Mike Doughty is an American indie and alternative rock singer-songwriter and author. He led the band Soul Coughing in the 1990s, and in the 2000s, became a solo artist. His best known songs include "Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well" "I Hear the Bells", and "Busting Up a Starbucks."
On Feb. 1, Da Capo Press releases The Book of Drugs, Mike Doughty's enthralling memoir of his life, career, addiction, and the doomed-from-the-start, eight-year roller coaster ride of his former band, Soul Coughing.
"If heroin still made me feel like I did the first time, and kept making me that way forever -- kept working -- I might've quite happily accepted a desolate, marginal life and death," writes Doughty in the introduction to The Book of Drugs. It's a funny, haunted, unusual tale, in which no one -- bandmates, producers, fans, A&R reps, fellow musicians such as Jeff Buckley and Redman, and least of all Doughty himself -- is spared. The book is arranged without chapters; it's a stream-of-consciousness series of vignettes spanning his army-brat childhood, the music world in the 90s, and his current decade-plus clean.