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Author: Mike Edison
ISBN13: 978-0865479647
Title: I Have Fun Everywhere I Go: Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World
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Language: English
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Publisher: Faber & Faber; First Edition edition (May 13, 2008)
Pages: 352

I Have Fun Everywhere I Go: Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World by Mike Edison



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I Have Fun Everywhere I Go is a heart-pounding, jealousy-inducing, kick in the teeth of a read. Edison has done it all and lived to write about. The perfect book for the armchair journalist-who wants to know what life is like on the seamy edge, but doesn't want to put his or her ass on the line to experience it in the flesh. While the subject matter might be lowbrow at best (covering pro wrestling) and downright sleazy at worst (reminiscing at length about penning 28 pornographic novels), "I Have Fun" is a rollicking joyride peppered with rip-roaring anecdotes that will end up eliciting unseemly guffaws. Lisa J. Curtis, Go Brooklyn. If your book's subtitle is Savage tales of pot, porn, punk rock, pro wrestling, talking apes, evil bosses, dirty blues, American heroes, and the most notorious magazines in the world, you have a lot to live up to-and somehow Mike Edison does.

I Have Fun Everywhere I Go is a heart-pounding, jealousy-inducing, kick in the teeth of a read. Much more important than food for the table or the starving children of wherever. A laugh-a-minute joyride through the back alleys of pre-internet sleaze culture. Half the time I spent reading this laugh-out-loud saga of depravity and mayhem, I found myself wishing I'd lived this life; the other half, I was thanking sweet heaven I didn't.

I Have Fun Everywhere I Gois a heart-pounding, jealousy-inducing, kick in the teeth of a read. Curtis,Go Brooklyn"If your book's subtitle is Savage tales of pot, porn, punk rock, pro wrestling, talking apes, evil bosses, dirty blues, American heroes, and the most notorious magazines in the world, you have a lot to live up to-and somehow Mike Edison does.

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. By the time the World Wrestling Federation show came on at midnight, we were soaring through the spaceways on the backs of those blotters. I had not watched wrestling since I was a kid. My father would pointedly show his disdain even then, although like most eight-year-olds, I was unprepared to argue whether wrestling was actually real or fake. But even if it was fake, who gave a flying fuck? So was Romeo and Juliet. Pro wrestling–inspired riff bashing and avant noise explorations like The Devastating Samoan Drop were more likely to inspire a hail of bottles than a shower of daisies. When we opened for the Ramones at Vassar College, shit started flying at us on the very first note. Someone even threw his shoes.

After dropping out of NYU, Edison toured Europe with various rock bands and worked for some of the sleazier porn magazines, all before landing a job at High Times. Edison has led an interesting life and is not shy about sharing all the details. Here he talks about "porn burnout" after writing up to seven titles a month for a porn book publisher: I felt as if I were being sucked dry by a select genus of horny leeches thriving on the salacious lexicon of low-brow literature

His 2008 memoir is I Have Fun Everywhere I Go: Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World (May 2008, Faber and Faber/Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Mike Edison, How Punk Rock Ruined My Life: The Best of Mike Edison, Vol. 1 (free digital download, ww. ockettrain.

I Have Fun Everywhere I Go is a rollicking, high-octane, always irreverent journey through the seamy side of the publishing industry. Mike Edison's résumé spans twenty years and a slew of notorious titles, including Screw, High Times, Penthouse, and Hustler

Color: I Have Fun Everywhere I Go Originally published in hardcover in 2008. We are here to help! General Interest. Edison seems to have nine lives and enjoys every moment of each of them to the fullest. His journey takes him around the world, but he always returns to magazine writing, and his insider scoop on these bizarre workplaces is what, finally, makes this memoir truly memorable. Cooler than Toby Young and more credible than James Frey. Will have you alternately envying Edison and being glad you've avoided such encounters.

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I Have Fun Everywhere I Go is a rollicking, high-octane, always irreverent journey through the seamy side of the publishing industry. Mike Edison’s résumé spans twenty years and a slew of notorious titles, including Screw, High Times, Penthouse, and Hustler. An Ivy League dropout who’s never looked back, Edison embarked on a career that’s landed him in the producer’s chair for one of the worst B movies of all time; on tour with the likes of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, GG Allin, and the Ramones; undercover at a religious cult; on a bender with Evel Knievel; feuding with Hulk Hogan; smoking dope with Ozzy Osborne; and authoring some twenty novels you wouldn’t want your mother to catch you reading—let alone writing. As the publisher of High Times, he battled almost daily with a rainbow brigade of unrepentant hippies plagued with short-term memory loss, and owners who treated their employees more like the tenants of a halfway house for potheads than a team of professional editors and writers, all while leading the magazine to record heights in sales and advertising. I Have Fun Everywhere I Go combines the fear and loathing of Hunter Thompson’s journalistic thrill rides with the acerbic insider voice of Toby Young. It’s an eye-opening, gleeful view of life on the edge—and the outlaws and oddballs encountered there.
Reviews: 7
Spilberg
Like Mike's life, the book rambles a little. Loved the Raunch Hands so I picked this up and I enjoyed the stories, even though he was more a hired hand and so we didn't get a whole lot of insight on the creative forces behind the band, more like road stories about dope and floozies. Which is fine, too. It took me 76 trips to the crapper to finish the book, which is higher than average, so kudos Mike. (If I decide to sell it used one day, that's what the 76 brown tick-marks inside the front cover designate)
Wel
Mike Edison is the world's leading explicator of how the ethos of Kayfabe (and other hucksterisms more real than reality) have overtaken the planet! (For the whole pic one needs to read his other books."
Nikobar
This was a great book to read. Mike was writing books for bookstores, a traveling musician, an editor and a publisher. I recommend this book if you are looking for real stories from someone who was there.
Kizshura
This guy is the best!
Ventelone
Starts with a brilliant quote from Little Richard.
It ain't what you eat. It's the way you chew it.
Little Richard

