SOBER FOE

SOBER F.O.E.

The purpose of this page is to share some of my favorite sober inspirational resources. The page, much like myself, will be a work in progress. 

A Hero All His Life: Merlyn, Mickey Jr., David, and Dan Mantle : A Memoir by the Mantle Family 
published October 1, 1996

I love the Yankees, as a child I wanted to be Mickey Mantle. I ended up getting sober approximately 3 years before Mantle. This book is unlike any book I’ve ever read. Deeply moving. As a fan of sober biographies, this is among my favorites. Each member of the family providing a perspective on the baseball legend. I've also never encountered a family with so many members getting sober in such a short time span. Once the light went on, it was contagious. 

A Principle of Recovery: An Unconventional Journey Through the Twelve Steps by Jack Grisham
published Aug 31, 2015

An American Demon: A memoir by Jack Grisham 
published: May 1, 2011

Not sure what the literary genre is called, but I love to read memoirs of drunks and addicts. I love reading the stories of their drunkenness. I love reading how they became sober. Mostly because I can relate (sober since 1991), but also because I think a lot of these stories are classic hero overcomes obstacles, loser to winner memories and just real-deal life stories of tragedy, struggle and success.
 
memoir
[mem-wahr, -wawr]
noun
1. a record of events written by a person having intimate knowledge of them and based on personal observation.
2. Usually, memoirs.
  1. an account of one's personal life and experiences; autobiography.
  2. the published record of the proceedings of a group or organization, as of a learned society.
3. a biography or biographical sketch.

I have recently read Artie Lange's "Too Fat To Fish" and "Crash and Burn". I have a stack of books in the genre to be read soon. In my unread stack are a Marky Ramone, Bob Mould and Billy Idol book. Not sure how much addiction is going on in those books as compared to just being a part of the autobiography, but I can say Jack Grisham's "An American Demon" is an amazing book. I loved every minute of it. Reading these types of books is also a way I keep moving forward in my program.

"An American Demon" is a great book for me in this genre, not only because it deals with the alcoholism/recovery but I also identify with the music and the time frames.

I bought that T.S.O.L record with Jack "Greggors" Grisham on vocals when it came out. T.S.O.L. was one of those bands that played what I was looking to hear back in the early 80s and I did a cannonball right into hardcore and the music scene. 

Jack's sobriety started at the age of 26. Mine was 24 (he is older than I, so he still has a couple of years on me).

I have been told I "saw" T.S.O.L. back in the day but I certainly don't remember it.

Luckily I remember seeing T.S.O.L. multiple times more recently. In 2013 (with Flag) and then again in 2014 (with the Damned) and then twice in 2017 (Kung Fu Necktie and White Eagle Hall). Jack Grisham also have a real sobriety presence on his facebook page This 12 Step Life.

This book, his posts, his sharing have helped me progress as I approach my 30th anniversary.

Back to the book. 

I would recommend this book to just about anyone. Thinking about the book from someone not with my background, you might be able to read it as a crime drama, a hardcore punk history book, human interest book... I think whatever you take going in to this book by the end of the first pages you can't wait to get to the end to see how the roller-coaster ride culminates.


One of the best books I have ever read. I love the concept, the presentation and the story. Every great song or album I have ever heard, made me want to write a song and start a band. "An American Demon" makes me want to write a book just like the old zines made me want to start FOE zine.  

I even loved the Epilogue.

"An American Demon" would be a fantastic movie.

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