A Fast History of Amphetamine


Elvis Presley, the Hell’s Angels, Hunter S. Thompson, Truman Capote, the Beatles, Judy Garland, Hank Williams, Jack Kerouac, Johnny Cash, JFK, the Manson Family and Adolf Hitler. All of the above were, at one time or another, to put it bluntly, speedfreaks.

Speed-Speed-Speedfreak traces the criminal and cultural use of amphetamine and its growing use through each new and destructive cycle. Speed is both one of the biggest social problems facing the country today, an indispensible component of the doctor’s medicine bag, and a huge and abiding influence on artists, musicians and writers.

Formatted in the shape of an amphetamine capsule, this book presents award-winning author Mick Farren’s examination of the curious history of America’s secret addiction to speed, both in its political and cultural manifestations.

  • Ingenious, one-of-a-kind book that looks just like the subject it covers!
  • Two-color photos, illustrations throughout.

Mick Farren was the former lead singer of The Deviants and the author of more than forty books.

“[Speed-Speed-Speedfreak] is cleverly formatted in the shape of an amphetamine capsule and is full of Mick Farrenisms: with reference to Hitler at his most tweaked, he’s described as “high as a swastika-decorated kite.” Farren and his publisher Feral House (legendary for their controversial tomes) have provided a sometimes fun, sometimes scary, always fascinating look at one of the most popular items in the recreational pharmacopoeia. Speed may kill, but its history teaches us a lot about human nature.” — Michael Simmons, High Times



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Unusual Capsule Shape | 208 Pages • Illustrations, Two Color Interior | ISBN: 978-1-932595-82-6