Dreamseller

Dreamseller
Author: Brandon Novak
Publsiher: Citadel
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2009-09-29
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 0806532203

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The pro skateboarder and Jackass star comes clean about fame, addiction, and the road to recovery in this candid memoir—forward by Tony Hawk. At seven, Brandon was a skateboard prodigy. By the time he was fourteen, he was living the dream. Discovered by skate legends Bucky Lasek and Tony Hawk, he started touring the U.S. with the elite Powell-Peralta team. Brandon had it all. Then he got hooked on heroin. Soon the up-and-coming star was living a down-and-out life in a garage, begging for change, and hustling to score his next fix. He stole from his family and friends. He pushed the fantasy that everything was okay, that he was going to rehab, getting help, and getting better. But it was all a lie. This is the story of an addict—a dreamseller who stopped believing the lies he was selling and started believing in himself. With the help of his celebrity buddy Bam Margera of Jackass fame, Brandon joined the cast of MTV’s Viva La Bam and made an honest reach for sobriety. The road was hard, and he had some falls. But like any great skateboarder, Brandon Novak was always determined to get up again. This edition includes 24 pages of photos and a new epilogue.


Skateboarding and the City

Skateboarding and the City
Author: Iain Borden
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2019-02-21
Genre: Architecture
ISBN: 1472583485

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Skateboarding is both a sport and a way of life. Creative, physical, graphic, urban and controversial, it is full of contradictions – a billion-dollar global industry which still retains its vibrant, counter-cultural heart. Skateboarding and the City presents the only complete history of the sport, exploring the story of skate culture from the surf-beaches of '60s California to the latest developments in street-skating today. Written by a life-long skater who also happens to be an architectural historian, and packed through with full-colour images – of skaters, boards, moves, graphics, and film-stills – this passionate, readable and rigorously-researched book explores the history of skateboarding and reveals a vivid understanding of how skateboarders, through their actions, experience the city and its architecture in a unique way.


The Streets of Baltimore

The Streets of Baltimore
Author: J. O. E. Frantz
Publsiher:
Total Pages:
Release: 2019-11-30
Genre:
ISBN: 9780578602769

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Brandon Novak (Jackass, the CKY Video Series, etc.) comes clean about his heroin addiction, in the bookthat takes you on a dope binge from the streets of Baltimore to the film set of the classic TV show, MTV's Viva La Bam!SYNOPSIS:Brandon Novak was a teenage skateboarder. He rode for the elite Powell-Peralta team, but his lust for heroin led to a junkie's destiny on the streets of Baltimore. Dope dens, arrests, rehabs, and drug-tortured love triangles were business as usual for Novak, until his childhood friend and Jackass alumnus Bam Margera guided him to fame on MTV's Viva La Bam. Novak's newfound stardom led him down a self-destructive path that forced him to confront his past, and sculpt his future.A suspenseful action-packed biography, interspersed with moments of insight, humor, and inspiration.Over fifty pages of rare color photos, authentic arrest records, and court documents!ABOUT BRANDON NOVAK: Brandon Novak is a motivational speaker, actor, skateboarder, MTV celebrity, model, author, and recovered addict.


Narratives of Addiction

Narratives of Addiction
Author: Kevin McCarron
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 222
Release: 2022-01-03
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 3030884619

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Narratives of Addiction: Savage Usury is the first book to argue, in the face of more than a century’s received wisdom, that drug addiction and alcoholism are undoubtedly evidence of individual moral flaws. However, the sense of morality that underlies this book is completely severed from Christianity. Instead, it is influenced in particular by the writings of the nineteenth-century German philosophers Arthur Schopenhauer and Frederick Nietzsche, both of whom insisted that a genuine morality was actually incompatible with Christianity. The sequence of chapters moves from addictions on the streets, into rehab clinics, and finally into the meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. This is the first book to argue that the search for pleasure drives alcoholism and drug addiction and not the “numbing of pain”. Throughout the book I reject the claims of the medical profession, as embodied by the American Medical Association, that drug addiction and alcoholism are diseases, and further argue that they do not have the authority to tell hundreds of millions of Americans that addiction is not a moral failing. I also query throughout the book the claims of neuroscience, psychology, and the social sciences that addictions to alcohol and drugs are attributable to causes that their specific disciplines are best suited to understand. I argue that there is nothing complex about addiction: it is a simple behavioural disorder. The language routinely employed to discuss addiction is similarly not complex, just confused, and so it is also the rhetoric of addiction discourse, especially its use of simile, metaphor and euphemism, that this book evaluates.


The Brandon Novak Chronicles

The Brandon Novak Chronicles
Author: Joe Frantz
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 124
Release: 2018-06
Genre:
ISBN: 9780692127896

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During Brandon Novak's twenty-year stint as a heroin addict, he was a pro skateboarder, MTV celebrity (Viva La Bam, Bam's Unholy Union), a Jackass alumnus, star of Bam Margera's legendary CKY (Camp KillYourself) film series, and author of his best-selling memoir Dreamseller.Conversely, he's been arrested and jailed several dozen times!He's been homeless, and survived multiple drug ODs! He's escaped scores of self-induced life-threatening situations!So enjoy these outrageous tragic and comedic chapters from Novak's sordid yet victorious life, The Brandon Novak Chronicles.