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Too High, Too Far, Too Soon: Tales from a Dubious Past by [Mason, Simon]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1864 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Digital (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CA88JJE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,258 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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20 Years of hell.
Simon Mason has endured the toughest assault course known to man and been lucky to escape with his life (unlike some of his cohorts). He's experienced the highest of highs, the lowest of lows, humiliation, had his esteem removed by force in public, endured living hell, associated with the scum of the earth and some of the biggest stars in the world at the same time. He's seen vast amounts of money given to worthless individuals, seen loyalties broken by the lowest form of turn coats and some amazing acts of humanity too. Similarly I have supported Liverpool FC so can empathise with his plight.
Simon Mason has also written a very good book about the 20 years or so he spent as a drug addict. It's like Trainspotting but true, A Million Little Pieces but English or Adam and Paul on paper.
Too High Too Far follows Si's coming of age in the mid-late eighties and nineties and his refusal to grow up until the end of both the noughties (and very nearly his life). Like a lot of people Si started dipping his toe in the toxic footbath of bacchanalia in his late teens got into the raves and then Brit Pop, but unlike a lot of people who knew where to draw the line Si had demons to smother, which he did with the hardest of drugs in the furthest of places. Years passed as his daily focus was curing the morning Masonic handshake by ingesting the foulest most addictive substances he could acquire.
The book like substances he abused is very addictive. One of the best reads I've njoi'd this year, and also a chance to shamelessly plug
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