read book 21 Jun 2013
By Alison
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This is an excellent book! Amazing and inspiring true story, a must read for all! Gonna recommend to all my friends!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 18 Jun 2013
By Anna
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Even if you didnt party hard in the 90s you know people who did. This is a fantastic book - and a trip down memory lane. Its not just about drugs - its about being dealt a bad hand and coming full circle. Love this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wretched, compelling and beautifully, brutally honest
I challenge anyone not to devour Simon's story with the same voracious appetite as our subject does his poisons. Read more
Published 2 days ago by KatieM
5.0 out of 5 stars Left a tear in my eye
Great book about Simon's journey through hell and back, sometimes laugh out loud funny,sometimes harrowing. The book is very well written and hard to put down. Read more
Published 9 days ago by James Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars High enough, Far enough, not soon enough! Wish I had this years ago!
This just needs to be read by everyone! Absolutely first class words and insight into a world where many dare not to tread! Buy this book, guaranteed to make you laugh and despair! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
This book will grab you by the balls and one minute have you laughing and the next have you crying . It's a honest and brutal story . Read more
Published 3 months ago by huyton fattie mum
5.0 out of 5 stars superb!
Brilliant book, could hardly put it down. Anyone thinking taking drugs is cool should read this. It might just save your life.
Published 3 months ago by Mark Prout
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't stop reading
I was scouring the internet for 'first hand offender accounts' for a university assignment, when I came across an interview with Simon Mason. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tabea
5.0 out of 5 stars shake along with him
Great read. The author takes you on a dark journey into the world of drug abuse and addiction. But the real story is how he came out the other side of a long dark tunnel to turn... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Samuel Hemming
5.0 out of 5 stars Style & Substances
For anyone who thinks they've read a drug memoir - you haven't until you've read this one. Mason tells his tale with the honesty, brutality and wit of a man who was first a writer... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dr Pop Culture
1.0 out of 5 stars Like a group therapy class you can't leave.
Boy feels alienated, takes drugs.
Too many drugs make the boy more alienated.
Boy gives drugs to a few famous people. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Domino Woodstock
1.0 out of 5 stars None
dreadfully dull.I felt almost ripped off by this.Essentially the same anecdote repeated over and over."I got wasted.I stole some money.I stayed in denial"
Published 5 months ago by rusty3
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