Wonderland Avenue: Tales of Glamour and Excess

Wonderland Avenue Tales of Glamour and Excess Excessive scandalous comic cautionary and horrifying it chronicles the s dream gone to rot and the early life of a Hollywood Wild Child who was just brilliant at being bad

Excessive, scandalous, comic, cautionary and horrifying, it chronicles the 60s dream gone to rot and the early life of a Hollywood Wild Child who was just brilliant at being bad.

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Wonderland Avenue: Tales of Glamour and Excess

  1. Daniel Stephen Sugerman aka Danny was the second manager of the Los Angeles based rock band The Doors, and wrote several books about Jim Morrison and The Doors.

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  1. I owe this book some fanmail It is a wonderland of uncut emotion Did it make me want to take drugs Maybe Right up until the point where it didn t It made me want to stick to my guns It made me want to live for something bigger than me There is nothing abstract about this book There is no compromise And that s who Danny is We get to know and love him through his singleminded pursuit of his rock n roll dream For him, there just never was another option How cool is that How vintage is that kind of [...]

  2. 3.5 stars Danny Sugerman was young, wealthy, poorly supervised, had a personality prone to obsession and no self control So certainly nothing bad could happen when he put himself under the tutelage of the Doors and then Iggy Pop, right I kept thinking to myself, When Jim Morrison is the voice of reason and moderation in your lifewhoo boy I read most of this book while sick in bed with the flu, so in a strange moment of synchronicity, I was shivering, sweat soaked and disgusting with virus, while [...]

  3. I think about my childhood A lot I think about all the television shows I watched, the books I read, the embarrassingly detailed drawings I drew of people, and all of the mildly gross substances I touched indoors and out just for the experience of doing something but it all seems goddamn boring every time I revisit this memoir.Look, I couldn t care any less about Jim Morrison or The Doors I don t find anything about him or the band appealing But EVERYTHING about Morrison and the band spoke to pr [...]

  4. Danny Sugarman quite simply wrote one of the best books ever about drug addiction He had a friendship with Jim Morrison in his formative years and claims to have later had sex with Morrison s widow which, kind of freaky that He also managed the career of Iggy Pop during some of his worst excesses and was friends with people ranging from Ray Manzarek to Mackenzie Phillips You ll have sympathy for Mackenzie and her troubles of late, if you don t already, when you read the story of Sugarman resusc [...]

  5. It s written from the hip, talky, autobiography, edgy for the early 90 s , and if you ve just read Scar Tissue, then you gotta read this.In a way its very cliche Another book about being a junkie in the rock biz At times, I had to shake my head in disgust at its excess But it s par for the course when you re dealing with the excesses of the 1970 s I had read Daniel Sugarmen s biography of Jim Morrrison in No One Here Gets Out Alive, when I was 17 and into that, so I had always wondered who was t [...]

  6. After reading Neil Strauss book The Dirt on Motley Crue terrible band, great book, also set in LA , I thought those guys won the award for excess However, they were close to 30 before they hit rock bottom after one particularly nasty incident where Vince Neil drove a motorcycle into a nightclub and had no recollection of it That incident seems trivial, after all Danny Sugerman was given a week to live at age twenty one I would hope that no one would seek to emulate him even if certain parts were [...]

  7. Danny Sugerman s book will probably attract Jim Morrison fans for its juicy gossip on the legendary singer, and they won t be disappointed Sugerman worked at The Doors business office when the band was at the peak of their career.Personally I enjoyed the book when a drugged out Sugerman managed an even drugged out Iggy Pop if such a task was possible during the glitter era early Seventies His accounts of the Sunset Strip scene back then are absolutely truthful I was there and the book took me [...]

  8. Having been obsessed with Jim Morrison in my high school years, this was a must read And even though Morrison is only seldom seen in this memoir, it doesn t matter The main character is heroin and the journey it takes Mr Sugerman on So damn good Have probably read this 6 times And have searched the Laurel Canyon area for the specific house on Wonderland Avenue that he writes about Just brilliant.

  9. The best book I ve read in a long time it s one of my all time favourites A must read for any Doors or Iggy Pop fan I almost feel jealous of the relationship Danny Surgarman had with Jim Morrison Very hard to put down A real page turner It s going to be hard to find a book to fill the void that Wonderland Avenue has left

  10. Mislead by the title and by some of the reviews, I bought this book expecting to read about Sugerman getting mixed up with the excesses of The Doors and Iggy Pop while working as their manager Instead, I got an autobiographic, tedious tale about a junkie who used to know famous musicians.Readers should be warned that in this sloppily written book, rock n roll is relegated to the background The story is strictly autobiographical about Sugerman, a rich teenager with daddy issues who got obsessed b [...]

  11. An eerie unsettling read If Brett Easton Ellis Less than Zero was rewritten as non fiction, it would come out like this account by the former road manager of The Doors This book picks it up from Sugerman s earlier biography of Jim Morrison with Jerry Hopkins entitled No One Gets Out of Here Alive Sugerman s hero worship of the Lizard King was so intense that he finished his earlier book with a rant about how Morrison might have been some higher kind of divine or diabolical power Wonderland Avenu [...]

  12. Danny Sugerman definitely had a very unique writing style I wouldn t say it s great writing but it feels personal and has a strong voice This book is Danny Sugerman s memoirs about his drug addiction, which occurred while he worked for The Doors, later becoming their second manager He was also Iggy Pop s manager Danny s love for music comes across in his writing but you can see how the drug addiction took over his life view spoiler Particularly when Danny believes his vinyl collection has been s [...]