This author Mike Edison tells of his adventures writing and the publishing industry of the most infamous of all the smut of the counterculture. I suppose he has contributed to the Degeneracy of western culture. Some of his culture references are very funny for example he and an associate of his compares the publishing industry he is in to out "Post Darwinian Theory of Publishing Evolution Based on Planet of the Apes." The ruling class if the ape publishing world are like Dr Zayes. I think I have often said stuff like that but this guy has said it with great skill and lucidity. All the greatest or most disgusting aspects of our cultural are discussed. It is a very fast read....good with 3 shots of espresso. I give it 4 stars only because this filth has destroyed the western world. In a certain sense the author admits this. The book is a great conversation with the author. The paranoid history of High times and Tom Forcade was perhaps the most fascinating part.
PanshyR
I really enjoyed this book. Mike Edison has led a very interesting life, and he tells it with verve and pizzazz. The book is crammed with raunchy humor, punk rock, tales of excess, and unflattering tell-alls about B-grade celebrities. It also has stories of evil bosses and vicious office politics. What could be more interesting than the office politics at magazines like High Times and Screw? Mike Edison delivers all of this and much more, with a "heart punch" style of storytelling that does gonzo journalism proud.

Sure, it's a little over the top. It's also a bit self-indulgent (but what memoir isn't?). So what? It's still a rip-roaring yarn. And it's NEVER boring.

This is the most fun I've had with a memoir in a long time. For sheer reading pleasure, I rank it up there with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Danny Sugarman's Wonderland Avenue, and Miles Davis' autobiography. Good stuff here. So fill your cup and drink deeply. You won't be disappointed.
Jothris
I am a sucker for an entertaining autobiography, so I picked this little gem up at Watermark Books this past summer on the promise of the dustjacket alone, which features caricatures of Joey Ramone, Andy Warhol, Little Richard, Jerry Garcia, Ronald Reagan, Hulk Hogan, Larry Flynt and many other larger than life characters, like Mr. Edison himself. What really sold me about the dustjacket was the books' subtitle, which reads: Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World. For some reason, I hadn't decided to give it a go until just recently, while being bored to tears and giving up on Annie Dillard's latest novella, The Maytrees, which might have been more appealing were I not suffering a recent spell of ADD, an affliction which I seem to share with the author.

Mike Edison aka Lord Zeppelin (one of his anonymous pen names) took me on a wild ride going from punk band drummer to solo blues slide guitarist, smut mag to stoner mag, European tour to Asian wedding adventure, all without any apparent purpose other than to find some interesting things to write about in his autobiography one day, and that he did. There is no shortage of hilarious and interesting material here, and while I have to question his journalistic integrity from time to time, he is usually the first one to confess his own shortcomings in his relationships and in the workplace, so his tall tales carry much more credibility than that of say, I don't know, James Frey (A Million Little Pieces).

Make no mistake about it; Edison has no plans to sober up. This is not a coming-of-age tale, nor a rock-bottom to riches account. The amount of drugs he unabashedly consumes throughout the memoir is mind boggling, not due to the fact that he made it out alive, but because he was able to meet as many deadlines and complete as many writing and publishing assignments as he did. The type of magazines he worked for are not necessarily world class publications, but the author brought a level of professionalism to the offices of such noteworthy publications as "Screw", "Soft Drinks & Beer" and "High Times" that does not jibe with his otherwise anarchistic music career. His work ethic was inspired by the idea of "bringing something better to the bottle every day."

The most dramatic portion of the book recounts his stint at "High Times", commonly referred to as "that dope rag", in which Edison attempts to transform the office from a lazy stoner hangout into a high-octane, high circulation publishing empire. The staffers are heavily resistant to his mandate to cease smoking in the office during business hours, and he goes from being Editor and Publisher in Chief to "Head Fascist" in less than a year. Eventually, he is credited as being a producer for the High Times Potluck movie, featuring Jay of Jay and Silent Bob, which apparently went straight to DVD and is currently nowhere to be found for sale on the Net. You can however, purchase his most recent musical project, Edison Rocket Train Yes! Yes!! Yes!!!, however, I would highly recommend staying away from this noise and instead picking up a Jon Spencer Blues Explosion disc. Oh yeah, if you happen to love the Beatles, you might also want to stay away from this book, as he spends a fair amount of time rationalizing his distaste for the Sgt. Pepper album and Beatle-mania in general.

In the end, the pure entertainment value of this book and Edison's stories of a low brow lifestyle are through the roof, and his literary style and voice are much more advanced and coherent than I would have expected, but if you are looking for a story with any kind of redeeming social value, you will not find it here. Mike Edison has cemented his place in the literary canon as the hardest working screw up in show business.

Kristian Strom (Find More Book and Music Reviews at Kristian Strom Dot Com)
I Have Fun Everywhere I Go is Mike Edison's fast-paced journey along the fringes of journalism and the magazine publishing industry. It's forbidden territory, and so much of his experience deals with: pornography, illegal drug use, professional wrestling, and sleazy rock and roll.

A shameless Ivy League dropout, Edison writes with a sharp and refreshing wit, willing to risk it all by telling it all. He's been a producer for a horrible B movie; a band-aid on tours with the likes of The Ramones and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion; a spy at a religious cult meeting; a smoking buddy of Ozzy's; and, of course, a writer.

This is the perfect book for someone wanting to live on the edge but afraid of doing so. It's a seesaw ride in which one can't decide if she's more jealous of not having lived this life or thankful she hasn't.

--Christine Thelen

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