A Way Through Addiction
By Barney Hoskyns
Never Enough is Barney Hoskyns's raw, uncompromising and utterly compelling account of the highs and lows of life under the needle.
A few months after graduating with a 1st class honours degree from Oxford University, Barney Hoskyns sat in a damp Clapham basement and asked his best friend to inject him with heroin. From that moment on, for the next 20 years, Hoskyns is hopelessly hooked. This is the searingly honest story of what brought him to this place - and how he got himself out of it.
Barney Hoskyns is one of the leading music writers of our time: published by Faber in the UK, his books have ranged the musical landscape from Led Zeppelin to Tom Waits, from Laurel Canyon to Woodstock. His articles have appeared in the NME, Melody Maker, Rolling Stone and Vogue, and in 2000 he founded Rock's Backpages.
Hoskyns beautifully describes the relationship between music and addiction, between love and infatuation. Never Enough is Hoskyns's raw, uncompromising and utterly compelling account of the highs and lows of life under the needle. Interspersed with photos and diary entries, Hosykns examines why he so willingly gave himself up to the death-grip of heroin, and what it took to finally free himself from it.
Barney Hoskyns is the co-founder and editorial director of online rock-journalism library Rock's Backpages (www.rocksbackpages.com), and author of several books including Across the Great Divide: The Band & America (1993), Waiting for the Sun: Strange Days, Weird Scenes, & the Sound of Los Angeles (1996), Hotel California: Singer-Songwriters & Cocaine Cowboys in the LA Canyons (2005) and Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits (2009). A former US correspondent for MOJO, Hoskyns writes for Uncut and other UK publications, and has contributed to Vogue, Rolling Stone and GQ.
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26 Jan 2017
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Elegantly written, almost poetic at times, his (Hoskyns) book analyses the cause and effect of addiction and its vice-like grip on the body and mind — The Mail on Sunday
The music critic's journey is filled with the beautiful as much as the damned ... replete with insight into the price of cool and the infatuations that can tear us all apart — New Statesman
A powerful ... recollection of these lost years: vivid, impressionistic ... an ambitious, intelligent book — Andrew Anthony, The Observer
A completely compelling memoir of addiction and redemption. Hoskyns has taken a highly personal subject and created a bold and rewarding account in which we may all find purpose and value — Simon Garfield
A brilliantly-written memoir about the long route to freedom - a treatise on living and dying in an addictive and compulsive culture — James Fox
Never Enough, the fierce, unflinching memoir of addiction and recovery by Barney Hoskyns, is really something — Nicci French
Hoskyns's artful, intense Never Enough describes his all-consuming heroin addiction at NME, as well as his subsequent 30-year flight from it — Ted Kessler, Q
Erudite and ruminative memoir . . . his writing is worth savouring . . . Never Enough is substantial and satisfying — TLS