Too High, Too Far, Too Soon: Tales from a Dubious Past

By Simon Mason

Too excessive, Too some distance, Too quickly is the funny, tragic and searingly sincere memoir of a guy who survived adolescence tragedy, Catholic boarding college and protracted drug addiction.

Simon Mason graphically information his adventure of juvenile angst in a tatty beach city prior to he ran away to London after which onwards to the crack-infested streets of los angeles. He recounts his a number of decadent adventures at Glastonbury pageant and the notoriety that got here in the course of his stint as own chemist to the most important bands of the '90s, prior to he himself descended right into a helpless interval of heroin addiction.

After a number of incidents of petty crime stemming from his drug challenge, Simon introduced various failed makes an attempt to turn into a bona fide rock 'n' roll big name or even extra failed makes an attempt to get fresh, ultimately being ‘rescued’ by means of Banksy from a stolen camper van, lined in blood within the Spanish countryside.

Too excessive, Too some distance, Too Soon is a rock 'n' roll memoir with a distinction, written via a guy who lived the lifestyles and attained the drug conduct of the main severe rock stars, but whose makes an attempt to wreck via to the large time constantly eluded him.

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I used to be again within the park practicing the wonderful paintings of passing out the following day and the subsequent after which each day after that, climate allowing. the results of my endeavours used to be that the purpose of oblivion speedily began to take longer to arrive – a incontrovertible fact that didn’t pass omitted by way of my new pals, who have been speedy to recognize my efforts through, among different issues, truly chatting with me with no feeling the necessity to ‘borrow’ funds and not ‘accidentally’ strolling off with my fags. i used to be ‘in’ with the disasters and so they have been wonderful – such a lot of them, besides. Hysterically eloquent in stoned common sense, captivated with tune, outfits and smoking dope, they seemed cool, talked in a language that made experience to me, brought me to bands I’d by no means heard of and not as soon as advised me i used to be a waste of area just like the bastards at my institution had normally been doing for a very long time. What’s to not like? We outfitted absurdly outsized joints, obtained stoned utilizing chillums, bathtub bongs, bucket bongs, cider-bottle bongs, Ouzo-bottle bongs and scorching knives. occasionally we’d simply consume lumps of hash while just a ‘pure’ nation of overall catatonia might do or we didn’t have any fags, constantly with tune to supply a soundtrack to the day’s/night’s lawsuits. If we have been feeling refined and have been at Doug the Slug’s flat, we listened to Miles Davis and the Velvet Underground whereas donning sun shades and chain-smoking all evening. I felt a part of anything. learning album sleeves whereas researching new bands, or certainly new ‘old’ bands, getting stoned, ingesting cider and attempting to glance cool whereas putting out within the park looked to be a need which will live on the boredom of my seashore city, and the addition of inexpensive pace to my bloodstream quickly supplied a virtually Olympian skill to speak utter nonsense whereas doing so. We ranted opposed to Thatcher and the ‘System’, the dole place of work and what sort of difficulty you needed to tolerate on your unfastened funds, now not that many folks have been the right age to be at the dole. the possibility of signing on turned whatever to appear ahead to – nearly as though it have been the subsequent ceremony of passage required to be a completely fledged failure and all that encompassed, which used to be via now the sum overall of my goals. not anything fairly occurred because the time handed, occasionally sedately, occasionally flushed with the linoleum sparkle of amphetamines. It didn’t actually matter as we have been completely stoned, within the means of getting stoned, or understanding the methods and capability to get as stoned as attainable, once attainable. it may possibly sound uninteresting and lots more and plenty of the time it most likely was once, yet simply because we have been regularly stoned, it didn’t appear to subject. along with, if boredom is a need of youngster and formative years is wasted at the younger, it appeared top to be wasted continually. i assumed a few lot of ‘stuff’ whilst i used to be wrecked, even if I not often remembered a lot of it the next day. yet after all that didn’t topic both. I simply received stoned, inspiration a few diversified type of stoned innovations, then forgot all of them all over again. so long as there has been a stereo, a few vinyl, booze and dope, all used to be good.

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