Professional Idiot

Professional Idiot

A Memoir

Book - 2011
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"It's mind-blowing to me how utterly far gone Steve-O was, and how he looks back on it in this book with such intelligence, humor, and searing honesty. What a truly unbelievable life."
--Johnny Knoxville

From his early days videotaping crazy skateboard stunts to starring in the Jackass movies, there was little that Stephen "Steve-O" Glover wouldn't do. Whether it was stapling his nutsack to his leg or diving into a pool full of elephant crap, almost nothing was out of bounds. As the stunts got crazier, his life kept pace. He developed a crippling addiction to drugs and alcohol, and an obsession with his own celebrity that proved nearly as dangerous. Only an intervention and a visit to a psychiatric ward saved his life. Today he has been clean and sober for more than three years.

Professional Idiot recounts the lunacy, the debauchery, the stunts, the drug addiction, and the path to recovery with bravado, humor, and heart.

"A great book to read before you get on the roller coaster to hell, if you plan on surviving to tell about it like Steve-O did."
--Nikki Sixx, author of The Heroin Diaries

"This is the perfect book for people who hate reading."
--Tommy Lee, author of Tommyland

The feedback I've gotten on Facebook and Twitter from those of you who've read this book has been fascinating, heartwarming, and hilarious. I'm happy to keep answering your questions on there, and I encourage more of you to join in the discussion. Hope to hear from you soon, and thank you all so much.

Love,
Steve-O


Baker & Taylor
Desperate to become famous--and willing to die trying--one of the stars of Jackass found that, as his stunts got crazier and his fame grew, so did his drug addiction, in this no-holds-barred memoir that recounts his glory days, his battle with drugs and his path of recovery and redemption.

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"It's mind-blowing to me how utterly far gone Steve-O was, and how he looks back on it in this book with such intelligence, humor, and searing honesty. What a truly unbelievable life."
--Johnny Knoxville

From his early days videotaping crazy skateboard stunts to starring in the Jackass movies, there was little that Stephen "Steve-O" Glover wouldn't do. Whether it was stapling his nutsack to his leg or diving into a pool full of elephant crap, almost nothing was out of bounds. As the stunts got crazier, his life kept pace. He developed a crippling addiction to drugs and alcohol, and an obsession with his own celebrity that proved nearly as dangerous. Only an intervention and a visit to a psychiatric ward saved his life. Today he has been clean and sober for more than three years.

Professional Idiot recounts the lunacy, the debauchery, the stunts, the drug addiction, and the path to recovery with bravado, humor, and heart.

"A great book to read before you get on the roller coaster to hell, if you plan on surviving to tell about it like Steve-O did."
--Nikki Sixx, author of The Heroin Diaries

"This is the perfect book for people who hate reading."
--Tommy Lee, author of Tommyland

The feedback I've gotten on Facebook and Twitter from those of you who've read this book has been fascinating, heartwarming, and hilarious. I'm happy to keep answering your questions on there, and I encourage more of you to join in the discussion. Hope to hear from you soon, and thank you all so much.

Love,
Steve-O


Baker
& Taylor

One of the stars of "Jackass" recounts the risky and dangerous stunts that brought him fame, his downward spiral into drug and alcohol addiction, the 2008 intervention by friends that saved his life, and his path to recovery and redemption.

Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781401324339
Branch Call Number: BIO Steve-O STE
Characteristics: 322 p., [16] p. of plates :,col. ill., ports. ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Peisner, David

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emmasmommy
Nov 29, 2012

very funny

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Juli420
Dec 30, 2011

A very interesting read, to say the least. Its shocking, at times disturbing, and it does not spare any gory details. Its also funny, endearing,engaging and even inspiring. Steve-O took his life to the extreme, both with his stunts and his drug use, yet he is able to reflect on his life with intelligence,introspect, and an honesty that cuts to the bone. He pulls no punches,and makes no excuses. This book should show us that no matter how fargone we may seem,its never to late to turn things around.

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marishkajuko
Oct 29, 2011

The funny thing is, I've loved Jackass for years, but Steve-O was never my favourites. After reading this book - his memoirs since childhood through his career and rehab treatment - now he's trumping Chris Pontius and Johnny Knoxville as my Jackass of choice.

It turns out, through out his life, Steve-O's often been sidelined as the 'annoying (and perhaps less likeable) one', a fact that clearly contributed to his eventual alcoholism and drug addiction. His life story is far more interesting that I may have assumed - and one aspect of the book I loved the most was how the narrative sounds just like Steve-O's voice. His humility in his new life of sobriety makes the deadpan humour about his troubled past feel very honest and insightful. The fluid story telling made it a page-turner.

Despite this piece of media being a book - and not the film clips, TV and movies Steve-O's built his career on - there are still a number of shocking parts that I found satisfying as a Jackass fan. Reading anecdotes about the production of Jackass and Wildboyz sometimes had me re-reading a few lines, just to make sure I read correctly!

Overall, if you're familiar with Steve-O, I'd say give this book a chance. It may give some his past work, recent notoriety and new sobriety some much needed context.

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