By Mike Doughty
Mike Doughty first got here to prominence because the chief of the band Soul Coughing then did an abrupt sonic left flip, a lot to the shock of his viewers, starting to be a solo performer of stark, dusky, yet unusually hopeful tunes. He battled dependancy, gave up status while his outdated band used to be on the top of its recognition, drove millions of miles, on my own, throughout the USA, with simply an acoustic guitar. His candid, hilarious, self-lacerating memoir, The booklet of Drugsfeaturing cameos through Redman, Ani DiFranco, the overdue Jeff Buckley, and othersis the tale of his band’s upward thrust and sour cave in, the haunted and darkly comical lifetime of dependancy, and the even perhaps more strange global of restoration.
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But then, the security services came out with the ruling that persons who had previously been Austrian citizens could not be accepted into the Royal Air Force. So I had to resign myself to entering the engineering course in Cambridge. Those were not good times to start at the University. The courses were all shortened so as to make more manpower available for the war effort. The great departments such as the Cavendish physics laboratory were drained of talent. Much of the gentle lifestyle of Cambridge had been abandoned.
But will this cover the case when one man is put in command of the lives of hundreds, or thousands, or indeed millions of others? How can it? There could not possibly have been enough cases of that sort for natural selection to develop an appropriate response. Back to Cambridge The release from internment after 9 months happened when a benevolent man from the Home Office in London came over to sort things out. Of course, since we had no identity papers, he had to trust each person that he was who he said he was.
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