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History is written by the winners. That’s why the hippies at High Times are crying into their bongs while Mike Edison is lording around town with a copy of his recently published memoir under his arm. Or at least that’s the lede that the former High Times publisher, Main Event editor (The #1 Magazine For Mat Fans Today!), Penthouse letters writer, GG Allin and Raunch Hands drummer, successor to Al Goldstein at Screw magazine, and author of no less that 28 pornographic novels (including the venerable His Black Boyfriend) suggested for his intro. Regardless Edison’s tell-all memoir, I Have Fun Everywhere I Go: Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World, published earlier this spring by Faber & Faber (and companion weirdo beatnik bop punk rock boogaloo CD produced by Jon Spencer) is filthy and hilarious and names names— often with little to no regard for any repercussions professional or otherwise. Rock Against Reagan, the “Counter-Cultural Industrial Complex” of High Times and Heeb magazines, Texas wrestling leagues — none of them at all glamorous once the curtain is pulled back.
Be sure to check out the second half of this interview in issue 2 of Humanbeing Lawnmower where we go deep into the squared circle on all things wrestling.
TB: So do you feel vindicated?
TB: Like your counter has been set back to zero?
TB: Now that you’ve written a memoir are you afraid of people coming back and refuting your stories. You know like calling bullshit the way they did James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces?
TB: Anything in particular that you left out that you’d want to relate here that you couldn’t tell in the book? Or is it still too soon to talk about some of that stuff?
TB: Have you started to see any fallout by anyone you attacked in the book? You were pretty rough on the High Times staff for instance as well as other people that run in some of your same social circles.
TB: What do you expect to be the worst?
TB: Speaking of recreational drug habits, you were probably the only person to ever paint a picture of Dave Insurgent (from Reagan Youth) and GG Allin as well-spoken thoughtful and intelligent people.
TB: One thing you touched on is that people like Dave Insurgent and some of the other guys you hung around with in the punk and hardcore scene in the early 80’s thought that all these prog rock records were really “hard” — and all these bands that were supposedly “hard” were actually real pussy shit.
TB: You were on the Rock Against Reagan tour doing a severely offensive stand-up comedy shtick between bands.
TB: I saw Jello do a similar act MC-ing at some Rock Against Bush thing when he was up for re-election. His whole thing was pretty much taken from David Cross bits and an Al Franken book.
TB: Do you think looking back at the Rock Against Reagan tour and now the whole thing repeating itself with the current administration…is it the whole thing rehashed or a lot of empty posturing?
TB: So after a long run of a career working for magazines—wrestling magazines, drug magazines, porn magazines, High Times, Screw—now that everything is on the internet and immediate do you think your story could have ever happened in any other time?
TB: So you also have this record to go with the book that you did with Jon Spencer? What’s up with that? How’d it come together and all?
TB: Another thing from the book I was curious about was the Edison Cure, which is your one-stop cure all for what ever ails you. How has it evolved over the years and what does it currently consist of?
TB: One thing from the book that keeps coming up this hierarchy you refer to that sounds like it was ripped from the pages of Dr. Zaius.
TB: In your career in the magazine world you made the jump pretty quickly from chimp to orangutan.
TB: So do you see yourself moving on to Giver of the Law at any point?
Click to peep some footage of Mike playing/smoking the ChroniCaster
Check out Mike and Edison Rocket Train on the web.Interview and video footage by Aaron Lefkove.
Pics provided by Mr. Lefkove and borrowed from the Rocket Train site.
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