New book! Riding So High – The Beatles and Drugs

'Dear sir or madam, will you read my book?'

This is a personal post from this site's creator, Joe. I'm very proud to present my first book. It's a full-length biography called Riding So High – The Beatles and Drugs, and is available as a paperback (364 pages) and ebook (super low price). Click here to order.

It has eleven chapters, covering the following: alcohol, tobacco and speed; cannabis; LSD; the decline of Brian Epstein; cocaine; heroin; the police raids, arrests and court cases; and chapters on each of their solo years. From the 1950s to the present day, this is the full story.

Who gave the drugs to the Beatles? I didn’t invent those things. I bought it from someone who got it from somebody. We never invented the stuff.
John Lennon


Riding So High charts the Beatles’ extraordinary odyssey from teenage drinking and pill-popping, to cannabis, LSD, the psychedelic Summer of Love and the darkness beyond.

Drugs were central to the Beatles’ story from the beginning. The acid, pills and powders helped form bonds, provided escape from the chaos of Beatlemania, and inspired colossal leaps in songwriting and recording. But they also led to break-ups, breakdowns, drug busts and prison.

The only full-length study of the Beatles and drugs, Riding So High tells of getting stoned, kaleidoscope eyes, excess, loss and redemption, with a far-out cast including speeding Beatniks, a rogue dentist, a script-happy aristocratic doctor, corrupt police officers and Hollywood Vampires. ‘The deeper you go, the higher you fly…’

Whether you're a stoner, straight-edge or somewhere in between, you won't want to miss this. Riding So High – The Beatles and Drugs. By the creator of the Beatles Bible. 113,408 words. 9 October 2017. Click here to order.

Paul McCartney live at Madison Square Garden, New York City
Ringo Starr live at Planet Hollywood Resort, Las Vegas
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