  13. Although he is a big part of the Doors story, it s Sugerman s side of the story that I find interesting He started working for the Doors when he was a teenager and ended up as a manager of sorts.What you get through his eyes is the music and the music business via his eyes He sucked in the drugs as one sucks in air before they go underwater Which means he got into drugs way too much, but nevertheless he has one thing that helps he could write really well Some parts I just want to hide my eyes, [...]

  14. Wow How is it I have never read this book before Classic memoir of life in the fast lane with Jim Morrison, Iggy Pop and the whole Hollywood rock roll scene as major players Danny Sugerman should not have lived to tell this tale, but he did and it s a whopper of excess in all areas I laughed out loud in public so often during some chapters I had to stop reading or wet myself There are painful, sickening chapters as well because a like lived in this manner has to have some consequences This would [...]

  15. I m giving this book five stars, not because I bonded with the narrator, but because he made me think about drug addiction in a very intense, real way In truth, I didn t care much for Danny Sugarman, himself he was wildly self destructive and selfish but it was still fascinating to read about his travails, and it was also interesting to learn about the crazy music scene that existed in L.A in the sixties and seventies Also, the book has some laugh out loud funny moments, and is filled with scene [...]

  16. This book served to educate me about the perils of excess in the world of showbiz and Hollywood I have always been a fan of the music from the 60 s and 70 s so I felt compelled to read this Sugarmen makes you feel like you were there witnessing this tragic downfall of people who rose to fame quickly The excessive subtance abuse, makes you feel dirty and scared for the characters in this book Much like taking drugs, the ride is up and down, but well worth the experience This is a story that will [...]

  17. Danny Sugerman was the manager of the world s most notorious band, The Doors AND then a few years later he decided to manage Iggy Pop Add that to Sugerman s background of sleeping around and taking massive quantities of drugs you ve got the perfect bio.It s quite funny especially the Iggy Pop section and Sugarman can tell a great tale plus I like the way he pictures Los Angeles as this city stuffed with sleaze One of those bios that should be read.

  18. I found the writer s bouts of self aggrandisement in this book irritating, and found myself wondering what the rock stars that he liked to associate himself with honestly thought of him To summarise, kid gets into drugs, meets rock stars, takes drugs, goes downhill, meets rock stars, takes drugs, nearly dies, cleans up his act, finds a sympathetic publisher I did enjoy the sections that documented the excesses of Iggy Pop in the 70s though hence the three stars.

  19. This is by far the best book I have ever read, Once I was done with it, I felt empty because I wanted to keep reading, I felt like I knew Danny, I felt like he was next to me telling me detail by detail, it felt like a movie running through my mind, every word was an image This book is brilliant, and I have read it than twice, a must have for everyone who loves the 60 s and the 70 s Shine on you,crazy diamonds.

  20. This is certainly a fast paced memoir After a while I was getting tired of reading about how doped up the author was and just wanted him to break down and get some help I felt like the memoir was big on the lead in and light on the aftermath I understand that not taking junk is probably less interesting to write or read about than taking it was, but it sort of makes the book read like a glamorization of drugs, even though he vehemently writes about how terrible they are.

  21. i loved this book couldn t put it down can t believe danny actually lived to 50 and am taken with the way ray sticks with him, even through the really tough times this book has left me wanting to read sugarmanon to no one gets out of here alive

  22. one of my favorites reads like an action book filled with sex and drugs and rock and roll couldnt put it down read it 3 times

  23. This book is such a funny and honest look at The Doors and how this one lucky fan was able to end up working for them Danny Sugerman really speaks from the heart in Wonderland Avenue , truly outlining his life, from his upbringing to his progression into the music scene I ve been obsessed with The Doors forever, and I found this book to be my personal favourite depiction of them and their legacy I would recommend this book to anyone who s into classic rock, along with anyone who just likes a goo [...]

  24. I picked this book up as I d always been interested in the Doors It s a fascinating look into the life of Danny Sugerman I m so glad I read it The book had me gripped from the start It really is tales of excess and tragedy It would of been even better if some pictures have had been included of the better times at the house, Sunset Boulevard, Gigs etc but all in all a fascinating read

  25. I picked this up in a hotel room I was in recently I was in the middle of the best book I ve read in years The Sellout I leafed through and read the prologue, I put the book down 30 hours later Sad, exciting, scary and exhilarating all at once One of the best non fictions I ve read.

  26. At some point I wanted to slap this kid so hard in the face I was disgusted and angry but I kept reading cuz I really wanted to know what the hell is this crazy kid is going to do to himself, I hated him but in last chapter he won my sympathy and I loved him and I was happy for him.

  27. Forget about The Doors and The Stooges for one moment because, truthfully, this novel is not about Jim Morrison or Iggy Pop This memoir is about an emotionally neglected and misunderstood individual who searches for acceptance and an outlet for his energy As a preteen, Danny sought out the attention and acceptance of Jim Morrison a very suave, free thinking, and rebellious person In many ways Jim was the encouraging figure that Sugerman needed in his life More specifically, Jim was a father figu [...]

  28. Back dating reviews based on snips I find While scrolling through with a gift voucher in tow, this was one of the books I found myself immediately drawn to upon reading its description Tales of glamour and excess based in Hollywood that tends to be the kind of thing I go for I ve always been relatively interested in the early LA music scene as I ve always heard so many things about it and, in turn, have always been drawn to the era of true indulgence the epitome of the clich sex, drugs rock n ro [...]

  29. Danny Sugerman was your typical precocious twelve year old filled with the enthusiasms and natural extremes of exuberance that comes with youth His first was wrestling, the second was reptiles, which grew in greater proportions from his bedroom to the backyard and when there was a flood his menagerie became a neighborhood collection with turtles and snakes being captured blocks away Then came his parent s divorce and life took a turn for the worse in the form of his step father, Clarence, a man [...]

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